Self-Charging and Never-Ending Smartphone Batteries Might be Here Sooner than You Expect
Over the past few years, smartphone devices have evolved immensely; be it in terms of camera, storage, or sheer processing power. The latest point of interest seems to be never-ending battery life.
According to a group of researchers at MIT; self-charging and never-ending smartphone and wearable-tech batteries are very much possible. The basic concept is to somehow transform the mechanical energy generated by walking into electrical energy.
In order to do so, two very thin Lithium-alloy sheets need to be used as electrodes. These electrodes need to be separated by a layer of porous polymer soaked into a liquid electrolyte. When attached to your joints, the Lithium-alloy ions will move between the two sheets and convert mechanical energy – produced by walking – into electrical energy.
However, one thing to note here is that the MIT researchers are just at the beginning and there may be some time before the technology becomes completely usable by the masses. According to MIT professor Ju Li, only 15 per cent efficiency has been achieved using the said technique, but there is indeed a hundred per cent success rate.
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