Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform Sucks Power Out of Thin Air

Technology continues to advance at a startling rate and yet some key components are still stuck in the dark ages -- or at least feels as though they are. Once such component involves batteries, but that might not be an issue any longer thanks to Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform, also known as WISP.

Researchers at University of Washington's Sensor Lab have found a way to extract power out of thin air, eliminating the need for traditional batteries. The Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform is nevertheless in its preliminary stages right now. One of the researchers, Aaron Parks, says, "It's not going to run a video game, but it can track sensor data, do some minimal processing tasks, and communicate with the outside world." Yet this is still impressive and may soon be improved for more complex devices.