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7 Mobile Power Technologies To Watch

Advances in smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and even Internet of Things devices have failed to adequately address one core problem: power. Here are seven up-and-coming technologies that may power our future.
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It seems like everywhere you look, people are crazy about the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the huge potential it has for our world. But beyond the difficulties of actually connecting and securing the billions of new devices and sensors that are expected to come online, there remains one huge hurdle: power.

We have enough trouble providing our laptops, smartphones, and smartwatches with enough power to make it though a single day. Often, we spend countless hours each day trying to figure out how to squeeze a bit more life out of our devices, or we are on the hunt to find that elusive power outlet at the airport terminal. And now we're suddenly expected to believe that the number of wireless and portable devices, sensors, and other mobile IoT components won't run into similar complications? I highly doubt it.

In order for wearables, IoT, and the next generation of mobile devices to really take off, battery and wireless power technologies must take a massive step forward. There are several power technologies that we should all be keeping a close eye on. On one end of the spectrum, we have new advancements in lithium-ion batteries that should be available in the near future. Other technologies, such as solar power and hydrogen fuel cells have been around for a very long time, but haven't been able to succeed due to various technical and cost limitations. But key advancements are removing many of those obstacles. Last, we're seeing progress around wireless power technologies that may be keys to an IoT breakthrough.

Check out the power technologies we think hold the most promise. If there's a technology that you've got your eye on that's not on our list, please share it with us in the comments section below.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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nomii
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nomii,
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8/14/2015 | 2:15:08 AM
Re: battery innovation
@Shamika very true. I think all firms are trying to find the ways and means to reduce the weight and size of the smart phones and hopefully some one will come up with battery solution as well. But can we study any other options then charging the phones. Can it work on some other methods or ..... Lets wait and see.
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shamika,
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7/12/2015 | 4:14:56 AM
Re: battery innovation
@nomii I agree with you. Some apps such as location trackers consume a lot of battery. Therefore it is important to look at these mechanisms to avoid inconvenience for the user.
shamika
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shamika,
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7/12/2015 | 4:04:57 AM
Re: battery innovation
This is an interesting article about the common issue faced by many users. However I prefer the solar power technology if it is a success.
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Gary_EL,
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7/10/2015 | 2:51:20 PM
Re: battery innovation
There are all kinds of improvements to Lithium Ion Batteries being studied and developed in university labs and R&D facilities all over the world, particularly in the US, China, and the EU. There are also some truly revolutionary solutions that go beyond Lithium. Energy storage is the only thing holding back wide-scale use of solar power. One of the problems is that these newer solutions will require totally new manufacturing methods, and they all depend on the rapidly developing science of nanotechnolgy. It really is only a matter of time. I wonder of Elon Musk's giant battery factory will be able to adapt when the time comes, as it will, and probably sooner than later.
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nomii,
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7/10/2015 | 2:21:34 PM
Re: battery innovation
@Pedro I agree with you there. Its a long standing issue which needs immediate attention. I am not sure why it has taken so long for companys to realize it. The future is for smart phones. As all your major chunk will be shifted to your smart phones they will really need a long life to complete your task. One way which I have seen in many countries is people taking power packs along with them to cater for this short time and I think its a good option. But I believe the companys need to figure out some more suitable options like the one mentioned in the artical. I and many more waiting for something concrete coming out soon.
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7/10/2015 | 12:54:16 PM
battery innovation
I'm very happy to hear that companies are looking for new ways to extend battery life.  It seems where ever you go now there are charging stations even at the library.  I can see Tesla being one of the first companies to really mass produce such battery; when so many electronic devices that people have need charging.      
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