In Israel many researchers from Matam to Haifa have embarked on a race to find an innovation that can reduce the loading time of a smartphone in a real way. It is in the USA that the invention has finally been released. A young American student won a competition supported by Intel with a device that can charge a smartphone in less than 30 seconds.
It's a repetitive daily exercise: plug in your phone for a few hours to recharge the battery. An 18-year-old student may have found a way to go faster.
Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California, won the $50,000 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair scholarship. She presented a device called a "supercapacitor" capable of charging a smartphone in less than 30 seconds. This very small device, which can be inserted into a mobile phone, allows for up to 10,000 charge cycles, compared to 1,000 cycles for traditional batteries. Apple, for example, guarantees 80% of the original iPhone battery capacity after 400 full charge cycles. To achieve this, the student worked on nanochemistry and energy storage in a small volume.
In addition to its speed, manufacturers will also be interested in the flexibility of Eesha Khare's small loader. This would make it an ideal component for the next terminals that will equip our wrists (the connected watches) or our eyes with Google Glass. The Mountain View firm is said to have already contacted the young student about her invention. Another orientation of her invention could be the electric car like the Tesla.
Other academics have received awards such as Henry Wanjune Lin of Shrevesport, Louisiana, for his work on cosmos map data. A 19-year-old Romanian, Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu of Romania, won the Gordon E. Moore Award for his street and sidewalk detection solution for autonomous cars at under $4,000. Article by Jacques Cheminat with IDG NS
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(Source: Le monde informatique.fr / Jacques Cheminat with IDG NS - May 2013)