HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Stretchable Lithium-Ion Battery Could Power Athletes & Patients
5/1/2013

This is the design for a stretchable Li-ion battery that sandwiches electrode disks connected via self-similar, S-shaped metal wires between a pair of thin silicon substrates.   (Source: Nature.com)
This is the design for a stretchable Li-ion battery that sandwiches electrode disks connected via self-similar, S-shaped metal wires between a pair of thin silicon substrates.
(Source: Nature.com)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:10:36 PM
NO RATINGS
Once the Flextronics are cheap enough, we will see it in everything I am sure.

C

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Elizabeth M   5/13/2013 4:19:34 AM
NO RATINGS
Ah, interesting, I wouldn't think bendy technology would be so durable offhand but now that I think about it and you mention it, I guess you're right. It could take more of a beating than hard-shelled technology that can crack, break or shatter. So this is the design wave of the future, then, for devices...?

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Cabe Atwell   5/10/2013 4:51:10 PM
NO RATINGS
Debera & Jack,

I saw the Samsung demo at CES 2013 back in January. With tech ideas like this, it always takes a while for the generational increments to catch up to concepts. Think concept cars versus the ones actually produced.

As Apple stops buying chips and things from Samsung, Samsung will need a new cash cow. Since I am sure they are patenting their bendable tech, keeping it out of Apple's hands, they will have to push the flexibility angle.

I look forward to more rugged tech as a result.

C

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Cabe Atwell   5/10/2013 4:47:46 PM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth,

Quite the opposite of delicate, the bendable tech could take more of a beating. Durability will be the most coveted feature. In the future, we will not need phone cases and screen protectors.

Combine this with insulating the circuitry from water, a recent trend, and we will all be happy.

C

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Elizabeth M   5/6/2013 4:59:47 AM
NO RATINGS
Apple makes a bendable watch? Interesting. Is a bendable iPhone on the way? Now that would be cool...though a bit delicate, I imagine!

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: Interesting innovations
Debera Harward   5/4/2013 5:16:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Cabe , i didnt knew that samsung is using stretchable lithium ion batteries and producing flexible screens before your post .No doubt these batteries are the very next technology although a lot of work has to be done in it.These stretchable batteries can also be used to power the bionic eyes

Jack Rupert, PE
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Interesting innovations
Jack Rupert, PE   5/3/2013 5:12:20 PM
NO RATINGS
Cabe - I didn't know that Samsung (or anybody for that matter) had a bendable display like that until I saw your post and googled it.  The general nature of flexible design has a lot of cool possibilities going forward.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Interesting innovations
Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 2:35:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Flexible devices are the next step. I see it mostly used in keeping the device safe from damage. But unique designed gadget are sure to immerge.

Samsung makes bendable displays... Apple makes a bendable watch.

C

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: STRETCHABLE LI- ION BATTERY
Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 2:30:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Bob,

The project was funded by the "Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University." In house, quite possibly the best way to get financing.

C

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
STRETCHABLE LI- ION BATTERY
bobjengr   5/3/2013 1:22:33 PM
NO RATINGS
  Good post Cabe.  I can certainly see how this could improve the lives of many individuals.  From looking at your illustration, it would appear the weight is minimal with materials that are seemingly "off the shelf".   Do you have any information on how this is funded; i.e. private, Federal, etc.?   The reason for asking, I see many federally funded programs being cut over the next few years and this appears to me to be a very worthwhile investigation.  It would be a pity if it got cut.

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Software developers beware: Your open-source components may not be secure.
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 6 - 10, Building Raspberry Pi Controllers with Python
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service