We’ve been seeing a lot innovation in the battery department for quite a while now, especially regarding the improvements being made in the charging time of smartphone batteries. Qualcomm had first initiated the concept of “Quick Charge” with its Snapdragon S4 CPUs, which supposedly made improved charging time by 40% and currently the tech giant vows to take a step further by introducing Qualcomm® Quick Charge 2.0which will charge batteries up to 75% faster.

Now you’ll probably be wondering what does that picture of a teen student (shown above) has to do with all this. Well, while the tech giants are finding ways to charge smartphone batteries in matter of minutes, an 18-year-old high-school student, Eesha Khare, has successfully devised a super capacitor that’s capable of charging cellphone battery in mere seconds!

The super-capacitor she has developed may hold the key to recharge a cell phone battery within 20-30 seconds. Amazingly, even at this prototype stage, the technology already can handle 10,000 charge/re-charge cycles which is 10-times greater than most modern day batteries.

According to Khare, supercapacitor is basically an energy storage device which can hold a lot of energy in a small amount of volume. And that’s not all, charging smartphones is just the tip of the iceberg, she intends to further modify this kind of device to charge future electric cars!

This little piece of technology has landed Khare a runner-up prize of $50,000 USD in scholarship funds, which she’ll use to attend Harvard University and continue her research and according to her, Google has shown a keen interest in this device and had contacted her, details of which are not known right now.

At the moment Khare has not yet announced any plan to sell her work to any group and is currently preparing to evolve the technology and continue research in the future. Let’s hope technological enhancements like these by Indies serves up as a wakeup call for tech giants, who despite having budget of billions of dollars haven’t come up with such innovative solutions yet.

(via NBCNews)