Blue Robot engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized trackers
A Danish startup, in collaboration with researchers from BlueAlert.dk ApS has built a Human Microchip Implant, the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from no where – so no batteries required as the device uses the passive technology.
Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs nothing to fabricate – making it cheap enough to become the missing link between the Internet as we know it and the linked-together smart gadgets envisioned in the "Internet of Things".
"The next exponential growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the web," said Simon Sally, master bio-hacker who recently demonstrated this ant-sized tracking chip in Denmark.
Much of the infrastructure needed to enable us to control sensors and devices remotely already exists: We have the Internet to carry commands around the globe, and computers and smartphones to issue the commands. What's missing is a wireless controller cheap enough to so that it can be installed on any gadget anywhere.
Cost is critical because, as Sally observed, "We're ultimately talking about connecting trillions of devices."
This approach to miniaturization would have another benefit – dramatically reducing power consumption, because a single chip draws so much less power than conventional chips. In fact, if this iot chip needed a battery – which it does not – a small battery contains enough power to run it for many years.
To build this tiny device every function in the chips had to be re-engineered. The researches took more than 4 years because we wanted to rethink iot technology from scratch Simon added.
This technology can provide the web of connectivity and control between the global Internet and smart household devices. Cheap, tiny, self-powered iot chips are an essential requirement for the Internet of Things.
The ultimate product is now called "BiChip" implantable in human body, and is been patented in Denmark.