Batteries not broadband for virtual teams

Mobile teamworkers need better batteries more than better broadband

We talk about ubiquitous wireless broadband as the enabler of truly mobile working.... however if you are a 'power laptop' user then its more likely you will be stopped in your mobile tracks by your battery running out than by lack of access to broadband.

You just have to watch where people rush to in the coffee breaks at techie conferences. They don't make for the wifi zones but fight for available 13-Amp power sockets so they can top-up their batteries.

Reuters comment on an IDC study, “Battery makers juice up for portable computing boom”, which reports on some new developments in batteries with a new technology "lithium polymer" replacing "lithium ion" in the ultra-light laptop market ( machines as light as 1.2 kg) and offering an extra 10-20% extension on battery life.

What I find most is surprising is that it looks like significant improvements via disruptive battery life technology such as fuel cells are still a long way off.

So the best advice to a mobile virtually networked team-worker is don't forget your spare (battery)!

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