Google’s X lab is developing better batteries that last longer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but seeing as most of its products require batteries to work (phones, wearables, self-driving cars, etc), the report isn’t hard to believe.
This particular initiative apparently began back in 2012, when Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj started testing Google devices’ power sources. Now, his four-man team is hard at work within the company’s semi-secret facility, trying to advance lithium-ion technology. They’re also attempting to conjure up solid-state battery tech that’s financially feasible to mass produce for consumer products.
You’re likely familiar with lithium-ion, as it’s frequently used in electronics, so let’s talk about solid-state batteries. These are smaller than typical batteries, because they transmit currents across solids rather than liquids. The absence of flammable liquid electrolytes also means they’re safer, which is why Dr. Bhardwaj’s team plans to develop the tech for Glass and even for X lab’s smart contact lenses. It will enable Glass to play more videos on a single charge and allow future smart lens owners to wear them for extended periods of time.
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SOURCE: Engadget, Mariella Moon