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Are your fragile packages safe? Ask Intel’s tiny IoT chip

Good things come in small packages. This grain-sized tag could change shipping forever:

  • Intel demonstrated a prototype “smart tag” for packages at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Aug. 16, 2016.
  • The mote is so small and efficient, using only about 1 milliwatt, that it can run on energy harvested from radio waves wafting through the air around it.
  • For example, a Wi-Fi network on a truck might bathe a trailer full of packages with enough RF (radio frequency) energy to power motes on every one of them, Intel researcher Turbo Majumder said.
  • Intel demonstrated a Quark-based “mote” IoT processor at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Aug. 16, 2016.
  • The tag could detect motion and show it on a chart in real time.

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@Inteliot: “Good things come in small packages. This grain-sized tag could change shipping forever:”


An IoT shipping label Intel demonstrated at IDF this week could report on shipping conditions in real time without needing a battery to stay powered.


Are your fragile packages safe? Ask Intel’s tiny IoT chip