Bodle Technologies Company and scientists of Oxford University of England, headed by Dr. Peiman Hosseini, Bodle Technologies’ CEO, have found the way to create new smart material, similar to a crystal, which could dramatically deduct the amount of energy required to feed smartphones, tablets and other devices’ screens.
The alliance made up of students and teachers of the university is already working in partnership with other companies in the industry about the details to create a new type of screen that requires a very minimal amount of energy and would not present visibility problems when being used outdoors or under high lighting conditions.
A problem for smartphones
It isn’t a secret for anyone that one of the three main sources of energy consumption in smartphones is the screen, which demands a lot of energy resources to be able to stay illuminated. The creation of the new material threatens to shake the market of portable devices, as more than 90% of the power of a battery in a mobile device is used to illuminate the screen.
It’s for this reason that many manufacturers have launched a search for a solution to reduce consumption through the use of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) panels. AMOLED screens use an active matrix to illuminate each pixel on the screen only when they are electronically activated. This better use management allows AMOLED screens to have more efficient energy consumption; therefore, they are used more and more in mobile devices. Samsung is the leading manufacturer that has opted for this technology, automatic controls for brightness and memory screens. Although there are already low-consumption displays, such as those that use electronic ink, these are not very useful for smartphones.
GST technology and the solution
For obvious reasons there are very few details in its totality about this technology but it is confirmed that the functionality starts from the principle of operation in the rewritable DVDs, which use electric pulses through several transparent layers to create the illumination effect.
GST stands for Germanium Antimony Tellurium, a phase-changing material, and is the technology behind smart crystals. Scientists at Bodle Technologies have obtained this material after a long research process, since a year ago they already had the ability to draw images between a pair of layers of transparent electrodes.
Research and development after several months has resulted in something that could revolutionize the basis of the component on the screens of smartphones, tablets and other devices.
More uses and applications
The improvements in energy consumption of some devices’ screens will allow to reduce the expense of the component that uses the most of the battery, which directly influences in a greater autonomy. This type of panel is ideal for state-of-the-art smartphones, but it is not the only action field it can have.
This variety of screen can also extend the autonomy of smart watches and open a new market because it is possible to create smart windows, flexible screens or even synthetic retinas with this new component. This technology could be adapted to be used in building windows to block infrared waves, helping to maintain cooler environments without the need of air conditioning.
According to Dr. Peiman Hosseini of Bodle Technologies, his creation allows to create a market that could potentially be worth up to 3,000 million dollars in 2017, being a clear indication that its production is closer than it seems.