Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Charging Your iPad in Less Than a Minute is No Science Fiction Tale

StoreDot Super ChargerIt always seems like my iPad runs out of juice at the most inopportune times. I’ll forget to charge it and, when I’m running out the door, I’ll realize I should have plugged it in a half hour ago if I want to have enough battery power to last through the evening. An Israeli tech start-up claims to have the ability to charge mobile devices in 30 seconds. Although still a few years from being ready, it may be possible by 2016 to get your iPad ready for that long trip in under a minute.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tel-Aviv based tech development company StoreDot unveiled a prototype charger that can charge a mobile device from near zero to 100 percent in approximately 30 seconds. The company developed the prototype specifically for the Samsung Galaxy 4 and demonstrated the device at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv. StoreDot plans to make the charger for a variety of mobile devices.
Although there is little information known about the charger itself, the Wall Street Journal notes that StoreDot has been developing biological semiconductors made out of naturally occurring peptides. The chain of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins, can be used to speed charge times.
The super fast charger is still in development phase. The prototype is about the size of a laptop charger. However, StoreDot will continue to work on reducing the size to satisfy consumer desire for mobility. The charger will probably cost somewhere around $60, which will hopefully begin production in late 2016.
You can see a video demonstration of the charger here.

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