Chained Reality

Hyper-Contagious Brain Emissions from a Science Junkie.

Chained Reality immerses you in the world of Science and Philosophy. Taking a look at the world around you and seeking the questions we all want to ask, but may have been afraid to. Are you ready to seek answers you never knew were there?

Forming a System - Uncharted Territory Part Five

What happened? How was there blood? Wasn't I just diving? Do I really even know what diving means? I definitely did not treat this like a real experiment. I need a control, analysis and careful observation... But I only have me to dive. Well I suppose I AM on a research ship. 

I woke up with a massive jar to my system. There was a medic android standing next to me with a syringe in my chest. All I could do is scream and frantically look around. The medical room was sterilized, as always, but standing behind the droid was a woman. I've never seen her before, but I feel like I know her... She feels like a sister. Like we've been close before. She was leaning against the wall with her arms crossed, and dark black hair tied in a ponytail behind her head.

Her dark skin was of perfect complexion, not a flaw to be seen. Something felt wrong though. She was in military fatigue pants and a white tank top. Underneath you could barely see the sports bra that emphasized her built physique. A necklace with three dog tags hung from her neck, and one of them appeared to be made out of ruby. The android yanked the syringe out of my chest. It must have been adrenaline. "Good. You're awake. Quite a spill you had there. Must have hit your head pretty hard." 

Her voice was strong. Hardened. "Who are you?" I realized I didn't have a top on. Normally this would bother me immensely, but I felt comfortable around her for some reason. "Name's Paloma. Nice to meet you Rey. You're lucky I was in the area, and that your AI was intelligent enough to know it didn't have to tools to properly take care of you." Paloma... I've heard that name before. I can't recall where though...

She stood up and began to walk over to me, tossing me a plain white shirt on the tool table next to her. Wait... This wasn't the medical room on the Uncharted Territory... What is this? "You're on my ship. Don't worry, yours is orbiting the installation you found and running scans. We're not too far away. Rig's a smart one, but she's been hiding a vital piece of information from you." Vital information? What could she mean? Sitting up and putting on the shirt, I felt a little weird. This is a man's shirt... It feels weird wearing it, especially without a bra on... Hope the girls don't get cold.

"What kind of information?" I can't quite think clearly. My brain is reeling from the adrenaline, and my hands are shaking like crazy. "She's already got a ghost." A ghost? What does that mean? "What do you mean a ghost? Like the spooky kind?" Paloma laughed, and I'm not sure why. What's so funny? "You mean to tell me you've had AI's this long and you don't know what a ghost is? You must not know that much about programming." 

Bitch! How dare you! "That is definitely not the case! I know a lot about programming! Hell I'm the one that came up with an integrated personal augmented reality system!" She looked at me with a puzzled look, and walked over directly to the bed. The medical android stepped back into the corner and sat on a chair.

"Did you now? Let me show you something." She was reaching her hand to the temple on my head. I grabbed her arm and tried to keep her from touching me. "I'm not gonna hurt you. Trust me hon." Why the hell should I? "Why the hell should I?!" The look on her face... seemed hurt. She looked visibly troubled by my lack of trust. "You... really can't feel it? You can't tell?" Feel what? I mean, I feel like I should trust her... I feel like I know her so well. 

"Feel what?" I can't back down. This could easily be a trick. "Your lineage. We're practically sisters Rey! You really can't feel it? You don't feel like we're sisters already?" I do... I don't know why... I've never been one to go based solely on feelings though. I need hard evidence, or at least knowledge of the person before hand to trust them. "I'm not one to go based on feelings. Do you have evidence? Can you prove any of this to me?" 

She still kept her hand steady by my head. She was intent on doing this and I know I couldn't really stop her if she really wanted to... Look at her, she's much stronger than I am! "You're a descendant of the Albertian Society! Your skills and prowess in sciences and technology aren't just circumstance. It's because it's in your DNA to understand and manipulate the universe around you in every way possible. Including Ley-Energy Manipulation!" 

What? I've always been good with programming and sometimes engineering but I've never been good with LEM. Li had tried to teach me once, but it just failed miserably. I didn't understand a word of what he said. "I'm not good with LEM at all... Trust me." Her face contorted with distaste, and she pulled her hand back. Crossing her arms, she looked at me seriously. "Then tell me how you just sustained a serious injury from something that shouldn't have been able to harm you in any way." 

