Entries with tag prototype technologies.

Prototype Battery Fully Charges in Less Than 30 Seconds

An Israeli start-up is demonstrating a prototype battery able to charge in less than 30 seconds. StoreDot, which showed the battery at this week’s Microsoft Think Next Conference, based it on bio-organic nanocrystals made of peptide molecules. In their demonstration, a Samsung S4 smartphone using the technology went from dead to fully charged in 26 seconds. The item is now roughly the size of a pack of cigarettes. Reducing its size, as well as increasing its energy density, are among the goals of StoreDot, which hopes to commercialize the technology in the next three years, at which time it will likely be twice as expensive as current products. In the past, the researchers have used their peptide-based bio-organic nanocrystals have been used in products such as memory chips and image sensors, and was initially discovered by researchers looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (BBC)(PC Mag)(Tech Crunch)

Tiny Computer Prototype Fits in User’s Ear

Hiroshima City University researchers have developed a prototype tiny computer that a user can wear in the ear and control with facial movements. This could help people who can’t use their hands because they are driving, disabled, or frail. Infrared sensors on the Earclip-type Wearable PC monitor facial movements, based on eye and mouth motions, from inside the ear. The 17-gram wireless device also has Bluetooth, GPS, a compass, a gyro-sensor, a battery, a barometer, a speaker, and a microphone. The researchers say the device should be commercially available by 2016. (The Sydney Morning Herald)(Mashable)(Nikkei)

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