LG Electronics has launched the world’s first ‘Time Machine’ satellite phone which enables users to continue watching TV without pausing even when they receive an incoming phone call or are abruptly interrupted. The technology involved in it aids users to record a TV programme while receiving calls and play it later. ‘Time Machine’ can operate up to 60 minutes. It also supports multi-tasking features, including calling or messaging, while watching TV and capturing the screen image of a TV programme by using the camera button.
Japan’s NEC Corporation has come up with an ultra-thin, flexible, rechargeable battery capable of super-fast (30-second) charging. It can be embedded into smart cards. The organic radical battery (ORB) uses a type of plastic called organic radical polymer (ORP) which assumes an electrolyte-permeated gel state. It makes ORB remarkably thin, flexible and pliant. The ORP electrode reaction is fast and the supporting salts migrate through the gel polymer smoothly. This results in little resistance to the charging reaction and facilitates incredibly fast charging time.