Despite the enormous technological advancement in mobiles, laptops and portable electronic devices, if you ask - what is that one thing about these that bugs you the most? - A majority would blame the battery life. A phone battery, for example, would drain out completely within say, 30 hours if the phone has utilised Wi-Fi or bluetooth or any of the power-intensive applications. StoreDot gets the battery from empty to full just within 30 seconds; a task requiring numerous hours for normal battery chargers. There is just one problem: This technology may not be out soon.
StoreDot, an Israeli startup revealed this magic product of theirs at the Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv. The company demonstrated how a Samsung Galaxy S4's battery (2600 mAh) could be replenished under 30 seconds using their prototype charger. This charger of theirs currently works only with the Galaxy S4 but the company says they are working to get the charger to work with all handsets. Mobile companies are currently focussing heavily on various technologies to get mobiles phone batteries charged more efficiently. However, StoreDot's product does not rely on wireless charging.
Interestingly, the company's focus was not on making batteries. StoreDot is a nanotechnology company that has developed 'Nanodots' of biological origin. These nano- crystals are uniform in size, 2 nanometers in diameter, and consist of bio-organic peptide molecules. They possess multi-functional intrinsic properties such as: unique fluorescence within the visible region; electrochemical, charge trapping, piezoelectric, nonlinear optical and others. These peptide molecules are set into motion when connected to a smartphone battery and dramatically reduce charging time.
StoreDot's charger is currently of the size of an average laptop charger and the company feels that it should work on reducing its size before presenting it to the customers. StoreDot comments that it will not be before late 2016 that the chargers will enter the production phase. So, it's right to say that the boring, time consuming battery chargers will be with us for a while.
Source: CNET | StoreDot Website
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