Week-long mobile battery, on the way!
Another day, another wild promise about mobile batteries that will last for aaaaaaages. So what's this new one about? Well, this has been developed in Blighty, and after they harnessed the power of hydrogen for London black cabs, they're now making a mobile battery that will only have to be charged once a week.
Intelligent Energy Holdings say that hydrogen fuel cells will be made, that are small enough to put in a mobile phone. This tech converts hydrogen into electricity, which leaves water vapour as a byproduct, so you might have to tip your phone out now and then.
"Embedding fuel-cell technology into portable devices provides a solution to the current dilemma of battery life," says Julian Hughes from Intelligent Energy's Consumer Electronics division; "With consumers demanding more and more from their phones, battery innovation has not kept up."
Henri Winland, who is Intelligent Energy's chief executive, says: "The killer app is a battery with a seven-week refresh life and we think that will appeal to everyone. It's not just for intrepid explorers."
Obviously, these people aren't great at communicating, but the thought of a battery that only needs to be charged once per week, is pretty great.
The company have a deal with an unnamed smartphone maker, which is going to allow them to develop a prototype fuel cell phone, and more than just helping us lot to stop plugging our phones in, the real joy of this tech is that it will help those people who live off the grid, maybe in rural parts of the third world and what have you.
Hughes continued: "What we offer is a solution that is clean and efficient and means consumers could be truly mobile and free from the constraints of the grid."