Available for iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6, the Nikola phone case is your first chance to experience this technology.
The idea of bypassing cords and delivering power through the air isn’t new. In fact, around the turn of the last century, Nikola Tesla— the father of modern electricity— dreamed of a future entirely powered by wireless electricity.
To showcase Nikola technology to the public, we went to TechCrunch Disrupt New York. The team generated so much buzz in Startup Alley that we landed a spot presenting in the Startup Battlefield.
Feedback at Disrupt New York was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to also bring Nikola technology to Android users by launching a case for the Galaxy S6.
University Technology Partnership
Through an innovative partnership with the The Ohio State University, the founding team at Nikola Labs saw an opportunity to leverage 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. The idea for the RF harvesting phone case powered by Nikola technology was born.
Developing the Technology
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.
Co-inventor and engineer at Nikola Labs, Roland Tallos demonstrates below.
Prototyping the Case
After proving the technology in the lab, we needed to bring the phone case to life. This involved many iterations of rapid prototyping and user testing of both the phone case and antenna design. We needed to get this technology in the hands of real people.
Although we have many revisions of working prototypes, we’re still iterating the case design to optimize performance and manufacturability.
Local Supply Chain
Building community is critical to our mission at Nikola Labs, and we believe that building a strong community starts with local. That’s why we are sourcing nearly all of our suppliers right here in Ohio.
What is Radio Frequency (RF) harvesting technology?
Mobile devices like tablets and phones use RF waves – like WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE – to transmit data through the air. These RF waves are a form of energy and can be harnessed to create electricity. The process of converting RF into direct current (DC) power was first pioneered by Nikola Tesla over a century ago.
Did you know phones emit and waste large amounts of RF energy?
At Nikola Labs we use technology invented by Dr. Chi-Chih Chen and his research team at The Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory to harvest RF energy.
Meet Chi-Chih in the video below.
We put this RF harvesting technology into the Nikola phone case to make your battery last longer.
By recycling the wasted RF energy given off by your phone — our case significantly extends your phone’s battery life between charges. Giving you what's most important: time.
Dr. Chen explains the case’s technology.
Nikola technology slows the rate at which the phone’s internal battery discharges, without impacting data transmission rates or call quality. Over time, you can see that the slower battery drain rate adds up to significant overall improvements in battery life performance.
Future Product Development: Our line of cases is just the beginning for Nikola Labs. Our team has outlined the next products we will launch and our R&D team is dedicated to this innovation.