30 August 2016
Have you ever wondered why it is possible to share music, photo and video files but not battery life?
Have you ever hoped it was possible to share battery life with a friend sitting close to you when your battery is draining out while his/hers is fully charged?
Do you ever feel like you spend your whole day worrying about battery life when you can possibly get some from your friend? After all, what are friends for?
Have you ever thought about a solution apart from the usual one; charging?
All the above worries are now over and solution now available to them – thanks to researchers at the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, U.S.A., who have come up with a system that can allow small mobile devices take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for communication.
The system is called “Braido”, short for “braid of radios”. The system allows portable devices to tap into the capabilities of larger nearby devices to offload the energy burden and can extend battery life hundreds of times in some cases.
The system is an essentially updated and sophisticated version of Bluetooth.
It works in a way that the receiving device spends energy to get data off the sending device, rather than how Bluetooth works – a bit like a radio-frequency identification chip.
As receiving devices tend to have bigger batteries than senders, this makes a lot of sense.
The system is thin and light. It operates just like normal Bluetooth when a device’s battery is still at a healthy level.
The system uses low-cost components, and the researchers say it could one day be used to make personal devices more efficient, while reducing their physical size.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.