Artificial Intelligence in the form of smart assistants has been a big wave during the past year or two. Besides Apple’s Siri, there is Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. These have been making waves and are aimed at making a big change in the way we run our household and everyday business. One of the things which consumers should look forward to is how these AI would be able to help in monitoring cell phone and laptop batteries.
It is not a secret that batteries have gotten intelligent since NiCad batteries. Even during the late 1990s, there were devices like laptops and even cell phones which had an intelligent battery charger. This became necessary because of the so-called ” memory effect.” To explain in simple terms, the memory effect is the perceived behavior of nickel-based batteries to remember what level of power it still had before it was recharged. Over time, the battery would only be usable up to that level giving users only a fraction of the available power stored in the battery.
Discharging the Battery
For most people, the only solution was to recharge only after the phone battery has been completely discharged. This is a tedious process where you have to wait until the battery has been drained before plugging it into the charger. The problem only gets worse with laptops. Users were forced to disconnect from their laptops from the wall socket to allow the machine to run on battery power. This led to some problems.
Laptop owners want to have full power when they step out of the office or their homes. They don’t want to run out of laptop battery power just when they are away from any near wall socket.
Lithium ion batteries with built-in intelligence have been the norm. These batteries notify you when the charge is low, allowing you time to plug in the unit to a wall socket. Alternatively, there are cell phones which have power-saving features which kick into place the moment the battery power is low. This gives users the ability to still use the cell phone for calls and text messages for an extended time, which is enough to get home and connect the phone to the charger.
Artificial Intelligence agents should be able to help soon. With some manipulation and third-party web services, it is possible to have your AI inform you that your cell phone or your laptop battery is low on power. In the same token, it is possible to have the laptop or cell phone to run on low power, or power saving mode, on its own, instead of just saving everything and shutting down. This capability can also work, whether you are near the phone or the laptop. In fact, it is possible to be away from the device, and you would still be informed of any battery issues, not just low power.
Batteries have a self-diagnosis feature and an API which works with that. This allows the laptop to check up on the battery health and inform the user of any impending problems. This includes overheating, as well as low charge, or even the incapacity to charge. The battery can inform the user that it is no longer able to recharge properly. Lithium Ion batteries usually have a lifetime of around five years. After that, it loses the ability to recharge. Most batteries can report their charge levels, as well as their age. This information can be relayed to the user at any time.
The main point here is the use of the AI and the API. With the proper API or the proper reporting capability, there are ways to send a message to the user. Using IFTTT.com, the message itself can be in the form of a pop-up, a text message or even an email or tweet. If the user so wishes, the AI interface or assistant can also inform the user using voice prompts.
With the help of the AI, a third-party site, and an API, battery use can be made safer for all users of cell phones, and laptops.Google+