Smartwatches and Wearable tech
As stated in the section earlier NDB is likely to bring benefits to portable electronics such as the smartphone and tablets where the short battery life has been the bottleneck. NDB enables best battery life phone.
The concept of augmented reality (AR) has been widely used in popular fiction for many years. However, in recent years various prototypes have made its way to electronics expos. Thus are slowly coming to reality.
For example, fighter plane helmets where the integrated heads-up-display is used to provide vital information to the pilot.
However, the use of AR has also been utilized in a civilian environment. Especially by technology companies such as Google and Microsoft who have released some commercial products (Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens).
Since AR products are wearable technology by concept and design. Therefore it requires a power source that ideally provides electricity perpetually.
For example, if one was to have relied on the map feature of the AR and the battery was to run flat mid-journey, the user could be lost as a result.
Since NDB can provide perpetual energy it is able to mitigate these issues. Therefore is a fine candidate for the powering of AR.
Since one of the biggest industries in the entertainment sector is gaming. In particular in countries where its market share is bigger than its more traditional sectors such as music and video.
In fact, the market is expected to reach US$180 billion by 2021 and it is a steadily growing market. Since gaming consoles are more than just the main unit. But supported by multiple wireless units. Notably the controller and the headset.
Due to its very nature of it being portable and wireless. Therefore the devices are likely to benefit from the perpetual supply of electricity by the NDB.
In particular, the use of NDBs in the controller where some users have complained of the short battery life for some platforms are like to be welcomed.
Although it is at a very early stage of discussion NDB is also considering transferring the device design of the NDB to create a CPU that powers itself.
Significantly, the advantage of this is that it no longer needs a power source to do computation. Therefore in environments where energy is scarce. Such as in space or in remote and inhospitable areas (such as the South Pole). The Self-powering CPU could carry out computation when traditional ones can’t. In particular, this is useful as sensor or communication CPUs so that a large number of devices could be sent out without a power source.
Virtual reality (VR) differs from augmented reality (AR) in that AR is an ‘enhanced’ version of reality. Whilst VR is a ‘simulated’ version of reality.
VR is another piece of technology that has recently made its appearance on the gaming market. It has been showcased heavily at events such as E3 and other electronics arts expos.
It has also been used in the medical sectors to train surgeons. For example, VR eye surgery training is an emerging market that has successfully utilized VR.
A more traditional application of VR would be flight simulators for training pilots. In all of the above applications, as with AR, the user will be wearing a portable VR kit such as the headset and controllers, the use of NDB will be well suited for the application.
By a similar token to the smartphone and tablet, smartwatches are also expected to benefit from the perpetual power source of the NDB.
This holds particularly true since smartwatches are small by nature compared to other electronics with a small battery real estate limiting the storable charge.
Therefore NDB which produces charge internally is likely to benefit the application.