Bellevue, Washington-based technology company Ossia, semiconductor company E-peas and electronic ink technology innovator E Ink Holdings have successfully developed the first-of-its-kind wirelessly-powered Electronic Paper Display (EPD) prototype system that is entirely battery-free. The system is completely wireless and can be powered at-a-distance in a dynamic environment. While the leading-edge technology is currently available for demonstration purposes, the companies plan to make it commercially available by the end of next year. Ossia is well-known for its FCC approved Cota® Real Wireless Power™ technology.
“We are dedicated to expanding our FCC approved Cota technology to the largest sector in the world and increasing the overall potential of IoT solutions,” said Preston Woo, Ossia’s Chief Strategy Officer. “We are further pleased to collaborate with E Ink, the pioneer and commercial leader in ePaper technology, and E-PEAS, a leading semiconductor for IoT applications with the best-in-class solution for energy harvesting, processing and sensing.”
Ossia, E-PEAS, and E Ink envision that wireless power will be a key enabler to the extensive use of smart display solutions in the Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) field, such as electronic shelf labels for retailers, digital signage, logistics tags, and distributed sensor networks. Wirelessly powered EPD devices for the IoT can be used in a wide range of industries, including retail, industrial, logistics and warehousing, said Ossia in a press release.
e-peas is a leading semiconductor company that develops energy harvesting PMICs and extremely-low-power microcontrollers for battery-less IoT applications. The company’s CEO and co-founder Geoffroy Gosset said:
“Our vision at e-peas is to enable the seamless operation of all connected devices anywhere, anytime, in any conditions with smart innovative solutions. “Enabling the broad proliferation of sustainable EPDs and smart IoT devices, in collaboration with top tier partners, is directly in-line with our core mission.”
E Ink Holdings is a leading innovator of electronic ink technology. Its technology is based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab.
“The development of wirelessly powered EPDs is another validation of our technology’s durable and ultra-low power displays being applied to previously impossible and unimaginable applications,” said Johnson Lee, President of E Ink Holdings. “Ultimately, commercializing battery-less ePaper solutions will enable the potential of IoT applications that require ultra-low power consumption displays. It also makes digital transformation easier than one can imagine in various applications such as logistic tags, luggage tags, digital signage and other digital tags.”