Phone makers have increased battery capacities over the last few years, but the rise of Full HD displays and other power hungry components means that battery life is still a daily concern for most of us.
If you can’t increase battery capacity, the next best option is to speed up the charging rate, and that’s exactly what Israel-based startup StoreDot is hoping to do.
The StoreDot was unveiled at Microsoft’s Think Next event in Tel Aviv, and displayed how it can fully charge a Samsung S4 from zero battery life in just 26 seconds.
It’s not a full capacity battery yet either. And they haven’t yet shrunk the tech so it’s small enough to fit inside the phone, as is evident in the above demo video.
But the startup, which has raised $6.25 million to-date and whose investors are rumoured to include Samsung, is planning to do all that. It reckons the speedy charging battery technology could be on the market within three years.
“We are about one year from a functional prototype that will be inside the device,” StoreDot’s CEO and founder Dr Doron Myersdorf tells TechCrunch. “Right now we show a battery that extends beyond the form factor of the smartphone. So in one year we’ll have reached the size, and in two years we’ll reach the required energy density for the entire day.
“So we are talking about three years for a commercial ready device. So I assume it will be three years before you can actually purchase it on the market.”
StoreDot is showing off the battery demo at the Think Next symposium taking place in Tel Aviv today. The technology was actually spun out of research being done into Alzheimer’s disease at Tel Aviv University. That work identified the peptides (amino acids) that are now being put to work in StoreDot’s bio-organic battery.
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