This project enables connectivity on everyday objects by transforming them into FM radio stations. To do this, we show for the first time that ambient FM radio signals can be used as a signal source for backscatter communication. Our design creates backscatter transmissions that can be decoded on any FM receiver including those in cars and smartphones. This enables us to achieve a previously infeasible capability: backscattering information to cars and smartphones in outdoor environments.

More details at:


  • FM Backscatter: Enabling Connected Cities and Smart Fabrics
    Anran Wang, Vikram Iyer, Vamsi Talla, Joshua R. Smith, Shyam Gollakota NSDI, March 2017 [PDF]

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