Well... I mean... She has a point... But I've never dived before, I don't know if that's true or not. I don't know where the boundaries lie or if that was even a dive. I just don't know enough about it to come to that conclusion. "I don't know what happened, and it doesn't quantify anything just by making one link. I can't say for sure what caused it because I don't know all of the factors." Paloma smirked, and chuckled a little. Oh god not this again.

"You're a smart one. There's no doubt in my mind you're one of us. Maybe there is another way to prove it to you..." Is it sad that I'm used to being confused by now? Seriously there's always something. It's always some secret motive or plan to make me think one way or another. Can't I just have some time to experiment and analyze it for what I want?! "Fine. What do you want?" I pulled my legs over the side of the table so I could stand up.

"Just let me tag along with you for a little while. I know you're going to want to go back to your ship and analyze the installation. Let me help you. I won't get in your way and I won't alter your research at all. I'll simply answer questions if I can and help only when you ask for it." Hmmm... Maybe she does know how I think. I guess I can give her a shot... I mean, it's been a while since I've had any real company other than Dokk... 

"Alright. It's not like you couldn't just force yourself to tag along anyway. I don't really have any way to defend myself..." She looked concerned. That didn't sit well with her. "Well, then all the more reason for me to come along! You never know what kind of stuff you find out in no mans land. Trust me. But there's one more thing I need to tell you..." Her face got serious, and she came in close to me.

I couldn't really say anything back. "If you dive, and you should, do not go looking for him. I know that's what you want, but the one you're looking for isn't there. Trust me. And if you don't listen to me on this, there will be serious consequences. Am I clear?" Dear god she's frightening. I just nodded in agreement. Li... Wait, how does she know about him?!

Forming a System - Uncharted Territory Part Four

In my hands I had a high grade Pangean crystal bead rifle. It's designed to use to the latent ley-energies near you as a propellant, and you can also imbue the beads with different abilities based on the situation. The high-end rifles use crystal beads instead of the traditional lead or copper because crystals have a greater capacity for storing Ley-Energy than standard metals. 

Peeking my head around the corner of the bulk-head I was immediately shot at. Thankfully I had a fairly powerful deterrent shield, and it barely dented it's charge as indicated by the change in my AR's heads up display. Still, I don't want to throw that charge away. I took just long enough to see Li at the end of the hallway, trapped within a grounded steel cage. Grounding is a Ley-Mancer's biggest shortcoming.

Not very many are fortunate enough to afford a personal charge ruby to allow them the ability to cast within a grounded field. Although, I remember Li showing me his collection of them. The perks of being within the family of the owners of the largest interstellar trade corporation is you get the things you need. 

"Rey! Wake up!" The images around me started to fade and distort, and I could feel my mind slipping back to reality. No! I need to save Li! I steeled my mind and tried to keep it within the realm of this world. It seemed to work pretty well considering things became as clear as reality once I did. "Rey no! You need to get out of here! You can't dive for too long!" I'm diving? Is that what this is like?

"I'll get you out of here Li! Don't worry!" I feel weird. Maybe this is just a dream. Maybe I fell asleep on that support table. An explosion behind me jarred my head and slammed me against the bulkhead in front of me. I flinched and closed my eyes for a moment because it really really hurt. My head felt like it was bleeding. I opened my eyes to find myself back in the virtual reality room. 

My head hurt like a beast, and reaching up to rub it something felt wet. Looking back down at my hand, it was covered in blood. I'm not very good with blood. "Rig!" was all I could muster before I passed out.

Forming a System - Uncharted Territory Part Three

Looking up from the long panel of AR view screens I was sitting at, I remembered exactly where I was. Control room of an exploration and research class ship, named the Uncharted Territory.  It was designed to be manned by no less than fifteen ship's crew and utilized by at least another fifteen researchers. 

I'm not saying I'm a genius, but if I can manage to properly program correct subroutines into rig to gain full control of the ship, I think I'm pretty damn smart. This steel room gets kinda stale when you're in it too long. There's nothing but small terminals and AR broadcasting panels that look like little black hand rails to give point of reference. The chairs were actually super comfortable and ergonomic, so at least that's a plus.

Still, I think it's time to get out of this and relax for a bit. My hair had grown longer, and without anyone around to cut it I guess I'll have to deal with it. I never liked it too long because it tends to get in the way more often than not. I can't stand it when unnecessary things get in the way. At least it's black, I do like that. Running my fingers through it now that it's just just past shoulder length feels kinda good though. 

