Finding the Power to Run All Those Portable Electronics

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  • Author: Gary Breed
We are becoming increasingly dependent on electronic devices in our daily lives, but all of them require at least a small amount of elec-tric power. Better batteries are part of the solution to providing that power, but with so many potential future applications being explored, breakthroughs in power generation and management are needed. Of course, personal communications and entertain-ment products are responsible for much of the growth in portable electronics, but there is much more. In the medical arena, pros-thetic devices are becoming more capable, there is amazing work under-way in artificial organs, along with continued development of supporting devices like pacemakers and automatic dosage drug injectors. Safety and security devices such as child monitors, implanted medical history microchips, and RFID-based building access and financial transaction “cards” will become common before too long.