A startup that has created a battery-free Bluetooth sensor tag the size of a postage stamp has pulled in funding from AWS as well as Samsung’s venture capital arm, as excitement grows about the ability of its technology to underpin a low-cost Internet of Things network.
Wiliot already has backing from Qualcomm. It has an R&D hub in Israel and offices in San Diego. It said today it has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round that attracted AWS’s Investment Arm, Samsung Venture Investment Corp. and packing materials specialist Avery Dennison.
The funding follows its demonstration of the first-ever sticker-sized Bluetooth sensor tag incorporating an ARM processor, powered solely by energy scavenged from ambient radio frequencies.
Wiliot Chip: “Dramatic” Change to Product Interactions Looming?
A Wiliot chip glued to a simple antenna printed on plastic or paper can authenticate the proximity of a product by transmitting an encrypted serial number along with weight and temperature data from a device the size of a postage stamp, the company said.