I wonder what Li would have thought about it... Exiting the main bridge always feels good even if it is just to another sterile hallway. Research class ships were never built for looks. Scientists don't usually like art within their work environment. Although it's not to say science and art don't mix. It's just to say when you need control over an experiment the last thing you need is another unknown factor.

It only took a quick walk down the hallway to get to where I was going. The virtual reality chamber. Man it's been a long time since I've gotten to dive into one of these things. Although... Something has been bothering me... Li had once said that VR diving was similar to Ley-Line diving. I wonder if I can do that... I suppose it's worth a shot.

Laying down on these support stations is always so comfortable. I love how pragmatic engineers can be. Since it's just me I suppose it's worth a try to dive into the Ley-Line. I'm smart enough, I think I can handle it. Except I don't have any idea how they did it. Do I just try and think about the Ley-Line? Do I feel it in some way? Do I even have the proper implant for this?

I remember Li telling me that the crowning achievement of Pangean technology was the integration with human thought with the Ley-Lines. We scientists call it Ley-Energy Manipulation, or LEM for short. But most folks like to call them mages, or Leymancers. I guess it sounds cooler to them or mystical or something. I'm getting side tracked. 

Looking around the VR room reminded me why so many people love it. There's posters of different games throughout the years. Dungeon Crawler was always my favorite. There wasn't much point to it other than going through and killing monsters to get shiny objects and better equipment, but sometimes that direct reward was a nice change from real life. In real life, direct reward is very rarely if at all ever felt.

It's always work towards what you want and be patient. But sometimes it's good to know your efforts have a direct effect you know? Ooh another great one was Battlefield Front. You get to take the place of an excommunicated militiaman whose family was lost in the middle of the war. He goes berserk and starts a crusade against war, by violently killing everything he thinks is involved in it.

Hey, it's not a practical premise, and honestly kind of a stupid way to go about getting revenge but it's just a game right? It's not like it's real or anything. What's happening? The lights are flickering... My head hurts... Where am I? Why am I not on the ship? There's barricades. And Gunfire? They're shooting at me! Dear god! Am I by myself?! Where am I?! I better hide behind this bulkhead!

Steel bulkheads, bright lights, people shooting. This is familiar. This is Battlefield Front. But I don't have any of the VR gear on, and I didn't link it with my AR system... "Rey!" That voice! It's faint but I know it better than anything! That's Lionel!

Forming a System - Uncharted Territory Part Two

"Rig, how long until we have Warp?" Thankfully I managed to reprogram our ship's crystal generator to efficiently process Ley-Energy and also store more for emergency use. If I hadn't, I probably would haven't made it out of that last warp. I wonder how Douglas fared after that... Or was it Dokk? Man I can't even really tell anymore!

"Your adjustments have increased storage capacity and speed by fifty percent Rey. We now have a surplus of thirty percent when compared to our original capacity. Warp is ready at any time." I know how much I did... She likes to say things I already know a lot. "Thank you Rig. Let's hold off for now. Can you scan the installation again for any signs of life?" 

"The Pulsar's magnetic field is far too strong for our direct sensors to have any stronger effect on an integrated station. Perhaps the best way would be for me to tap into the Ley-Line directly and scan the facility using their own sensors. Will you authorize this course of action?" Oh boy. That's tricky. Last time someone let a Rig unit dive it gained sentient AI status. It kept speaking something of a presence in it's programming, something it hadn't ever known. 

The unfortunate part about it was that this Rig unit was military grade. It had been pre-programmed with a disposition for battle, which led the presence, or what it kept calling a ghost, to lead it towards a violent string of actions. It began to take battle tactics into it's own hands. At first the military was ecstatic. It had saved the war ship Sigdrifa from an enemy ambush by calculating the differences in already charted territory to minute details. I think it was something as simple as a can of paint misplaced in a settlement as it scanned the surface that tipped it off to the ambush.

"Umm... Let me think on this Rig. I do need to know though, what class AI are you?" Maybe a Rig that is designed for a research and exploration vessel will have a different disposition. "I am class Advanced for Exploration, class Basic for Military Support." The Odin protocol. I forgot. All non-civilian class ships with a Rig AI on board are mandated to have military support pre-programmed in with the unit.

"Rig, can you disable your military support protocols?" I doubt it. "No Rey, I am unable to comply with that request." Maybe I can disable it... "Alright Rig. I'm gonna have to think on this one. I doubt this installation will be going anywhere, but continue to monitor it and alert me if anything major changes." Although a research vessel couldn't cause nearly as much damage as a military war ship, I don't want to take the risk of it being able to make it's own choices. "Yes Ma'am."


