Nikola Labs has developed an iPhone 6 case which converts a phone’s radio frequencies into electricity for its battery – essentially taking power out of thin air.
The case has a harvesting antenna embedded in it which collects any wasted radio frequency energy and converts it back into electricity, which is used as energy for the phone. Currently wasted radio frequencies from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE are converted into DC power. While this amount of energy would not actually charge the phone, it would make the battery last longer, extending the life of a smartphone by around 30%.
With a Kickstarter campaign starting in June, Nikola – in partnership with Ohio State University – intends to have the product on the market in the next 12 months. The cost is $99.