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A smartphone that charges in 30 seconds: Engineers unveil new 'bio-battery'

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Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2014 12:58 AM by AlexMuller

Find it difficult to make it to the end of the day with a full battery on your smartphone? Well, the solution might be on the way sooner than you think with engineers in Tel-Aviv showing off a device that can charge a smartphone battery in just 30 seconds.

 
The prototype battery is currently the size of a cigarette packet and requires a special power source, but its creators - two-year-old Israeli start-up StoreDot - say that they’ll be able fit the technology into a regular smartphone in a year’s time and plan on producing a commercial device in three years.
 
The key to the battery’s incredibly quick charging time is the use of self-assembling nano-crystals made from peptides; a type of amino acid thats used in various biological processes in the body.
 
These tiny, conductive structures (spheres just 2.1 nanometers across) have unique properties that make them useful to electronic engineers. They’ve previously been used to develop memory chips that can write data three times faster than traditional devices.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-10
+2
We all anticipated that multidisciplinary research is going to produce big breakthroughs and now we have examples like this - new conductive structures - that are entering soon our everyday life, our smartphones. Great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-10
+3
Yes, this is a new type of material, with new physics, new chemistry, that is actually coming from nature! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-10
+3
There is also an issue of costs. To some people, this could be an important factor that may prevail over benefits. "The new batteries are likely to be 30 to 40 per cent more expensive to manufacture than traditional ones and that any products that integrate them are likely to be twice as expensive as devices currently on the market."
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-10
+0
Not everyone would agree. I believe that many people would accept a modest increase in thickness and weight if only to get better battery life. Cost? Not sure! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-10
+3
The battle is not over yet. Smartphones are unquestionably one of the most useful devices of the 21st century but they continue to have one critical flaw; battery life. Battery life will be the new smartphone battleground Reply


 

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