When your phone is transmitting, only a small fraction of the phone’s signal actually reaches the receiver (Cell tower, WiFi router), while the majority of the signal is wasted to the air. Our proprietary RF harvesting technology captures that wasted RF energy and converts it into DC power that can be used to power devices.
The case is being produced via a partnership with The Ohio State University that leverages Dr. Chi-Chih Chen’s extensive background in antenna design and energy harvesting. Along with co-inventors Emre Koksal, Ness Shroff and Roland Tallos, Dr. Chen developed technology that could harvest wasted RF energy from mobile devices.
"Although the team had expertise in the technology, designing the harvesting antenna for the iPhone 6 was no easy task. Through countless iterations in board design, the team saw great improvements in the lab. We were surprised to see just how much energy we could harvest through wasted RF waves."
The case can reduce the battery consumption rate by up to 30% without affecting the phone’s communication quality or data rate.
To be one of the first to get a Nikola Case, you can pledge $99 and choose from Black/Grey, Black/Gold, White/Grey, White/Gold, or Red/Grey colors for either the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6. The estimated ship date is February 2016 and the project has raised $40,000 of its $135,000 goal with 40 days to go.