Forming a System - Uncharted Territory

I've seen some cool stuff since I left the Doranian Nebula, but this is some seriously cool stuff. Through the ship's center control panel the view finder showed a bright orange nebula, just barely small enough in the view to see the whole thing. Within the center of the nebula, a star was pulsing brightly. "Rig, what am I looking at?" I may be a scientist, but Astrophysics wasn't really my strong suit. The only bit that I had learned was to understand the Gaiaforming Initiative, and that was with planet structure. Stars weren't on the curriculum. 

"It appears to be a relatively new born Pulsar within the nebula Rey. Dating shows an estimated thirty-four thousand years old, with a margin of error of two hundred years. The surrounding nebula appears to be rich in Oxygen, Helium, Hydrogen, Iron, Silicon, Carbon-" I don't need that much detail. "That's fine Rig, document it please and I'll visit it later." I can now say I've seen a Pulsar in person. How many people can say that?

"Rey, I have detected an exoplanet orbiting the pulsar." What? How can that be? There's no way a planet could have formed that quickly unless... "How is that? Is there a Ley-Crystal showing up in your scan?" Could this be another Gaiaforming initiative? "Scan is inconclusive. Increased Ley-Activity in the area has been detected, centering around the exoplanet, so even though I cannot verify the existence of a crystal directly it is more than likely there is one of rather large size within it's structure." So it IS an installation!

Chaotic Control

Chaos seems to be all my brain ever knows. I can't sleep because there's always too much to think about. I can't enjoy the time I have to enjoy because there's always something else I could be doing. I can't think about something that's important for me too long because so many things are important to me that I can't keep my mind on just one of them.

This issue is nothing new, of course. I'm just for some reason more aware of it at the moment. I know how to change it, but It's not something I can change chemically, or through a medicine. I could try, but it would just be a cover up of the real problem. It's just scary to try because I don't know how I'll come out on the other end of it, and hope that it doesn't change who I am at the core. I don't think it will, but you never know. Change isn't always predictable.

So as a forewarning to all of my friends, if my behavior is... abnormal for me, please bear with me. If it's a change that you really don't like, please don't hesitate to tell me. It's difficult to rewire my thought process and takes a lot of conditioning that you can't see the direct process of. But trust me, I'm doing what I can to move towards a better way of thinking for myself.

Because that's what I want. Out of desire to have more control over my life and how I think and act. I Love all of you, and if you have questions about it feel free to ask. It's going to be an interesting few months.

The Nature of Understanding

Understanding, isn't something that is truly easy to understand. While you may know what understanding means by definition, actually putting the idea into practice is a different problem altogether.

"I know" is a highly common response to suggestions and rebuttals in certain situations. Although I always question the truth to that person's claim. I'm sure many of us do. But I also question whether or not I truly do grasp the entirety of the subject when I say it myself. So where does the nature of understanding come from?

Does it come from our ability to not only simulate certain situations, but also our ability to emulate certain situations in our own minds with a certain level of accuracy? Or does it come from our ability to process others' experiences as closely to our own as possible? Does it come from a whole separate psychological capacity?

The nature of understanding may indeed even come from a basic human need to fit in with those around us. Is it possible that we can truly understand things better if it is explained within a situation that our lives have seen? I'd say we have sufficient evidence within our own personal lives to say so.  Perhaps understanding is an innate trait in itself. It would certainly fit the Occam's Razor dynamic.

Do we understand the implications of understanding? Am I over-complicating it? Probably. However, I tend to value understanding things on as many angles as possible. Even if some of them don't make sense. Even if there's really only one option to go with in order to understand. Sometimes, that full understanding is what helps you create a deeper knowledge and appreciation.

Or I'm just over-complicating things.

Living Life Behind a Screen

With the age of technology, we face some new and previously unknown problems with increased integration with others. We all value experiences throughout life, but the real question is to what level are those experiences worth? Can we honestly say an experience someone shares over the internet is valued on the same level as experiencing that event for yourself?

For example, many of us like to watch the Travel Channel and see what cool and different places we visit could be. Yet most of us have the sense to know that seeing it on TV is nothing like seeing it in person. I would argue that a generation that values interactions online to the level we do today may not fully understand that concept. 

One of the adverse effects social media has had on us is posting life experiences on Facebook is all about getting likes. Twitter is all about getting followers and retweets. Instagram is all about getting followers and likes on photos. This has changed our psychology from valuing experiences for ourselves, and created a sense of valuing experiences based on how others value them.

