Intel working on battery-free mobile gadgets

10 December 2008 No Comment Mike Evans

Shiro SQ-S solar-powered Personal Media Player
One of the biggest problems with all mobile and portable gadgets of any form is their batteries, which tend to run annoyingly flat at the drop of a hat. Intel, though, thinks it’s solved the problem. It’s working on a series of technologies that effectively means mobile and portable gadgets will be able draw power through their environment and thus will be able to do without a battery.

According to PCWorld, these gadgets can be powered using “…tiny sensors that can capture energy from sources such as sunlight and body heat…In the future, such energy could be used to power personal electronic devices such as cell phones.”

Intel are looking into all manner of different ways of harnessing the energy from the environment. Body heat, the movement of a phone’s trackball, power from a mobile phone basestation, and the sun, are all areas of interest by the company in its quest to completely unshackle the world of gadgets from their dependence on bulky, expensive and annoying batteries.

Solar-powered PMP player anyone?

Which, incidentally, leads me briefly to another story: the Shiro SQ-S Personal Media Player (above), which is entirely solar powered. Apparently it takes six hours to completely charged, but if you don’t have that long, you can always recharge it via a USB port.

Seems that batteries may very soon go the way of the external mobile phone antenna (remember those?!), and good riddance too!

[Source: SlashGear, MobileTopSoft]


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