This article discussed the progress researchers are making in developing essentially "wireless electricity" for batteries and other devices that require charging. This holds huge potentials for the world of IT in improving the way batteries are manufactured; these newer batteries are supposedly 10x more powerful than traditional lithium batteries. The article discusses the progress on these batteries by talking about a new "fluffy carbon electrode" that researchers were able to study and harness. Scientists at Cambridge University are currently researching the air batteries, and they say the technology still needs another 10 years before it is perfected. The reasoning behind this is mostly because of the questionable outcomes of the batteries by environmentalist-minded people. One concern is that the batteries will be unstable and dangerous. Furthermore, even if the batteries are stable, they will perform poorly or give out less charge than traditional wire chargers.
The upsides of this technology are very obvious though; convenience of use and ability to charge multiple objects faster add to the advancement towards wireless-technology. Another use these batteries are aimed to do is to help power cars. The larger purpose of this technology is to be used as a form of energy that could help improve or even replace the need for fuel. I think that this energy seems very promising, and makes me start to think just how far away “the future” really could be. If these batteries end up working as intended, a whole new doorway to new technologies could be possible. I think this idea is something worth keeping an eye on over the next few years as this science progresses.
Right now, the biggest problems the researchers face is the instability of the batteries (resulting in an explosion if improperly balanced), and the impurities of the air – the batteries require pure oxygen, something that is harder to find than one may think in today’s world.
Sayer, Peter. “Fluffy carbon electrodes bring lithium-air batteries closer to reality.” Computerworld. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2999898/emerging-technology/fluffy-carbon-electrodes-bring-lithium-air-batteries-closer-to-reality.html. Last accessed: November 1, 2015.