"...announced in 2005 that it had developed a 0.3m thick battery..."
Wow, a 30 centimetre thick battery - mobile phones will never be the same again!
Researchers in the US have developed a flexible paper battery which is about the size of a postage stamp. The concept device works like a conventional battery and can pump out around 2.5 volts, enough power to illuminate a small light. The research team at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York claim the design is …
...I can generate lots of them just walking across a carpet. So forgive me if I'm not too impressed by 2.5 volts from a postage stamp.
What about amps? Better yet, what about watt-hours and power densities? Those are what will get my attention - and what they'll need before they can claim to power anything, from a phone to a car.
I assume the technically meaningless comment picked up by Sterling Udell comes from their press release, which is no doubt aimed at attracting investment from those who understand about $ and c but not about volts and amps.
We're always seeing reports about new electrical power sources, whether batteries, fuel cells, or even sub-miniature combustion engines and generators. Goodness knows which if any of them will be practical and economically viable. Still, the bendy paper battery will be ideal to use with the roll-up paper display that we are also promised in the glorious future, especially as that is predicted to require almost no power to operate.
this just in hot of the press.
a team of researches has just discovered a brand new , energy efficient way of storing information on paper.
a plastic or wooden stick like carrying vessel contains a rod of carbon material of a peciuliar softness , so that, when rubbed on paper the carbon remains behind. the other end contains a rubbery substance when rubbed against the previously left behind carbon trail ,erases the forementioned trail thus making the area ont he paper re-usable.
information can be stored and erase directly using simple hand motions, much similar to manipulating a mouse.
the advantage is that no electricity or bulky computer is required. estimated reale price will be around half a dollar beringing this top notch technology well withing access of the masses.
to quote an old paraphrase ..
printer.sys not found . use pencil+paper.sys ?
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