Madrona Awards the Madrona Prize to our Backscatter work. http://www.madrona.com/madrona-awards-madrona-prize-backscatter-team-uw-industrial-affiliates-day/ “2016 marks the 11th year of the Madrona Prize which is awarded to a ground breaking and commercially viable technology developed at the University of Washington.  Since Madrona’s inception, more than two decades ago, Madrona has funded 16 companies   Read More ...

Quoting the article “Now researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to eliminate the airtime and the hassle—by using the human body as a conduit for passing security codes from one device to another. By holding a smartphone in one hand, for example, and touching a doorknob   Read More ...

We show for the first time that commodity devices can be used to generate wireless data transmissions that are confined to the human body. Specifically, we show that commodity input devices such as fingerprint sensors and touchpads can be used to transmit information to only wireless receivers that are in   Read More ...

  The article says Shyam Gollakota uncovered a way to create Wi-Fi signals without radio transistors. And here’s the real payoff: These “passive Wi-Fi” devices use 10,000 times less power than a typical Wi-Fi chip, and 1,000 times less power than the most efficient Bluetooth, thereby significantly reducing the need   Read More ...

We introduce inter-technology backscatter (Interscatter), a novel approach that transforms wireless transmissions from one technology to another, on the air. Specifically, we show for the first time that Bluetooth transmissions can be used to create Wi-Fi and ZigBee-compatible signals using backscatter communication. Since Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee radios are widely   Read More ...

FingerIO is a novel fine-grained finger tracking solution that transforms any space around off-the-shelf smartphones or smartwatches into an interactive surfaces. The work got an honorable mention award at CHI 2016.    

Check out the coverage on our first Wi-Fi enabled contact lens prototype. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602035/first-wi-fi-enabled-smart-contact-lens-prototype/

Passive Wi-Fi captured the Best Paper Award at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI ’16) Congratulations to the team

FingerIO is a novel fine-grained finger tracking solution that transforms any space around off-the-shelf smartphones or smartwatches into an interactive surfaces. The work got an honorable mention award at CHI 2016. Check out the project website

Shyam Gollakota was selected by CNN Money as one of five innovators who are changing the world for a recent segment called Visionaries 2020.