NEW YORK: Google and other tech giants are wooing 18-year-old Indian-American whizkid Esha Khare who has revolutionized cellphone technology by creating a device that can charge a cellphone super fast in 20 seconds.
Called super-capacitor, the device can do up to 10,000 cycles, as against 1,000 that conventional battery chargers do.
Khare, who is from Saratoga in Santa Clara in California, has been conferred this year’s Young Scientist Award from the Intel Foundation for her invention. The award carries a cash of $50,000.
In an interview with NBC, she said she is ready to “set the world on fire” as she gets ready to study at Harvard.
Khare said she invented the device after she was frustrated by her cellphone battery dying quickly.
She said she started working on the energy-storage technology as a solution. Her specialization in nanochemistry, she said , helped her scale down the size of the device.
“It is also flexible, so it can be used in roll-up displays and clothing and fabric. It has a lot of different advantages over batteries in that sense,’’ the 19-year-old said.