What If You Didn’t Have to Plug Your Laptop in for 30 Years?
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Do you think laptops that don’t need to be recharged for 30 years will change the world?
It has been
that funding from the U.S. Air Force Research
Laboratory has resulted in the development of a betavoltaic battery that can
last for 30 years. The batteries are thin and small, and, get this,
environmentally friendly. When they finally die (if you’re still alive), they
are “totally inert and non-toxic.” Crazy stuff. And they’re set to hit the
shelves in two to three years.
To me, this is HUGE (all caps). This puts mobile out in
front in a way like never before. Think of the implications. With this sort of
lasting power, why does anything ever need to be on paper? Everyone could have
a laptop “reader” for news equipped with wi-fi (which
should be ubiquitous
that’s another article), and it could have an interface like
. At that point, why would the paper still need to exist?
I find this development fascinating, and as some of
the creators of the Internet said
, it’s really only the technology
that’s holding us back at this point. As these new developments continue to
happen, whether it be bandwidth increases, longer lasting batteries, etc., the
way we interact with and receive information will continue to change
With this sort of power, honestly, do we need to continue to
waste so much paper? Do we still television and radio? What else do you think
will die? Or do you think everything will last?
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