A team of physicists and engineers have created a fantastic, futuristic material that may solve our reliance on power-hungry smartphone batteries. Today’s gadgets are powered by superconductors that require a constant flow of electricity. It works, but it’s hardly the most efficient use of energy. The scientists’ new electromagnetic material, on the other hand, can subsist on quick pulses of power—sipping energy rather than chugging it.
As a result, the researchers estimate that devices made with the new material could use 100 times less electricity than products currently on the market, they wrote in the journal Nature. Yes, that number is right: one hundred times less.
They’d also last a whole lot longer between recharges—as long as three months at a time for a smartphone.
In addition to freeing us from constant worries about battery life, this super-efficient new material could also completely revolutionize the way computers, phones, and other devices use electricity, exponentially cutting down on the amount of power we need to keep our world running.
The researchers say it’ll be a few years yet before this magical magnetoelectric material finds its way into our gadgets, but we’re willing to wait.