Big Tech is always looking for ways to improve our working lives. And over the past couple of years, that’s been a real challenge.
But amongst all the productivity-boosting and communication-improving tools, we’ve still struggled with one thing: battery life.
There are always devices that need to be plugged in. A new Efficiency mode feature is currently being tested in Windows 11.
The new mode will allow us to switch any apps that are draining resources – and battery life – to Efficiency mode rather than closing them down. This will mean that our devices run at optimum speed, and laptop batteries will be charged for longer and potentially even have a longer life.
This longed-for feature is currently in preview mode, but we hope they roll it out later this year if the testing goes well.
It sounds like battery innovations are going to increase in the coming years.
The biggest brains are investing huge amounts of time and money into improving batteries so that we can rely on them for objects that are important in our everyday lives: Our phones, laptops, and tablets, even our cars. This will be convenient for us and help the planet.
It also means that developments in the performance of the technology we use can continue to move forward. Because a lot of things will only work as well as their batteries will allow them to.
A more powerful battery can lead to more powerful technology.
We're likely to see new materials change our expectations of batteries in the near future. This will include more wireless charging and high-speed magnetic charging.
It's also possible that batteries will be replaced entirely. For example, Samsung has already launched a solar-powered TV Eco Remote, which can also use a Wi-Fi router to charge itself. This may become the norm for low-energy devices.
As expected, these new batteries are much more expensive to produce, so they will likely be expensive to buy.
What are your thoughts on battery technology? Would you be prepared to spend more on things like chargers if they saved you time and were better for the environment?
Until next time, keep fit and have fun!
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Everyone struggles with battery life, innovation is happening, yada, yada, yada, expensive but convenient and eco-friendly batteries are becoming more widely available, as well as Windows 11 app efficiency modes.