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Is E3 2017 opening to the public a good idea? GamesBeat Decides

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You can go to the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show if you want, and you don’t even have to start your own zine to get a credential.

E3 is opening its doors to the public. The show will sell 15,000 tickets to non-industry people who want to attend when the event returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this June. But is this a smart idea? Will this ensure the future of E3 for the Entertainment Software Association? Will gamers have a good time? Well, that’s just one of the topics we talk about on this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast.

You can watch our segment about E3 in the video at the top of this story. If you have thoughts of your own, email us at games+podcast@venturebeat.com. Otherwise, catch the entire GamesBeat Decides episode below.

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Those limits are based on hard-to-measure internal temperatures, however, which is where the WMG probe comes in. It's a fiber optic sensor, protected by a chemical layer that can be directly inserted into a lithium-ion cell to give highly precise thermal measurements without affecting its performance.

The team tested the sensor on standard 18650 li-ion cells, used in Tesla's Model S and X, among other EVs. They discovered that they can be charged five times faster than previously thought without damage. Such speeds would reduce battery life, but if used judiciously, the impact would be minimized, said lead researcher Dr. Tazdin Amietszajew.

Faster charging as always comes at the expense of overall battery life but many consumers would welcome the ability to charge a vehicle battery quickly when short journey times are required and then to switch to standard charge periods at other times.

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Nevertheless, it shows a lot of promise for much faster charging speeds in the near future. Even if battery capacities stayed the same, charging in 5 minutes instead of 25 could flip a lot of drivers over to the green side.

Via: Clean Technica

Source: University of Warwick

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