Saturday, December 25, 2010

Running on air

So-called 'environmentally friendly' devices, equipment, even vehicles, usually rely on not-so-environmentally-friendly batteries. This could be changing soon, with new developments in batteries that utilize energy-dense metals that rely only on oxidation with the air to operate. It's expected that these batteries could last around 10 times longer than today's batteries. Not only this, but we can also expect small devices to be battery-free, relying instead on kinetic energy.

As reported by Bloomberg, this is just one of five innovations recently touted by IBM to be available to consumers in the next five years. The company's annual Five-in-Five predictions also mention holographic images from mobile devices, recycling heat from data centers into energy, big advances in GPS technology, and utilizing people as 'walking sensors' for scientific data collection.

Want to know more? Here's a video the company put together:

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