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If you’re like me, you have been on more than one road trip where you forgot to carry along your car charger. Then, once you get to your destination, you have to wait around forever before you can hit the road again, as your phone takes ages and ages to charge. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but in this fast-paced world, people appreciate any technology that allows them to do things faster and more efficiently. And this latest bit of technology is definitely faster. Recently a startup company, StoreDot, announced that they have created a battery pack that can fully charge your phone in a mere 30 seconds.

This device is able to function so efficiently thanks to microscopic magnets that are called “nano dots.” Nano dots are bio-organic nano crystals that are only 2 nanometers in size. StoreDot explains their research by stating that they have been developing biological semiconductors that are made from naturally occurring organic compounds called peptides, short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Ultimately, this allows the company to greatly decrease the charging time on batteries.  The company adds, “When applying nanodots in flash memory storage data is written 3 times faster than the traditional floating gate technology. Image sensors utilizing this technology are 5 times more sensitive than existing sensors.”

It may seem like this device would cost an arm and an leg, but it is actually shockingly inexpensive. The company estimates that it would cost about twice as much as a normal charger, so perhaps 60$ max. Commercial production of this device is set to start in 2016, which may be a ways away, but at least you will be able to get a head start on your Kwanzaa/Christmas/Hanukkah list.

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