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The phone you only have to charge once a week uses technology developed by Begbroke Science Park tenant Bodle Technologies
The hassle of having to charge your smartphone for hours a day could become a thing of the past, a recent article for the Daily Mail Online reveals. British scientists have created a material that replaces the screen glass for phones, tablets and smartwatches, but uses no power – meaning they could be charged weekly.
The discovery is significant because more than 90 per cent of a device’s battery power illuminates the screen. Technology firms have focused on improving battery life. But the British experts say tackling the main drain on a gadget’s power may give better results.
Oxford University engineer Dr Peiman Hosseini, who invented the material, told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘You have to charge smartwatches every night. But if you had smart glass, you could recharge it just once a week.’
The innovation uses electrical pulses to create displays that require no power and can be viewed even in direct sunlight. Dr Hosseini’s company, Bodle Technologies, an Oxford University spinout with its base at Begbroke Science Park, hopes to have a prototype in a year.
‘This is the right moment to be an academic at Oxford,’ Dr Hosseini said.
Battery life is seen as a major stumbling block for modern computing and technology. While the power of technology and lifestyle gadgets has improved exponentially in recent years, batteries have not kept pace.