Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Fri 9th Oct 2009 20:49 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Hardware, Embedded Systems Not that we haven't known that this would one day happen, but it's still an exciting development nonetheless. Some folks over at the University of Missouri have whipped up nuclear batteries small enough to run the typical mobile device of today. They don't quite specify if has enough voltage to power something like a phone or a laptop as the batteries are being designed with MEMS and NEMS technology in mind, but they claim that these penny-sized batteries hold one million times the charge of "regular batteries." Whether a "regular battery" by their definition is the standard AA, the typical laptop battery, or a watch battery is unbeknownst to us peasants. It's being designed for MEMS and NEMS technology, but why not have it power my lappy if it's got the voltage? Imagine running one's computer for seven hundred years, and imagine all of that delicious space saved from the curse of conventional laptop batteries. Perhaps we don't need wireless electricity after all.
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Terrible name and title
by kev009 on Fri 9th Oct 2009 22:57 UTC
kev009
Member since:
2006-11-30

Nuclear battery is a terrible choice of name for the general public. Immediately people associate this with Nuclear Fission, bombs, etc.

No, you wont have a Uranium reactor running in your pocket. Just because something gives off radiation doesn't mean it is inherently unsafe or dangerous. Many watches, scopes, and compasses in the military use Tritium for illumination.

I propose the term Atom Battery, or ABAT ;) .

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RE: Terrible name and title
by JLF65 on Fri 9th Oct 2009 23:51 in reply to "Terrible name and title"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

I was thinking more like Low Energy Emissions Type Battery, or LEET Battery. ;)

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RE: Terrible name and title
by Morgul on Fri 9th Oct 2009 23:59 in reply to "Terrible name and title"
Morgul Member since:
2005-07-06

Fudge the numbers and you get "1000 year Atomic Batteries". Now, all they need is to get Adam West to be their spokesman...

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RE: Terrible name and title
by Doc Pain on Sat 10th Oct 2009 18:17 in reply to "Terrible name and title"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Just because something gives off radiation doesn't mean it is inherently unsafe or dangerous. Many watches, scopes, and compasses in the military use Tritium for illumination.


I own an older soviet watch that - if I remember correctly - uses Uranium for illumunation. Sadly, I can't check this because I don't know where my Geiger-Mueller-counter and this watch are located at the moment. :-)

I propose the term Atom Battery, or ABAT ;) .


ATOMINO!!! =^_^=

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echo.ranger Member since:
2007-01-17

You're not thinking of tritium are you? Its a radioactive element that is luminescent and is often used to illuminate watch dials, magnetic compasses and gun sites.

If you're talking about a radioactive substance used to illuminate your watch, as opposed to powering it, then its likely tritium you're referring to.

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