There is no denying mobility is one of the fastest-growing sectors of technology. Apple's innovative products, and the competition among smartphone and tablet vendors, have consumerized IT and completely reimagined the way people use computers. However, one overlooked component could slow down all of the gains technology has made: battery life.
Battery life development has stagnated in mobility products. "Progress here is incredibly slow. If you take the iPhone as an illustration, the battery has increased about 12 percent over the past six years; the processor now is 40 times faster than the original iPhone," said Emory Craig, e-learning and mobility expert from the College of New Rochelle in New York.
The issue is even greater when it comes to wearable devices, and developers are attempting to tackle the debacle. PWR developed a battery strap for Google Glass, and Lenovo recently debuted its own smart glasses with a battery pack that wraps around the user’s neck. Pivothead continues to work on smart glasses that capture HD photos and live video, and incorporate detachable battery "pods."
Craig also discussed the newest trend in wearable devices: smart shoes. Coming down the pipeline will be shoes that monitor steps, fitness and will incorporate GPS.
PUBLISHED AUG. 6, 2014