It’s such a hassle to wait around for your smartphone to charge, especially when you’re in a rush to run out of the door.
Standing awkwardly close to a wall socket for hours is soon to changed thanks to a smart chip developed at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
The chip is small enough to be embedded in many smartphone batteries. The developer, Professor Rachid Yazami, believes it can be used in all different kinds of other batteries for music docking stations, portable devices and electric cars.
Current lithium batteries used in most smartphones slowly recharge to avoid overheating. This new chip avoids this delay by using an algorithm that measures how much charge is left and then adjusts temperature and voltage, allowing the batteries to recharge at full speed. Professor Yazami explains:
Current chargers do not take into account the health of a battery when charging it. They send the same amount of charge regardless of the battery’s condition. With this chip, the charge can be regulated to avoid damaging the battery.
The University aims to have this new smart chip ready for manufacturing by the end of 2016.