We love our smartphones. They’re like our best friends. Always there for us in times of need. Whether that be lost in the middle of London, in dire need to make a call, or just simply to pass 10 minutes whilst your sat on the train, we can simply pull it out of our pocket and enjoy its super smart technology. But like any friend, there are things we don’t like about them. Of course it never talks with its mouthful or gets touchy when it’s drunk, no, it drains battery life. And fast.
In modern day smartphones it’s perhaps the thing that annoys us most. The Apple iPhones notoriously drain, a problem they have tried to remedy, but forget Apple, because another major tech firm could be the answer, vacuum giants Dyson.
Investing $15million in a new type of battery, the UK based firm believe the new battery could have double the life of smartphones and even allow electric cars to drive over 600 miles per charge.
Named Sakti3, it relies on solid lithium electrodes instead of more traditional liquid mixtures, and will be huge for gamers in a world where mobile phones are becoming closer and closer to console standard.
We’re playing more and more than ever on the likes of Angry Birds, social games such as Candy Crush, and games on the best UK online casinos, and extra battery life could start putting real pressure on its home entertainment rivals.
Not only will the batteries save you from losing a big pot in the casinos, but they could also be made thinner, lighter, and safer.
James Dyson, the founder of the company said, “Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance, which current battery technology simply can’t.
“It’s these fundamental technologies – batteries, motors – that allow machines to work properly.”
It could be a major step forward for smartphones, and could almost be as revolutionary as the smartphone invention itself. It’s one of technologies largest frustrations now, particularly when we regularly rely on mobiles to shop, bank, game, and navigate, on top of calling and messaging.
The Sakti3 technology was developed at the University of Michigan, and will eventually feature in smartphones, tablets, cars, robots, and even solar panels and wind turbines.
Ann Marie Sastry, founder and chief executive of Sakti3 believes their partnership with Dyson could be just the thing needed to take it to the mass market, and make dying batteries a thing of the past. She said, “There is a great deal of knowledge and passion on both sides, and Dyson’s engineering team has the capability and the track record to scale up new ideas and make them a commercial reality.”
Dyson’s investment does mean that it will appear in their products first, but no doubt it will take advantage of the mobile market as soon as possible. And we can’t wait for our good old friends to quite their annoying dying habit and last that little while longer.