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Clear solar panels foreshadow self-charging mobile devices

One of the biggest issues for all Android devices on the market today is run time. People are away from homes and outlets for long periods of time and keeping their devices charged up and running is a big challenge. While some devices allow for swappable batteries, others require external batteries to keep running. One bit of tech that could mean longer run times for devices in the future are solar panels.

Can your sweat power your phone in the future?

California researchers are on the brink of harnessing the power of human perspiration – yes, your sweat – to generate energy enough to power your electronic handheld devices. This is done, for now, through a temporary “tattoo” which has a sensor imprinted on it that could turn sweat into electrical power.

Lithium anodes to bring promise of longer battery lives

Samsung's latest jab at Apple reveals one of the overriding concerns of mobile device users anywhere in the world, that is next to an Internet connection: battery life. Fortunately, Standford University's researchers might be on the breakthrough of reaching that holy grail of battery engineering, a battery whose anode component is also made up of lithium, which can last two to three times longer than batteries today.

Benches in Massachusetts to charge gadgets through solar power

It’s a beautiful day outside and you want to just sit on a bench, marvel at nature and post on social media how wonderful it is to be not inside the four corners of your office or school. But alas, your mobile phone doesn’t have enough juice anymore to take a picture and post it on Instagram (#smartphonebatteryproblems). A project from Changing Environments, a company associated with the MIT Media Lab will help you avoid that kind of situation by building solar-powered benches that can charge your gadgets.

PaperFold foldable epaper smartphone prototype comes to light

What if you had a smartphone that used power-saving e-ink display panels? What if you could attach and detach other similar panels, and fold them this way and that, and the smartphone interface would adjust accordingly? This is exactly the proposition that is being put forward by the Human Media Lab of Queen's University with a prototype of a smartphone, if you could still call it that, called PaperFold.

Sony’s EvolutionUI homescreen turns customization into a game

A certain Disney character once said "in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun", probably the earliest expression of what is now termed "gamification". Sony has just released an internal research project called EvolutionUI that does exactly that, by incorporating achievements and badges into the process of learning how to use your smartphone.

HTC study says beauty and functionality make users happy

It might sound so obvious, but some prefer to have some numbers to back it up, and that is exactly what a research commissioned by HTC provides. The scientific study has concluded that a well-designed object, which is not only functional but also beautiful, can reduce negative emotions considerably.
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