A new technology for smartphone screens could offer a huge boost in battery life, bringing an end to the tyranny of having to find a power outlet at least once a day.
Developed by Bodle Technologies, which is affiliated to Oxford University, the tech uses electrical pulses which are sent to flexible layers on a device’s screen. Precise details are being kept under wraps for now, but it means that displays will need minimal power to function.
Current smartphones use around 90% of a battery’s juice just to stay bright. Display tech is also thought to be stymying demand for smartwatches, with would-be buyers put off by the need to recharge them every day.
Bodle has already secured a ‘significant’ amount of funding from the Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) fund. It's also said to be in talks with some of the sector's major players, although at this stage it won’t reveal exactly who it’s speaking to.
There’s no word on when this new tech will emerge. But if it can make its way into the next generation of iPhones or Samsung handsets, expect smartphone sales figures to boom even more.
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