Ohio State spinoff behind battery-extending phone case turns to Kickstarter for funds

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

An Ohio State University spinoff was awarded $100,000 from Ohio Third Frontier and is trying to raise more than that through crowdfunding for its energy-harvesting smartphone case that extends battery life.

Nikola Labs LLC raised one-quarter of its $135,000 goal in its first two days of pre-selling the product via Kickstarter. The money is going toward the tooling and manufacturing for the estimated January delivery of a phone cases that generates electricity from otherwise wasted radio waves and wireless Internet signals emitted by the phone itself and pulled from the air. The company says it can extend battery life by 30 percent.

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Originally published June 12, 2015.

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