Our sense of identity no longer exists within ourselves and our endeavors, it exists within others and how they perceive them. At least for the younger generations. The real question is: Is this really something we should be worried about? I would say yes. I grew up on video games and behind a computer screen. The value of my world was defined by how powerful my character was. By how many reliable friends I had to raid with. Whether or not I fit in with the world I was playing in, not the real world around me.

This has, in many unforeseen ways, negatively impacted me severely. I'm 26 and still trying to figure out what it means to make my way in the real world. As difficult as it is to admit, I have problems valuing interactions with others in the real world. I have problems placing value in experiences beyond a screen, and it's something I'm working on for myself. At this age, and with a strong desire to experience things in the real world, things change overwhelmingly quickly.

A lot of time was lost when I was more capable and receptive to placing value in interactions. My childhood was hardly a sob story, and it's difficult to regret things when you truly understand where your life has taken you. However, it doesn't mean I don't wish to provide a warning for others on how these things truly effect us as people. 

I see similarities in others and how they interact with technology and how I grew up, and it makes me question how it effects their psychology. Someone who is attached to their phone and social media exhibits similar problems, but in a different fashion. We can be sociable with others and get out into the world and still not value those experiences the way we should. I cannot speak for anyone buy myself, but I truly take issue with how I perceive and value the world because of this problem.

Hopefully, this is an individual case of how life has unfolded for me. I would hate to see others have to struggle with the same problems. However, I can't help but feel like I've become a lot more understanding and intelligent simply because of these psychological hurdles. Perhaps on the other end, I will learn to appreciate things on a deeper level. I guess I will let you know when that happens.

In any case, I think this is an important issue to keep in mind. The moral of this story is moderation applies to all things in life. Time and place are always important when experiencing life. You cannot substitute experience with understanding. Sometimes, thinking it through, just doesn't cut it.

Forming A System - Yldrgrad

"Where is this place Dokk? I've never seen such purposeful structures." Such symmetrical lines used in the mud bricks. The placement of the crystals seem almost... Strategic. Half-Sphere shaped buildings are definitely not a characteristic of Pangean structures. Not to mention, each building appears to have some kind of connection directly to the planet. 

One has vines growing across the top of it, but not over the small ornate windows. This particular one appears to have tree roots growing through the mud bricks. Does it go into the inside of the house as well? "This is Yldrgrad! Isn't it cool? There is a lot to be learned here before I meet with the person I want to see." I'm still not used to this yet. Dokk seems to be nice enough, but I can't quite understand it's motives. 

The Pagan clans have never been one to be friendly towards Pangeans, especially officials. So whomever he is looking for will most likely cause us a lot more trouble than I think Dokk realizes. "Who exactly do you want to see? Pagans don't take very well to Pangeans." Running my hand over the brick, it felt a lot sturdier than mud brick should feel. I manifested a steel spanner from my inventory modifier and tapped the brick with it.

Not even a scratch or dent. There is definitely ley-manipulation in these structures. "That seems to be the case most of the time. But as you know well, not all hold grudges for past ordeals. In fact, the one I'm looking for is a Justiciary himself! His name is Hurst, and he is one of three triplets that were born of this tribe. So, it's only natural that I should seek to understand his culture before meeting him."

Dokk looked intently at the structures. He seems to be noting things about their layout outside, and how they connect with the oak trees growing around them. Strange, that oak would grow here. Someone must have migrated saplings in order to populate the planet. What kind of effect did that have on the eco-system I wonder? "If he's a Justiciary then shouldn't you know where he is?" This doesn't make much sense. What is he looking for? Just some talking points for when he meets this person? Seems a bit excessive to me...

"I never said I don't." Good point. Still, I don't know what this is helping. "So what do you hope to gain from being here?" This thing certainly is interesting if nothing else. Opening the slanted door to the home, he stepped inside before answering me. I could hear him starting to talk, but I couldn't understand what he was saying. I had to walk a few paces over and step inside the home with vines lining it.

"That's why." The inside was a lot more spacious than I thought. Stairs led down, which indicated that they actually dug their homes into the ground rather than built above it. That must have required a lot more work, and left the only sunlight entering from the windows in the ceiling. Although the crystals inside provided ample lighting.

I'm not sure why this surprised me, but the inside was decorated. The walls were lined with a light yellow colored wall painted over a smooth surface, and there were crystals and paintings lining the walls. There were doors that led into other rooms, which no doubt led down even farther considering the spacial restrictions. It certainly makes a lot more sense as to the way the homes were set up outside. "Rey?"

