We love startups. We love them even more if they are technology-based. We have so many problems in the tech and telecoms world in Zambia we could spend a week discussing them on end. Our major issue is we don’t have support for most initiatives people may come up with so we lag behind when it comes to inventions that could progress the nation. It seems every new idea is coming from abroad.
Now if there’s anything that bugs people with smartphones, it has to be battery life. So, just this week, the Microsoft Think Next Conference, which is a technology innovation hub took place in Israel on the 7th of April 2014 and one of the inventions that came out, though still a prototype, is a battery that charges in 30 seconds! Yes we dropped our jaws too when we heard about it.
It was created by an Israeli startup group called StoreDot who saw the need for a battery that charges faster than the ordinary seeing as a lot of people practically spend a lot of time on their smartphones. Watch the actual ( and noisy) video of the 30 second charge of a Samsung Galaxy S4 below:
Amazing right? We thought so too. According to The Next Web, StoreDot’s CEO Dr Doron Myersdorf said;
“In essence, what we have developed is a new generation of an electrode with new materials – we call it MFE – Multi Function Electrode. One side acts like a Supercapacitor (very fast charging), and the other is like a Lithium electrode (slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified as well with our nanodots in order to allow for the multifunction electrode to be effective. Although not quite there yet, we are aiming for the same capacity as a Li=ion battery (~2000mAh). Self-discharge is similar to Li-ion as well. We anticipate to reach this goal in one year. Mass production in planned for late 2016.”
The battery charges in 30 seconds which is super fast and its biochemical components allow it to discharge slowly hence you get longer battery life out of it. the battery itself is composed of tiny crystals that are easy to make, are non toxic and contain short amino acids peptide chains that can store charges and even allow the emission of light.
The sad news though is that being a prototype this charging system is still a work in progress and is only likely to hit the market in 2016, if another company doesn’t beat it to it. The battery model is also a bit too large in physical size for the market to handle and it has still be worked on.
Imagine that, a battery that charges in 30 seconds! We can only wait. There will be no more waiting around for that battery of yours to charge for hours, even overnight, when this charging system is on the market.
The future of technology is in our hands really, regardless of where we come from. Get with the right people and develop your idea. All you have to do is not give up. Got an idea you’re working on? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.