Friday, May 24, 2013

New microbatteries can recharge electronics, including smartphones, in seconds

There is a new type of cell phone charger that can fully charge a smartphone in about a second.  The UK Mail has a typical story about research on the matter at the University of Illinois here.  The technology involves "microbatteries" that remind one of the nano-charging devices from the NBC series by J.J> Abrams, "Revolution".

The media (CNN) has also reported on an 18 year old girl (I believe in the Seattle area) who has invented such a battery for a science fair.  No doubt there will be some competing designs.

The innovation could have positive implication for the resilience of cellular networks and for the power grid itself against attacks or space weather.

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