What are Next Generation Batteries?

Two long-term trends are converging to make it possible for the first time to imagine batteries that charge incredibly quickly, last for days, and can be recharged thousands of times with no loss of efficiency. The first of these trends is in the development of low-power-consumption processors, LED lights, and other high-efficiency technologies. Coupled with a recurring cycle of advances in lithium battery technology, this is resulting in devices that require less power and have significantly longer-lasting, high-efficiency batteries. Among these are advances that are improving the safety of lithium technology while increasing the capacity of the batteries using it, such as solid state and polymer batteries. While the impact of such a technology on learning is currently challenging to measure, it is easy to imagine that as users feel less of a need to be tethered to power supplies, they will be using their devices more — anywhere they want.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • My bedside table looks like an electricity substation, with charging connections for six (!) devices, and I have yet to see a universal solution for that that meets my needs - see wireless power section. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 22, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research, or creative inquiry?

  • Batteries have presented a serious barrier for advancing a number of technologies. The apple watch is a good exampleof how wearables are affected. Power limits are making it necessary to keep the watch tethered to the iphone. An independent device would easily be more appealing. - billshewbridge billshewbridge Sep 28, 2016
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