Wi-Fi that uses 10,000 times less power could soon be on its way 4 years ago

Wi-Fi that uses 10,000 times less power could soon be on its way

This could be a game-changer.

Most of us would be lost without a Wi-Fi connection to provide us with internet access on a variety of devices but one of the unfortunate by-products is the drain it places on battery life.


That may not be the case in the very near future, because some very clever computer scientists and electrical engineers in the University of Washington have come up with a Wi-Fi system that uses 10,000 times less power than the conventional methods we’re used to at the moment.

The exact science behind how the team of electrical engineers and computer scientists were able to devise the new system, called Passive Wi-Fi, is a tad complicated and to understand it, it’s best to watch the video below or read about it in further detail on the University of Washington website here.

Clip via University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering

While the Wi-Fi speed under the new system won’t necessarily be any faster than what’s currently available, the fact that it uses so little power will mean that loads of household devices will be able to communicate with precious little drain on energy resources.

Passive Wi-Fi has already been named as one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review and could well change the way we view and use Wi-Fi in the future.

Watch this space.