Saturday October 01, 2016

Panasonic Develops Bendable, Twistable, Flexible Lithium-Ion Battery

In a step that could make bendable smartphones a reality, Panasonic has designed a malleable battery that still provides power even when it’s being bent and twisted. Unfortunately, the battery is still very early: it can’t take that much abuse and is nowhere near strong enough to power your typical mobile.

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آ…the company has built a battery that’s 0.55-millimeters thick and able to bend as much as 25mm and twist 25 degrees. No, it’s not the foldable battery some were expecting, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Perhaps even more important than the fact that the battery can bend is that it can withstand bending while still charging and providing power آ— something that today’s lithium-ion batteries cannot do. While cool, the batteries have a long way to go before we’ll see them in our devices. Panasonic has only built batteries with between 17.5mAh and 60mAh capacities, so if they were to be implemented in a product today, they would really only be able to power extremely low-power smart textiles or smart cards.

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