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Cool Tech: Recharge your phone once a month

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Speculation is swirling on the internet about a patent that Apple owns that was just published (patent via google).  The patent deals with the use of liquidmetal to make parts for small fuel cells.   The patent details out the process Apple had developed to make parts out of this material which is usually difficult to manufacture parts from.  The patent further lays out all of the reason liquidmetal would be useful for making fuel cells.

The interesting aspect of the patent is that it was apparently filed in 2004.  With it just being published it appears that Apple wanted to keep this technology under wraps.  Does this mean Apple has a new breakthrough that will allow phones to last 30 days on charge?  Does this mean Apple has a technology that will enable affordable fuel cells?   We don’t know, but it will be interesting to find out.

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