There are two necessary evils that we despise about gadgets: the need for batteries, and the need for cables. LG Chem has now come up with a way to combine both cables and batteries into one thing (a "batterble," if you will) that's a full 50% less evil. It's not quite good, but it's way better than what we've got now.
Ah yes, another amazing battery technology guaranteed to make everything from electric cars to cell phones charge instantly. This one comes from boffins in South Korea, who have added carbon networks to lithium-ion batteries to make them charge anywhere from 30x to 120x faster.
External battery packs are great, except they're hindered only by how much capacity they come with. Exogear's Exovolt Plus is different — it's stackable — meaning you can pile on as many together and create a battery powerful enough to recharge even the biggest power guzzling gadgets.
Researchers at Rice University in Houston have developed a technique to deconstruct each element of the traditional battery into a liquid, which can then be literally spray-painted in layers into any shape, and onto any surface.
With a few exceptions, most of the battery technology that we write about isn't exactly close to making your gadgets better in the near term. This battery technology is, and it could triple battery capacity within a year.
Carbon nanotubes have promised some incredible advances in power efficiency, but one of the most promising (and most realistic) is boosting the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by a factor of two in the near term, and eventually by five. Suddenly, your electronics that last all day will be lasting all week instead.
If you were given the Jeopardy! category "things that breathe," chances are your answer might be, "What are living creatures?" Chances are also high that your answer would not be, "What is a battery?" You'd now be wrong.
Cables are the bane of the existence of everyone with more than just one or two gadgets, and it seems like we're going to be stuck with them as long as wireless charging remains at the novelty stage. Luckily, we're surrounded by cables almost all the time (in the form of clothing), and electrifying those could be an easy way to pipe electricity to literal pocket chargers.
In the racing game, shedding weight is key towards going faster. A new technology has been developed that essentially turns carbon fiber and glass reinforced plastics into a power source — that means turning the car's frame into a battery instead of relying on hefty batteries.
As the world's population continues to grow, fresh water is becoming one of the most valuable (and contested) resources on the planet. Whether it's for drinking, agriculture, or keeping our armpits clean, we need more of it, and we now may be able to make that happen with little more than a fancy battery.