This talk will challenge this assumption by showing how a radical rethinking of the wireless link can push the burdens of energy cost and complexity from edge nodes to access points. Motivated by the desire to understand flight control in insects, we have developed tiny wireless backpacks for dragonflies that acquire and transmit neural and EMG data from flying insects at rate of 5 Mbps. Remarkably, by communicating with modulated scattering rather than traditional radios, we have achieved a communication energy cost of only 4.9 pJ/bit, over 100X lower than traditional approaches. Using wireless power transfer to eliminate the battery, the backpack weighs only 38 mg, less than half the weight of a postage stamp.
Discovery Building, Orchard View Room