Nanotech Startup Promises to Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds

StoreDot promises next-generation battery technology using miniscule bio-organic material.

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Israeli company StoreDot attracted attention on Monday when it announced what could bring some much-needed relief to the daily technological grind: A way to power up your phone and fill its battery in 30 seconds.

During a demo at the Microsoft Think Next Symposium, reported, the nanotechnology company unveiled a prototype of the technology, which is based on bio-organic nano-crystals called "Nanodots."

Because the Nanodots are extremely small (2 nanometers in size), "the electrode capacitance is increased, resulting in next-generation batteries and super-capacitors that can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours," the company says on its website.

But despite the lofty promise and impressive demo, there are still issues to be resolved before the technology becomes available for consumers. These include questions of battery size, capacity (how fast it would drain) and how well the phone will handle the high electrical currents required for charging. Nevertheless, with an Asian phone manufacturer pledging investment and a target date of 2016 for commercialization, StoreDot may yet allow you to wake up, brush your teeth, charge your phone and go to work.

Phone and chargers.Credit: Dreamstime

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