One of the coolest things that we saw at TechCrunch Disrupt New York was a new sort of phone charger/case. Nikola Labs has developed technology that converts RF (radio frequency) signals – things like Wi-Fi signals, LTE and 3G, and Bluetooth – into power. The company has condensed this technology down, and put it into a phone case. This case, in turn, charges your phone throughout the day, anytime it comes into contact with RF signals. Further, as your phone produces RF signals on its own, the Nikola Labs case charges your phone, from the power it generates itself.
Nikola Technology efficiently converts RF signals like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE into DC power using its proprietary energy harvesting circuit. The result is usable energy that can provide power to mobile devices wirelessly.1
The company is named in honor of Nikola Tesla. The company told us that they were inspired to carry out the development of their product and company by Tesla’s autobiography. In the autobiography, Tesla listed 12 that wireless technology would revolutionize the world. To date, all but one has come to fruition: the ubiquitous wireless transmission of electricity. This is where Nikola Labs comes in. This phone case – which will be on Kickstarter in the coming days – is just the first product of many that utilize the RF converter.
We had a chance to speak with the Nikola Labs team during TC Disrupt. They told us a bit more about the phone case, as well as some of their future plans: