Kyoto University’s Water-powered Smartphone Batteries and SHARP’s IGZO power Efficient Screen for 2013

Two (2) recent developments coming out of Japan have put that First World Country back on the Technology Radar for me prompting a quick observation on its future. As in the immediate future, like next year 2013! This as there is now a strong trending towards higher resolution 5” 1080p Screens with 441 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density for smartphones and Tablets alike in 2013.

SHARP Corporation of Japan, the company on whose account I am a TES (Technical Engagement Specialist) at ACCENT Marketing and JDI (Japan Display Inc), a consortium of Japanese component Manufacturers Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi have already begun production since the start of October 2012 to meet the coming demand.

Already the HTC’s One X+ Quad-Core and HTC’s J Butterfly phone both of which are running Google JellyBean, will packing these above-Retina display Screens. As a quick point, Apple’s iPhone 5 screen is made by SHARP Corporation of Japan.

First Big news is in the Screen Department. SHARP Corporation of Japan IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) Screen technology made its debut on Thursday October 18th 2012AD, promises lower power consumption for smartphones and Tablets. Using a materials technology that makes the Wire traces on the back of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) a little like a girl’s see-through negligee, it promises less LED (Light Emitting Diodes) are needed to backlight the image on the LCD Screen.

That’s basically how a LCD LED Screen common to most computers works, with fewer LED meaning lower power consumption as demonstrated on SHARP’s 7” AQUOS Pad SHT 21, their latest stab at the Tablet market since the Galapagos Tablets went extinct.  A possible companion to their large Screen AQUOS TV line as a remote or alternate viewing screen, the AQUOS Pad SHT 21 boasts the following specs:

  • 7-inch IGZO screen
  • Resolution of 1280 x 800
  • Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB hard drive
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • MicroSDXC port
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi Support
  • 3,460mAh battery

The other big news is in the Battery department. Kyoto University, in collaboration with Rohm and Aquafairy, have developed a Battery technology for Tablets and smartphones that uses thin sheets of Calcium Hydride (CaH) to react with water and generate Electricity with Hydrogen as the byproduct. The collaboration aims to develop the following:

  1. Practical Fuel Cell with a generation capacity of 5Wh for smartphones and Tablets
  2. A Portable power generator with 200Wh Power Output
  3. A 400Wh fuel cell for seismometers, developed in collaboration with Kinkei System

The Battery Technology will be on show at CEATEC in Japan in October and Electronica in Munich, Germany, in November 2012. If this sounds familiar, it should. It’s a lot like the technology developed back in by December 2010 by MTI Micro called the Mobion Fuel Cell Generator that uses Methanol (CH3OH) that can be easily made from reforming Ethanol (C2H5OH) using a portable Methanol Fuel Generator. Possibly the expense of producing Methanol from Ethanol as well as the by-product of the Mobion Fuel Cell Generator, made it impractical for use in electronic Gadgets.

This new Technology steps it up a notch and holds out the promise of Gadgets powered by Water, akin to the invading aliens Technology in the movie Battlefield Earth (2011). But this new development is far from being a Laboratory dream; it’s coming to a smartphone near you in 2013AD, possibly solving a problem that has bedeviled smartphone owners from Day one; the need to constantly be packing a charger to recharge you Internet Connected mobile Device.

With Mobile Computing in the form of Smartphones and Tablet expected to become de rigueur for the Road Warriors, heralding the death of Laptops, Desktops, the still-born Ultrabooks and the already-dead mouse as proclaimed in How the Apple iPad killed Ultrabooks, Printing and the Mouse as the World Rediscovers Tablets, longer lasting Battery Technology and more efficient Screen Technology will help to hasten the death of these devices and mass adoption among our American counterparts an here in Jamaica.

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Lindsworth is a Radio Frequency and Generator Maintenance Technician who has a knack for writing about his work, which is in the Telecoms Engineering Field. An inspired writer on themes as diverse as Autonomous Ants simulations, Power from Lightning and the current Tablet Wars.