Powering the Smart Home With Radio Waves

Powering the Smart Home With Radio Waves

As the number of smart home devices grows each year, so does the home’s power needs. This is forcing builders to get creative when placing outlets and designing floor plans.

But what if devices didn’t need to be plugged into a wall and instead generated power based on location?

It may sound like science fiction, but according to The TelegraphFreevolt’s Perpetual Power by Drayson Technologies is looking to power devices using radio waves and the Internet of Things.

Cameras, beacons and wearables can all be powered by radio waves
Cameras, beacons and wearables powered by radio waves.

The Freevolt system uses a multi-band antenna to gather electricity from multiple radio frequencies at the same time in order to maximize the energy that Freevolt can collect.

While applications of radio waves have been on small, low-power devices so far, Freevolt should be able to shrink into wearables or blow up to the size of a wall. 

Freevolt’s first product to use radio waves for power is the CleanSpace Tag Air Sensor, which monitors air pollution while alerting the homeowner’s smartphone to air quality changes.

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Freevolt is beginning to roll out connected cameras, sensors and beacons for the smart home to be powered through radio waves and the home’s wireless network.

Builders should pay attention to this unique technology because it could change how you think about your client’s power needs.

About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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