How often has your phone battery died just when you needed to use it? Countless times right? Well I’m guessing 18-year-old student Eesha Khare from Lynbrook High School in California got tired of that and made a technological discovery that has the potential to change the world as we see it. According to CBS San Francisco, the student triumphed over 1,600 other finalists from more than 70 countries on May 17 at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Ariz. Her groundbreaking invention? A device that can charge a cell phone between 20 and 30 seconds.As if that wasn’t enough, her supercapacitor (as people are calling it since it packs a lot of energy into a tiny space) will last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles. Regular rechargeable batteries typically only last for about 1,000 cycles.
Eesha envisions her device being put into all mobile devices, which would basically free us from our constant dependency on power outlets during the day. She demonstrated its effectiveness by powering an LED. According to NBC News, she said, “It’s also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric. It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense.”
This is such a great testament for how the technology we have available today is inspiring young people in the world to make it a better place for us all. I hope a huge technology company scoops this girl up when she graduates from high school. She truly is a modern day genius and hopefully her discovery will be the first of many!