If you’re like most people, your phone is practically a third limb. It’s never far from your hand and it has everything you could ever need while you’re on-the-go. You’re pulling it out to check your calendar, mindlessly read your Facebook timeline, and perhaps even make the ever-so-old school phone call.
And, since your phone is getting so much use, that phone battery probably isn’t lasting very long. Before you know it, you’ve drained it down to that one, lonely sliver of red, balancing dangerously close to the fully drained battery of death. It’s time to plug in that phone and wait what feels like an entirety for just enough battery power to get you through the rest of your day. But what if it didn’t have to be like that?
One start-up company in Tel Aviv is hoping to change all that. They’ve developed a prototype phone charger, recently unveiled at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, that utilizes nanotechnology to help charge your phone. Nanotechnology sounds super fast and super high tech, mostly because it is, but can you guess how fast it really is? Half an hour? 15 minutes? Please, those numbers are small potatoes! StoreDot, the company behind the charger, is claiming to be able to charge your phone from 0 to 100% in only 30 seconds! We can practically hear the choirs singing!
Now, the reason the technology works is thanks to the bio-organic nanodots, which are tiny conductive crystals that allow for practically Superhero charging speeds. But, according to the CEO, that might be one of the product’s disadvantages. According to him, the “industry is not ready” for this kind of technology. This would be a complete game changer when it comes to charging your electronics. Plus, there’s no mention of what this sort of rapid charging could do to the current batteries in your device. Maybe it’ll do nothing, and maybe you’ll find yourself with a dead battery that can’t hold a charge no matter how fast it is.
As it is only a prototype, we’re pretty sure the industry has a while to get their ducks in a row before something like this ever becomes available. As it stands, the charger isn’t exactly ready for commercial sale. In this ultra-slim, super portable world, this charger would stick out like a sore thumb. It’s roughly the size of a laptop charger in its current state, meaning it would take up a lot of valuable bag space and look pretty funny in your back pocket! Not to mention, it would probably hurt to accidentally sit on it.
Beyond size, there’s also the issue of price. No official retail price has actually been revealed, but the company is guessing it will cost roughly twice as much as your typical phone charger. So, if a typical charger costs around 30 bucks, we’re talking a rough 60 for the chance to charge your phone in under a minute’s time.
But, for that kind of convenience, it could be worth every, single penny!
(Story via Mashable)