Ambient Photonics Named a Finalist for 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards

Company’s first-of-its-kind low-light energy harvesting solar cells for IoT devices recognized in Smart Cities category

Ambient Photonics has been recognized among the most exciting tech development companies in the connected world by being named a finalist for the 24th annual SXSW Innovation Awards, taking place Monday, March 14 at 6:00 pm CT (5:15 pm pre-event networking mixer) at the Austin Convention Center (Ballroom D) during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 11-20, 2022). Ambient Photonics is a finalist under the Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery category for its revolutionary low-light energy harvesting solar technology, which harvests photons from indoor and outdoor ambient light to continually power IoT (internet of things) electronic devices without disposable batteries.

“The vision of ubiquitous connected devices relies on continuous, sustainable power. Ambient was established to empower device manufacturers to eliminate the financial and environmental burden of replaceable batteries, and together we are unlocking IoT viability at scale,” said Ambient CEO Bates Marshall. “We are honored to be recognized by SXSW for creating the world’s most powerful low-light energy harvesting PV cells — making endless power for IoT electronics a reality for the first time.”

In advance of the Awards Ceremony, finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase on Saturday, March 12, 12 pm-6 pm CT, at the JW Marriott Downtown Austin (Griffin Hall). At the showcase, Ambient will have the newest and most sustainable platform of voice remote controls in their booth from Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) for visitors to experience. Recently launched at CES 2022, the UEI ETERNA Platform remote will integrate Ambient’s unique high-density low-light harvesting technology that delivers up to three times more energy density. The UEI platform may eliminate the need for battery replacement in its products while reducing its global CO2 footprint.

“By partnering with Ambient, we plan to bring our customers our most environmentally-friendly voice remote control to-date,” said Menno Koopmans, SVP of global sales and marketing at UEI. “As UEI has shipped more than 100 million voice remotes already, we believe by upgrading our TV, streaming and TV service provider customers to this unique energy harvesting technology, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability through saving the planet from tons of battery waste and helping reduce CO2 emissions.”

“SXSW is thrilled to honor this year’s most innovative projects and give each finalist the opportunity to showcase their inventions to all SXSW attendees through interactive demos at the Finalist Showcase,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer.

Of hundreds of applications submitted, the Ambient Photonic low-light energy harvesting technology was one of 65 finalists selected across 13 categories by a panel of judges composed of industry peers and experts. Each entry was graded on four criteria: creativity, form, function and overall experience. The winners in each of the 13 categories, plus additional honors will be awarded at the 24th annual SXSW Innovation Awards on Monday, March 14, 2022.

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