batteries

Utah State University unveils public transit bus with inductive charging

Utah State University unveils public transit bus with inductive charging

Researchers at Utah State University in Logan, UT have figured out a way to bring inductive charging to public transportation with an electric bus that's capable of recharging itself at each bus stop. Charging plates under the the pavement at each stop charge up the battery inside the bus, and while the plates and the bus have to be lined up somewhat in order to charge, they don't need to be perfectly lined up every time in order to juice up.

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Stanford Ovshinsky, inventor of the NiMH battery, dies at 89

Stanford Ovshinsky, inventor of the NiMH battery, dies at 89

Stanford Ovshinsky, who may not be a household name but was the inventor of the nickel-metal hydride battery, passed away Wednesday night at the age of 89 after battling cancer. Throughout Ovshinsky's 50-year career, he received over 400 US patents that cover a range of different technologies, including NiMH batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and thin-film solar cells.

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CTIA 2012 round-up: Accessories

CTIA 2012 round-up: Accessories

The two big categories of interest at CTIA 2012 as far as we're concerned are Devices and Accessories, the latter being what we're going to have a look at today. Have a peek back at our CTIA 2012 Devices round-up from yesterday and prepare yourself here for a set of oddities and masterfully executed device helpers such as you've never laid your own eyes on before! This year's CTIA was a little bit more tame than in past years for how powerful a delivery of devices it was, so we had a chance to hit accessories hard - behold the fruits of our labor, one by one!

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A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

When my son was born, and his vibrating bouncy seat started eating through AA batteries like jelly beans, I bought rechargeable batteries. But I found them kind of a pain. They didn't always charge back up very well, and it took a long time to charge them. Therefore, the battery charger is now in a drawer, and while we still go through AAs like crazy for all those electronic toys, I just buy regular batteries. But if this concept design comes to light, I might just switch back. Continuance is a battery with a USB port right in the side.

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Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Considering it is the day after Thanksgiving, how about a little publicity stunt from Panasonic to tide you over during your extended weekend? Even if batteries are one of the most commonly used items in the world, it seems Panasonic doesn't think they get enough attention. That's why they put together the EVOLTA robot, and decided to send the little robot on a 500-kilometer trek across Japan. Luckily enough for the EVOLTA, it made it, and actually did it ahead of schedule.

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