Imagine charging a dead Samsung S4 smartphone in only 30 seconds. True story, because that's precisely what happened at the Microsoft Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv, thanks to a prototype battery by Israeli startup StoreDot.
Their demo battery pack was attached externally to the S4 and is made from biological structures. The firm estimates it might take three years before the battery pack could become commercially viable, and believes that they'll be able to integrate the battery within a smartphone in a year.
Natural staying power
How does it work? Amazingly, part of the research for the device came from an Alzheimer's disease study at Tel Aviv University a decade back, which identified what StoreDot calls 'tiny self-assembling nano-crystals'. These 'nano-dots' are spheres that are made up peptide molecules with a diameter of 2.1 nanometers.
StoreDot has used the nano-dots in memory chips that they claim run three times faster than traditional flash memory, and even used it as an alternative to the cadmium in screens.
Too much technical jargon? The only thing you'll need to know is that you won't need to worry about last minute charging anymore.
The downside is that StoreDot predicts the batteries will cost at least 30-40% more, but making them? That won't be too hard, the company says.
[Source: BBC News]