This week, at Japan’s CEATEC tradeshow, NTT Docomo and NEC unveiled a Lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in ten minutes. The battery is currently only available as an external jacket that fits NEC’s super-slim Medias Android (Japan only) smart phones, hopefully plans are in place to expand the charger’s compatibility to other devices. Zach from Endgadget explains how the charger pushes a large amount of amps to get the battery charged faster as opposed to generic chargers that push a miniscule amount of charge to the battery. There has been some speculation that this massive push will affect the life span of the battery, but this has not been proven.
Above is an ingenious little clock powered by water, yup, you heard me right. It’s powered by pure H2O…and it’s digital. The Water Powered Hydro Clock is eco friendly as it doesn’t use alkaline batteries. All you have to do, is fill the battery capsules with standard tap water and the two electrodes, which produce electricity through a chemical reaction when immersed in water, will power up. The water in the battery capsules only needs to be refilled every two to three months or as needed.
Haimo Bao, Hailong Piao, Yuancheng Liu & Xiameng Hu have designed a set of batteries called Continuance that can be used as normal in clocks, toys, torches and game handsets or they can be carried around in your pocket to be used when an electrical outlet is too far away and your cell phone, Playstation, Mp3 player or digital camera needs a boost. This is because it has a USB port on the side that can be plugged into so that the charge transfers from the battery cell to your device. The design is still in the conceptual phase, but it has been entered into the IF Concept design awards for 2011.