* UPDATE: BitEnergy has launched an Indiegogo campaign! Check it out HERE. *
Last year, for the first time in history, Americans spent more time on their smartphones than watching TV. With 58% of the nation owning a smartphone, it’s no secret that we, as a country, are obsessed with them. The average battery life of a smartphone is 8.5 hours and as a result, we have to charge them constantly. When we forget our charger, it’s like a scene from this 1999 SportsCenter commercial. However, Atlanta-born, LA-based entrepreneur, Tariq Sawandi, is trying to make it so this is no longer an issue with his new invention, BitEnergy.
Sawandi (pictured below) is not your typical inventor. His background is truly unique. “I lived in Atlanta with my mother Sandra Williams and my younger sister Tammy in the 1970’s and 80’s,” he recalls. “I was a professional magician performing in the Atlanta area billed as Mr. Magic Fingers. I performed at high schools, colleges, talent shows, and local television programs such as, Knowing Is Going and James Brown’s Future Shock dance show.”
Although he doesn’t perform magic shows anymore, he’s still making magic with his fingers. In 2014, he and Dr. Charles Thomas co-founded Dhat Stone, LLC in Los Angeles. “I wanted to solve the thorny issue of poor battery life in mobile devices. It’s a frustration every mobile device user knows all too well,” says Sawandi. “We believe that the battery industry is entrenched in antiquated thinking. We wanted to push the boundaries of battery technology by reinventing the box.”
To do so, they have developed a wireless charging technology that is self-charging and will allow you to recharge your phone over the Internet. “The BitEnergy system can turn digital codes into a battery charge,” he says. “This revolutionary technology will transform the lives of people all over the world.” How does it work?
“We compare the power BitEnergy gathers to that of a digital photo file, which means it can detect a block of digital patterns that describes tiny electrical charges,” explains Sawandi. “The BitEnergy chip sends those digital charges to the battery. It then tracks the power consumption of the battery and when it drops below 20%, the on board software send a notification to a BitEnergy data center to began a recharge sequence. But perhaps the most impressive is that all the processing happens through the internet with virtually no delay from anywhere in the world.”
According to Sawandi, “currently, our only competitors are research companies that are developing what is called witricity and is about 5 to 10 years away. BitEnergy is a disruptive technology. If we put this charging technology into the hands of the user, the big wireless phone manufacturers will be forced to integrate and embed BitEnergy into their mobile devices. If so, mobile technology is on the cusp of a new revolution.”
It has taken the Dhat Stone team 3 years to get to where they are now. Their goal is to produce a working smart battery within a year. Thus far, they have spent around $10,000 on their initial prototype. They are trying to raise $20,000 to finish the final prototype for their quantum energy generating chip. “What we plan to do with the money is work on two possible designs, which will allow a mobile phone user to self install the BitEnergy chip by connecting it to the battery,” says Sawandi. “It will be simple and the BitEnergy chip will have unlimited battery life.”
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