The number of IoT devices — from toys to industrial equipment — equipped for connectivity, sensing, and computing is skyrocketing. Sophisticated materials science, precision engineering, and advanced manufacturing techniques have enabled product designers to include smart capabilities, cost effectively, in an amazing diversity of applications.
However, for all the technological advancements in electronics, materials, and production processes, one component lags: the power source. Unless recharged, batteries stop working. Fortunately, small wireless sensor components, such as those used with many medical implants or e-textiles, require only micro- to milliwatts of current.
The answer is energy harvesting: using the properties of piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, and photovoltaics to generate the tiny currents needed to power smart IoT components. And Jabil, with its expertise in all the disciplines and capabilities needed to design, engineer, and cost-effectively manufacture connected, sensor-equipped products, is the partner of choice for leading brands and their OEMs worldwide.
Motion, temperature differentials, and light are all power sources:
Even radio frequency energy from TV signals, wireless radio networks, and cell phone towers can be harvested.
The accelerated growth of the IoT means that almost everything we can imagine will be connected and aware. And Jabil builds literally everything in the IoT ecosystem — from hyperscale data center servers that host IoT communications to the wearable devices we use to stay connected and healthy.