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Mobile phone-based object finder using energy scavenging to power misplaced objects

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A new method to locate misplaced objects will be investigated and prototypes will be built. Tests will be conducted to determine the suitability of the technology for object finding and for sensing. The technique, for which a patent has been filed, combines the simplicity of a smart phone with Wireless Low Power Communication (such as the new Ble communication or 802.15.4/ZigBee) interface and the use of energy scavenging to communicate with the misplaced item. The appropriate power saving modes and communication heads (for the object to find and the sensor) will be built. Tests between object and search tool will be conducted and the results and limits of the technique documented in a report.