Better Together: Classic Pairings to Inspire the Future of Electronics

Posted on November 25, 2015

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Pair, match, combine, mate, couple – no matter what you call it, some things just go better together. When you look back in time, the greatest and most world-changing stories tend to include pairs.

While many of these pairings didn’t seem like obvious choices, they changed the world.  In 1912, for example, a metallurgist named Harry Brearly combined steel with chromium and noticed that the metal would quickly restore itself when scratched. Together, these two metals helped cutlery keep from rusting, forever changing the way we see tableware. Stainless steel is now used not only for cutlery, but for surgical instruments, subsea pipelines, razor blades and even masonry support.

Combinations such as lightning and metal would never have been unified to create modern day electricity if not for Benjamin Franklin tying a key to a kite during a storm. This simple, yet genius match went on to create the light bulb. History is made of these world-changing pairings, so why not the future?

Today’s batteries do not have the capacity to power all of the online and on-the-go activities that we now demand of our devices. Whether you are using your tablet at work, tracking your steps with your smart watch or hailing an Uber with your smartphone, we are constantly thinking about battery life. These battery limitations begin to limit us and prevent us from our own full potential. We need to be able to break free from the power grid and eliminate the restriction of unreliable power.

What if you didn’t have to worry about battery life or plugging into a wall again? What if the limited battery had a supercharged partner to enhance its strength like so many classic pairings in history? What if you could couple the battery with the life-extending power of a fuel cell? And what if this new pairing could change the future of electronics?

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