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Techniques include magnetic induction and solar

Silicon Valley may be moving beyond smartphones and tablets and on to smart watches as the latest trend, but one problem still remains no matter the device: battery power.
According to The New York Times, building batteries and new charging methods that can power a device longer is all the rage in Silicon Valley, and Apple is one of the major companies trying to pioneer this particular technology.
The NYT article said Apple is particularly focusing its battery research efforts on its upcoming smart watch, where it's currently testing a few different methods. For instance, a magnetic induction technique has been in the works, which is similar to what Nokia has used for its smartphones. In that case, a magnetic field creates voltage to power the phone when it is placed on a charging plate.
Solar charging is another method being looked at by Apple, as the tech giant posted a job listing last year seeking engineers with experience in the solar power industry to work on mobile devices. This would place a solar-charging layer into the screen, which would capture sunlight as it's worn during the day. 
This idea goes hand-in-hand with rumors that Apple's smart watch will have both a curved display and a thin, curved battery to suit that flexible solar layer. The idea is that more sunlight can be captured for charging if the screen is curved.
Apple was awarded a patent for a flexible battery that would suit a device display last July. 
Yet another method being tested at the Cupertino giant is charging via movement. This would be especially beneficial for a smart watch, which swings on a person's wrist through the day. In 2009, Apple filed a patent for such charging technology.
Apple's watch was supposed to be released late last year, but reports say battery life is a major reason for the delay.
Other tech companies, like Microsoft, have discussed releasing smart watches as well, but we haven't seen anything recently. But Samsung announced its Android-powered Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013, which was released alongside the Galaxy Note 3 for $299.
The Galaxy Gear features a diminutive 315 mAh battery and will only last a day on a charge. Lets see if Apple can do any better.

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Fuel Cells
By tonyswash on 2/3/2014 2:49:19 PM , Rating: 0
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RE: Fuel Cells
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/3/14, Rating: 0
RE: Fuel Cells
By tonyswash on 2/3/2014 6:55:24 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry but your "hating tens of millions of people" shit is getting old, it's complete and utter biased fanboys such as yourself that people don't like.

So when DaveLessnau said this

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