Posts Tagged ‘Battery technology’
  • Sony working on Olivine-Type wonder batteries…outlets cry out in happy harmony
    by Mike
    Posted August 11th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    Any gadget aficionado is more than likely very familiar with their local electrical outlets. Gadgets, especially feature rich, drool inducing gadgets love to suck batteries dry. Unfortunately, batteries have so far failed to keep up with the demands that all of these extra features demand of them. Thankfully, Sony is working on one of many solutions out there that looks to be pretty intriguing. The new batteries feature an Olivine-type material inside that is considerably more energy dense...
  • Dyson Energy Bracelet concept aims to un-tether mobile junkies
    by Mike
    Posted July 6th, 2009 at 7:42 am
    Mobile junkies and gadgety geeks are always looking for ways to get just a few more precious minutes of battery life coaxed out of our favorite gadgets while on the go. I know how frustrating and plain unfair it can be to have your gadget of choice die on you in the middle of a trip with no relief (outlet) in site for several or more hours. Thankfully the forward thinkers consisting of Mathieu Servais, Camille Lefer, Clément Faydi, and Mickaël Denié, all third year students in France at t...
  • Pass on personal comfort for personal entertainment
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 9:13 am
    When the mercury starts rising, many people start heading for cooler pastures, particularly ones with nice soft carpet, comfy couches, and a nice ambient air temperature. That pretty much describes your typical living room. But for those unlucky souls who have to venture outside, a decrease in clothing is often warranted to keep them from melting. However, the true geek never worries about himself but about the life of his gadgets. When others are passing out left and right, you can proudl...
  • Samsung introduces the Crest Solar E1107
    by Mike
    Posted June 11th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    Now before you get all excited and assume that Samsung has come out with some earth shattering, mountain moving solar powered solar powered smartphone, I need to burst your digital bubble and come clean about the fact it isn't very "smart". But, what it lacks in higher end features it makes up for in it's ability to trot around the globe uninhibited by such ancient nuisances like power outlets and cords. Samsung claims that for every hour of solar juice you borrow, you can expect 5-10 minute...
  • Lithium-Sulfur to be the next savior in battery tech?
    by Mike
    Posted June 10th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    It may seem like once every month or two we see another article claiming the next mashup of minerals/chemicals/compounds will somehow yield a dramatic increase in battery life.  The articles rave on how the future of battery tech is near and that the technology in question will finally bring batteries up to par with the demands that gadgets and electronics place on them.  The current compound combination that is garnering attention is that of Lithium-Sulfur.  Much like Lithium-ion, Lithiu...
  • Ride your lawn while loving the planet: Husqvarna Panthera Leo [Green Tech]
    by Mike
    Posted June 10th, 2009 at 9:42 am
    While the futuristic contraption above (the Husqvarna Panthera Leo) is as of writing still a concept, the real thing isn't very far off - 4-5 years says the designers, Husqvarna. The contraption, if you haven't already figured out, is a battery operated riding mower. While push mowers that are powered by electrons are becoming more common, the riding variant is still being pursued. The heavier weight, longer mow times, and overall heavier duty use calls for greater batteries and battery tec...
  • Nokia bringing wirless and accessory free charging to a device near you in 3 to 4 years?
    by Mike
    Posted June 10th, 2009 at 5:42 am
    In what perhaps is the "holy grail" of battery technology, wireless charging has fascinated scientists and tech nerds alike for some time. While improved battery technologies that allow longer run times between charges and different methods such as accessory aided wireless charging (more or less Palm Pre and Touchstone), the coolest and biggest goal to reach is that of wireless, accessory free charging. To put it in more lamens terms, pulling battery juice right out of thin air. Is it start...
  • Solar juice coming to mobile devices everywhere sooner rather than later?
    by Mike
    Posted May 26th, 2009 at 9:10 am
    A gadget lover no doubt has a deep hate for power outlets and power cords as they confine them, stifling their mobile freedom. Sharp on the other hand understands these deep feelings of hate and malice towards corded living and is announcing plans to start mass production on their "mini-solar panel" by June 10th. Production goals are currently hovering around 100,000 per month meaning a worldwide rollout won't be super fast. However, the size, (67.5 x 41.0 x 0.8 mm), coupled with the abilit...
  • Power outlet miles away? Try Air…
    by Mike
    Posted May 20th, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    Battery technology is sadly lagging behind electronic/gadget innovation to the point where we are close to reaching the bare minium standard for runtime.  For example, a typical 3G smartphone browsing the internet over 3G will get between 2-5 hours of runtime.  That is pathetic.  While different storage materials density goals are being developed and reached, something exciting and new has to come along.  It appears that we are finally turning over a new leaf - the STAIR (St Andrews Air...
  • Battery powered battery charger defies common sense.
    by Mike
    Posted April 16th, 2009 at 11:28 am
    Have you ever had a time in your life where your precious electric sipping friend has run out of juice and dies a slow painful death?  Chances are it has happened many times and fortunately you aren't alone.  Batteries don't last forever and won't within the foreseeable future.  Thankfully the world does have some bright individuals and those individuals have supplied us with such inventions such as battery chargers that we can plug into various types of outlets to power our gear.  Until...
  • [Confirmed] Dell Adamo has non user-replaceable battery :(
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    Chalk this up to another stab in the back to consumers everywhere. Apple, usually the company who employs rather unfriendly consumer practices such as fixed batteries that are overly expensive to replace has now affected another company. Dell's astonishingly average Adamo is unfortunately taking some Apple design cues *without the attractive part* and forgoing the user replaceable battery. Yes, you will now have to pay Dell a still unknown amount of money to replace a battery that you shoul...
  • Removable battery coming to iPhone!
    by Mike
    Posted February 9th, 2009 at 10:49 pm
    Future iPhone that is.  Sorry, I had to title it that way...had to get you in here didn't I?  Although it isn't entirely false.  A recent patent filing by Apple shows that they may be looking to catch up to the mobile industry and rock the removable battery like it's 1994.  Probably Apple's most retarded design decision was to make it a closed device without a user replaceable battery.  Quibbles aside, Apple could possibly be looking to remedy the situation with a new patent that has p...
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