There are a lot of interesting things that people are doing to get off of batteries as we know them. One of the most important things about consumer electronics is that they often run off of batteries that are absolutely abysmal for the environment. They contain loads of chemicals and inert elements that can really wreak havoc on natural systems if they are not disposed of properly. The sad thing is that batteries rarely ever are disposed of “properly”. This is where new technologies are really becoming popular to help nudge out the “old guard” of battery power.
One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while is this water powered clock.
This thing is designed with the shift away from batteries in mind, and it accomplishes this in a sleek and attractive design that is sure to win over any fan of simple innovation. The way it works is honestly a complete mystery to me since I’m a horrible chemist. However, the way it is described clues you in a little to the way it works. It basically pulls electrons from the chemical bond of whatever liquid is used in the clock. You don’t have to use water, but it’s probably the best thing to use that won’t cause a lot of corrosion.
It’s great that there are so many thoughtful and interesting things coming out that are allowing us to lessen our dependence on dirty energy sources. What is most interesting about this is that it builds off of a technology that we could absolutely find large-scale applications for if we were to simply devote the time and resources to its development.