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Graphene and how it will become the future of smart devices

17 Jan Graphene and how it will become the future of smart devices

What is Graphene ? 

Graphene is a layer of pure carbon. At just one atom thick, graphene is the thinnest, lightest, strongest, most transparent,  and most electricity-conductive material known to scientists. The ultimate super-material which, mixed with traditional metals and plastic, could shape the future of, quite literally, everything! As carbon is the chemical basis for all known life on Earth and found in abundance, graphene is envisioned by futurologists as an ecological, sustainable solution for a theoretically limitless number of applications.
Graphene research has been particularly fruitful in the fields of electronics and biotechnology, although there’s still work left to do before the element can be produced in a safe and cost-efficient manner. With development in this direction steadily progressing since 2012, when an important scientific discovery proposed a less toxic method for obtaining high-quality graphene, it’s no surprise that display manufacturers, along with other technological enterprises, are heavily interested in the material.

What is it used for ? 

At this date there are two main research filds in which we consider Graphene a good alternative.

Bendable Devices 

A little-known startup in China is gunning to be the first to sell bendable smartphones this year, seeking to upstage Samsung Electronics Co., which has started to dabble in flexible-screen technology.

Moxi Group, based in Chongqing, says it will ship 100,000 of the devices in 2016. They are, at the very least, unique. The phones, which will sell for about 5,000 yuan ($765) apiece, are designed to be rolled into a bracelet and worn on the wrist. The touchscreens work when curled up, or can be unfurled into rectangles to use just like any other smartphone.

For now, the gadgets will only feature black and white displays. with a color version to follow later. Still, that gives Moxi enough bragging rights to beat out other smartphone makers in being first to release bendable products.

Graphene Batteries

Revealed by Chinese company Dongxu Optoelectronics, the battery pack is called the G-King. It has a 4,800mAh capacity, which is considerably more than what we see in a smartphone, and more inline with small tablets, or compact laptops like the 11-inch MacBook Air. Dongxu claims the battery regains its lost charge in 13 to 15 minutes. The battery shouldn’t fall over after a single recharge either. Dongxu says the cell is strong enough to be discharged and recharged 3,500 times, which it states is seven times the strength of a conventional Li-Ion battery.
This innovation could be revolutionnary for electric cars.

Dongxu’s G-King battery was shown off at an event in Beijing at the beginning of July, and seemingly was demonstrated on stage, but that doesn’t mean it’s about to be fitted inside your next smartphone. The company didn’t give any idea when the G-King or a derivative would reach us, and for now remains tantalizingly out of reach. However, the fact it has reached the stage in development where it can be officially unveiled this way represents a positive step closer to fitment inside the devices we use everyday.