In an effort to reduce the rapid battery depletion problems suffered by thousands of smartphone consumers, Google’s Google X division is currently researching on producing next generation smartphone and tablet batteries that will be able to provide more battery life compared to the current generation lithium ion ones. According to a source, a small four person group currently placed at Google X labs have started researching on this particular technology.
The tech can be later incorporated in to smartphones, tablets, wearables, powerbanks and perhaps laptops too. The group is current being led by former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj. It was originally formed in 2012 in order to work on third party products, but now, it appears that Google X has stumbled upon another venture.
The tech giant is currently working on the concept on flexible solid state batteries, which are far superior compared to lithium ion. This is because such batteries replace liquid chemicals with a solid layer where current is transmitted. As a result of this approach, smaller and less volatile (meaning less prone to explosion) batteries could be produced in thin layers, making them ideal to be fitted in an small enclosure such as the rear side of smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables.
While the company has been able to open several doors leading to several different possibilities, one of them happens to be implantation of batteries in to the human body, along with making them highly flexible. Google X is currently working on contact lenses that will be able to measure the blood glucose level inside an individual’s body, and the gadgets could be powered on by batteries inserted inside human beings.
According to Google’s CEO Larry Page, battery life for mobile devices is becoming a huge issue. However, he also stated that it has the potential to evolve in to something better to be used for a variety of different applications. More word on Google’s solid state battery venture will be published as more leaks become available.