Sensor Systems Laboratory

Inventing new technology for sensing, robotics, wireless power, and medical devices

Joshua R. Smith, Ph. D.
Director, Amazon Science Hub
Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor
Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Washington

Recent Press

Press Archive

Ambient backscatter: Free energy harvesting from TV signals, to power a ubiquitous internet of things Extreme Tech, July 2013.

The Computing Trend that Will Change Everything Technology Review, April 2012.

What innovations are possible with ultra-efficient sensors? GreenBiz, March 2012.

Is There a Moore’s Law for Energy Efficiency? IEEE Spectrum, March 2012.

A Heart Pump Without a Cord, Technology Review, July 2011.

A Wireless Heart, The Economist, April 2011.

Artificial Heart Goes Wireless — and Gets Safer, MSNBC, July 2011.

Wireless power cuts cord for heart pump patients, TG Daily, July 2011.

Bye-Bye Batteries: Radio Waves as a Low-Power Source, The New York Times, June 18, 2010.

Power From Thin Air, The Economist, June 10, 2010.

Smart Dust? Not Quite, But We're Getting There, New York Times, Jan 30, 2010.

Meet Marvin, The Robot that Can Plug Itself In, The Times (UK), Jan 25, 2010.

Launching CeBIT with Intel's robot, Marvin Craig Barrett, Gov Schwarzenegger, and Chancellor Merkel.

Intel ad: "Josh Smith" (played by an actor) 'Shaking hands with a robot'.

Intel ad: "Josh Smith" (played by Chinese actor)'pulls electricity from atmosphere'.

Intel Aims to Capture Wild Electricity, Seattle Times, June 15 2009.

Intel Plucks Power from TV Signals (At last, a use for Paris Hilton's British Best Friend), The Register, 2009.

Intel Moves to Free Gadgets of Their Recharging Cords, New York Times, August, 2008.

Robots That Sense Before They Touch, Technology Review, 2007. Click here for video.

Sensors Without Batteries, Technology Review.

Living Off Scraps of Energy, CNET News.