Apple Car may use hollow batteries to stay cool


Charging the Apple Car.
Apple is making revolutionary batteries for its car.
Photo: Motor1

Apple might team up with “expert technologists in batteries” from South Korea to create hollow lithium-ion power cells that will fuel the upcoming Apple Car, according to a new report.

While the name of the South Korean company hasn’t been revealed due to a nondisclosure agreement with Apple, it’s supposedly comprised of just 20 people. The South Korean team reportedly joined Apple’s secretive Project Titan automotive effort earlier this year, and the battery innovations could help the Apple Car stand out from the competition.

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Tesla’s new battery will ‘change the way the world uses energy’

Elon Musk wants to change the way the world uses energy. Photo: Zobacz Zasady/Wikipedia CC
Photo: Zobacz Zasady/Wikipedia CC

You don’t have to have had your iPhone die at an inopportune time to conclude that current generation batteries kind of suck.

Unlike most of us, however, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has the resources to do something about it.

In a press conference late on Thursday, Musk unveiled Tesla Energy: a line of new 7-10 kwh lithium-ion batteries aimed at homes, companies and utilities.

Keep your MacBook powered for days with this smart backpack


Ampl backpack is all charged up. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The SmartBackpack from AMPL will keep your gadgets optimally charged all day. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Companies are throwing sensors into everything this year. Toothbrushes, cookie jars, mouth guards … you name it, and someone is trying to cram some sort of sensor into it. Next up is your backpack.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 AMPL Labs’ upcoming SmartBackpack promises to keep your tech items safe and charged for days by combining “smartsensors” with battery packs woven into the fabric. The end result is a supercharging backpack that can tackle anything from an iPhone to a MacBook, allowing wearers to charge multiple devices on the go.

“We found that 85 percent of consumers worry about their devices running out of power at least once a week,” said AMPL’s David Migdal. “So we developed our SmartBackpack to address all their power needs.”