I have expressed my dismay in the past with the odd fascination that Nokia and Cambridge University have with flexible mobile phones, and in particular their much publicized Morph phone concept.
This past week a number of news outlets have picked up on the annual update we get on the progress of this research. I particularly like this one because of the number of video interviews provided.
There is one video in particular that caught my eye and that is the one on a flexible supercapacitor. See below.
What took me a bit by surprise was the speaker, Piers Andrew, highlighting the idea that this supercapacitor would be excellent for enabling much more powerful flashes in flash photography. I certainly understand that supercapacitors are ideal for short bursts of energy like a camera flash, and that the field of making flexible supercapacitors is a fairly new one, so the pride of the Cambridge researchers is no doubt deserved.
But again I ask, is there anyone at the research team who uses a mobile phone? The issue that makes me want to throw mine against the wall is that the battery seems to have the life span of a nanosecond. I don’t want my phone to wrap around my wrist or take better flash photography at night from greater distances, I want mine to have enough power to go a month without having to recharge. Will anyone listen?
Dexter Johnson is a contributing editor at IEEE Spectrum, with a focus on nanotechnology.