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?

  • The biggest benefit is the freedom it will allow the user. Instead of tethering the students and teachers to one specific location, mobility will be increased. This has already be seen with the advent of wireless projection through devices like Apple TV and AirPlay. Instantly the teacher no longer has to be at the front of the class and anyone can project from their location changing the teaching and learning dynamic. If the batteries prove to be as successful as described above, then the devices will likely become even more compact and mobile. It is hard to predict how significant this will be, but there is considerable potential. - ibeeckmans ibeeckmans Nov 6, 2015
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