With all the controversy about the Samsung Galaxy 7 exploding batteries and fiery dangers, scientists have created a new cell electrolyte that when punctured or crushed or even overloaded will only exhibit a harmless ‘PFFFTh’ sound to the human ear.
Of course, designers will want to be aware that there has been battery damage, so for added detection awareness, all that will be needed is a simple use of the smart phone’s microphone. When the battery emits the signature ‘PFFFTh’ sound, the microphone will detect and amplify the sound through the phone’s speaker system. The user and anyone around will hear a loud ‘PFFFTh’ and know what it means coming from one’s pocket or purse.
Some designers are even thinking of adding a light fragrance in addition to the ‘PFFFTh’ sound so that in a noisy room everyone will be alerted that a battery has been damaged with a gentle release of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.
Smart phone marketers are ecstatic about their new public marketing campaigns and slogans. Some ideas are:
“No more fires or explosions. Take your smart phone anywhere, even on commercial aircraft. Users and bystanders will have a gentle ‘PFFFTh’ safety alert accompanied by a mild whiff when the battery has a problem.”
“No more danger using smart phones: Owners who have a failed battery will exclaim, ‘Excuse me for being so bold, but it was some gas that my phone could not hold!’ ”