Innovative Battery Charging Tech Could Charge Smartphone in 30 Seconds
Will the next generation of smartphone chargers be able to charge a battery in under a minute? StoreDot, an Israel-based startup, unveiled a prototype battery charger on Monday that can fully charge a smartphone battery within 30 seconds, reports The Wall Street Journal. A demonstration of StoreDot’s prototype can be seen in the video above.
StoreDot unveiled its prototype charger at Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) “Think Next” conference in Tel Aviv. According to the Journal, the company originally developed the prototype for use with Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S4. However, the company has plans to expand the technology so it can be used with other smartphone makers’ devices.
As seen in the demo video, the prototype smartphone charger is about the size of a standard laptop charger. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, the company is working on reducing the size of the charger and plans to have the device ready for commercial production by late 2016. The cost of the charger is estimated to be about twice as much as a standard phone charger, or approximately $60.
According to company’s website: “StoreDot is a company with a ground-breaking technology, based on its discovery of new generation, self-assembled Nanodots of biological origin. Representing elementary biological building blocks, these multifunctional Nanodots are at the core of several patented innovations by StoreDot, and constitute the future nanotechnology and advanced nano-photonic devices, including smartphones, TV’s, energy storage devices and more.”
Per StoreDot, Nanodots can be used to improve consumer electronics products by creating “bendable, transparent and paper-thin” displays, faster flash memory storage, and more sensitive camera image sensors. Nanodots also have medical applications as a method for drug delivery or for use as biomarkers.
StoreDot’s technology also has applications for batteries, and the company said that Nanodot-based batteries could one day replace lithium-ion batteries. “Due to the size of StoreDot Nanodots, the electrode capacitance is increased, resulting in next-generation batteries and super-capacitors that can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours,” said StoreDot on its website.
However, according to Cult of Mac, StoreDot’s battery-charging technology currently uses the same standard batteries that are found in today’s smartphones. Additionally, the development timeframe cited by the company suggests consumers won’t be able to get their hands on this product until 2017.
Although the prototype of the charger was developed for a Samsung smartphone, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be seeking to acquire this proprietary technology for its iPhone product line. It should be noted that Apple has a history of buying Israel-based startups with innovative technologies. The Cupertino, California-based company bought motion-sensing technology company PrimeSense late last year and acquired flash storage chip manufacturer Anobit in early 2012.
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