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April 12, 2014

Mobility TechZone Week in Review

Mobile technology is currently undergoing a revolution that is making devices more powerful, easier to use, and more integrated into society with every passing day. Especially considering the fact that the fabled “Internet of Things” may only be a few years (or less) away, mobile innovators around the world are scrambling to see how they can integrate mobile technology even better with the existing Internet, and how to best help these devices communicate with one another. Better materials, new technological developments and a growing acceptance that mobile Internet as a part of everyday life has made startling advances in the world of mobile technology, and the past week has been no exception to the trend.

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the problem of limited battery lives on mobile devices. Wearable devices are expected to become a major player in the future world of mobile tech, but having to remove these devices to charge the batteries all the time severely impacts their usefulness. However, a recent Kickstarter campaign for a device called the QiPack could offer a solution that wirelessly charges smartphones. The QiPack uses an inductive charging pad that charges a phone by simply making contact with it, so long as the phone has a compatible Qi receiver. This means that the device could even be placed in a purse or pocket, and as long as the phone makes contact, it will start charging. While the product is still in it's infancy, future applications of the device could be a godsend for wearable device power management.

Another breakthrough development by Samsung takes advantage of a recently developed material called graphene, and the company has found a way to synthesize large quantities of the revolutionary material. Graphene uses a repeating hexagon pattern to create a layer of material that is only one atom thick, yet is so strong that it would take the force of an elephant balanced on a pencil to puncture the surface. In addition, this material is also an extremely efficient electrical conductor, making it incredibly useful in speeding up and compacting electronic devices of all kinds. Previously the material could only be produced in small amounts, but Samsung's new method to produce large-scale quantities of graphene without sacrificing quality is sure to take the electronics world by storm.

Wi-Fi Internet is also rising to new heights with SriLankan Airlines, who have just made mobile Internet accessible on several of their flights. While the airline is not the first to provide in-flight Wi-Fi to their passengers, this marks a growing interest in the service among airline carriers, which the industry is sure to take up on in higher numbers. SriLankan Airlines will be installing the service onto six of their A330-300 planes, which are the newest additions to their fleet of airliners.

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