I think science fiction has ruined the concept of nanotechnology for me. However for a company like StoreDot, an Israel-based start up, the concept is making avenues into everyday objects. In this case, your cellphone.
StoreDot’s mainstay are called “nandots”, which according to their website have, “potential to enhance current technologies of smartphones and TV displays, batteries, bio-LEDs, and bio-lasers.” The nanodots themselves are crystals composed of bio peptide molecules that weight in at a mere two nanometers per crystal. Although the uses for these nanodots range between a number of electronic items, StoreDot decided to bring a “next generation” cellphone battery to this year’s CES.
The battery itself uses the nanodots to increase electrode capacitance, which is a fancy way of saying that the battery charges really fast.
According to this BBC article, “A Samsung smartphone has just been recharged from being nearly out-of-juice to full capacity in less time than it takes to boil a kettle.”
The charger and battery have also been slimmed down from a previous design introduced about eight months ago. The article states that there are still some trade-offs in using the technology (if a retrofit was attempted, most devices would be fried), and although the BBC tested the device to make sure it was actually charging the phone, StoreDots chief executive Doron Myersdorf said those tests are easy to fake. He’s hopeful that in the future the technology will be peer reviewed so as to prove its authenticity.
It’s refreshing to see a company acknowledge issues like this. Myersdorf has even gone on to say that StoreDot is working on improving the energy density of the current battery to match the current density of typical lithium-ion batteries while also reducing the girth of the battery.
The news of this technology has not fallen on deaf ears it seems as Myersdorf has also claimed that phone-makers in the United States, China, South Korea and Japan are already in talks to license or buy the battery technology for their phones.
What about our audience? Do you think this technology is as innovative or exciting as it seems?