Researchers from the Delft University of Technology (TU), Netherlands and Northwestern University, Evanston, U.S., have taken significant steps in developing internet-connected devices that work without a battery. In technical terms, this involves “battery-free intermittent computing” whereby devices obtain energy from their environment. The trick is to configure them in such a way that they perform tasks properly despite the fact that they occasionally fail.

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Author profile picture Maurits Kuypers graduated as a macroeconomist from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in international work. He has been active as a journalist since 1997, first for 10 years on the editorial staff of Het Financieele Dagblad in Amsterdam, then as a freelance correspondent in Berlin and Central Europe. When it comes to technological innovations, he always has an eye for the financial feasibility of a project.