The dream of living your life free from the shackles of your phone charger may soon be a reality. Technology company Intelligent Energy claimed on Monday to have developed the world's first built-in hydrogen fuel cell that would allow your iPhone to go a week without charging.
Here's how it works: A rechargeable hydrogen fuel cell built into your iPhone would generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, producing "only small amounts of water and heat as waste," according to the Telegraph. While extra batteries tend to make your otherwise sleek smartphone bulky and awkward, this revolutionary cell would theoretically keep your phone alive for a week without altering the device's size and shape. This cell itself would be refueled by gas itself via an adapted headphone socket.
"To our knowledge this has never been done before," said Henry Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, according to The Telegraph. "We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery."
Technology analysts are speculating that Intelligent Energy is already working closely with Apple to make their product a company-approved reality. While both companies have refused to comment on that matter, they do have a small history together: IE's Upp external battery, a technological predecessor to the internal fuel cell, is currently on sale in the Apple Store.
If these do come to market, IE is expected to develop a disposable cartridge to be inserted into the bottom of your smartphone. According to the company, the wait boils down to the speed at which their unnamed "partner" wants to get things done. For us those of us hamstrung by the tyranny of smartphone chargers, this new battery can't come soon enough.
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