Ever wondered why the batteries in your smartphones and other devices aren’t progressing as quickly as the rest of their features? Google has too, and so the company is doing something about it.
Google reportedly has a four-person team working on battery technologies inside its semi-secret Google X labs. The team is said to be headed up by Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, who used to be a battery guru at Apple. The focus of the team’s efforts is said to be on advancing battery technologies like the lithium-ion packs that are in many of the devices that we’ve already got, as well as thinner solid state batteries.
Between its Android phones and tablets, Google Glass, driverless cars, and a contact lens that can measure glucose levels, it’s no surprise that Google is interested in advancing battery technology. If Google can figure out how to improve batteries, it’s got a huge roster of products that would benefit. Exactly what kind of battery advances Dr. Bhardwaj and the Google X team achieve remains to be seen, but I’m sure that we can all agree that we’d love to see some major advances in battery tech, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this effort in the future.