I spaced again. "Ah, yes. Sorry, I missed what you said. What are you looking for here?" Dokk sighed looking at me. Oh come on you can't blame me for being curious! "Because I'm curious! I would like to know more about his culture! It's truly fascinating the way it differs from Pangean culture which relies so heavily on technology." Oh. Well, aren't I just a regular ass? "I guess that makes sense... Maybe a better question would be why is this Hurst a person of interest for you?" 

His smile was a little off-putting for some reason. Maybe it was because it was Douglas' smile, but I knew it wasn't him. It also didn't help that he was still dressed as a Justiciary. He was looking through a small end-table, and found a slip of paper. I wonder what was on it? I guess I could go over and take a look. "He is interesting because of this." Holding up the piece of paper, Dokk grinned like a fool.

The paper was actually a picture on what appeared to be papyrus. How they managed the kind of detail on papyrus that you would find on a film paper is beyond me. The picture was of three children, one boy, and two girls. They couldn't have been more than twelve years old. All three of them had traditional pagan ritual robes on, no doubt signifying their coming of age ceremony. All three had red hair, but the girl with a wide grin on her face had a light red with freckles across her face.

She definitely seemed different than the other two, even if the differences were minimal. "This is who I'm looking for. The boy in that picture is Hurst. Brother of two sisters, Lydia and Yaria." The boy looked serious, with an obvious fake smile on his face. The other girl was smiling in a sweet manner, but obviously fake as well. Well, I guess that's interesting information. Only one of them was innocent somehow. 

"Which one is she? She looks interesting." Dokk looked at the picture again, and lost his smile. "That's Lydia I think. What little I do know of this family, she was an interesting one too, but Hurst definitely has a lot more to offer me." 

Are we too connected?

A beautiful part of the world we now live in is we're always connected to those we love. We're always capable of finding information, seeking answers, and even seeking help when we need it. However, is it possible that we weren't meant to ALWAYS be connected to this network? Are there greater effects on our psychology than we know? 

Social Media plays a rather large role in how we connect with others nowadays. In fact, there are many who feel more comfortable communicating and interacting via social media rather than out in the real world with others. Is this due to the increasing importance placed on social media? Or is it a problem innately with how our culture has grown and changed? 

For a lot of us who have grown up with this social media plays a much bigger role in our lives in communicating with others than sometimes even directly through our phones. Social Media is designed to give us a glimpse into a person's life when we're not there. So it's no wonder people are hooked on it. Who wouldn't like to know what their good friends are up to when you're not there?

Well perhaps we aren't meant to know what goes on in a person's life at every waking moment. In fact, I would argue one of the reasons we find others so interesting is because of the things we don't know about them. With social media shedding light on every detail, is there really any purpose to meeting in person?

This is a rather negative view of Social Media, I know. However it's something I have personally been trying to break free from. It causes me to overlook other details in my life, especially with those who do not use it nearly as frequently. Perhaps I'm cynical due to other problems I have had to face due to lack of real social interaction, but it seems to me like Social Media can very easily consume a person's life and cause them to lose sight of what's important.

I know it's done that to me.

Flexible Batteries

Scientists have created a thin, flexible film that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors. Chemists developed a flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte to deliver battery-like supercapacitor performance that combines the best qualities of a high-energy battery and a high-powered supercapacitor without the lithium found in commercial batteries today.

Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues have developed a flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte to deliver battery-like supercapacitor performance that combines the best qualities of a high-energy battery and a high-powered supercapacitor without the lithium found in commercial batteries today.

The new work by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour is detailed in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.


That's right, flexible batteries! What does this mean for electronics? Well, it really all depends on how far we can take this technology. If it's scalable to any level we desire, then you can expect longer battery life in your every day electronics. You can also expect a wider variety of small electronics available for use. With a smaller battery comes smaller electronics!

Some of the possible applications could trickle over into the use of Augmented Reality devices, much like Google Glass. Think of being able to have a small device that can attach to your favorite sunglasses, and create an augmented reality experience regardless of what your glasses are. There are, of course, other technological advances required to make this a reality. However, being able to power these devices is just as much of a challenge as being able to make them function in the first place!

Regardless of the future potential uses, it is good to know that we can create flexible batteries. It allows a much greater range of usefulness in a world that is becoming more and more integrated with technology!

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