California teen Eesha Khare was awarded a $50,000 prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating a breakthrough technological device that may revolutionize our experience with mobile devices.
The futuristic gadget has the potential to fully charge cell phones in as few as 20 seconds flat. The device, which only so far has been used to power a light-emitting diode, also has the potential to hold the charge longer than current devices, lasting for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared to only 1,000 cycles on conventional rechargeable batteries. Khare believes that it could one day be used to power phones, cars and other equipment. Apparently Google and other tech giants agree, as the young talent has been courted and contacted by some of the worlds’ most innovative tech companies.
The California native studied nanochemistry in order to scale down the size of her remarkable invention, and she notes that “it’s 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.”
Khare intends to use her prize money to pay for college and work on further scientific advancements. She was the runner-up to a 19-year-old Romanian student, who created a low-cost artificial intelligence that can drive vehicles and tied a with Louisiana 17-year-old Henry Wanjune, who figured out new ways to measure dark matter and energy in space.
Khare is Harvard-bound for college. The minority female student says that she wants to “set the world on fire” and we can only hope that she’s given every tool and opportunity to do just that.
You can learn more about the technical specifics of Khare’s invention here.