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Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
2/7/2013

Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea have developed, what they claim to be, the world's first imprintable and bendable lithium-ion battery. The move should hasten the adoption of mobile devices with flexible displays, such as Samsung's Youm flexible OLED, and potentially other flexible devices that are beginning to emerge.
Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea have developed, what they claim to be, the world's first imprintable and bendable lithium-ion battery. The move should hasten the adoption of mobile devices with flexible displays, such as Samsung’s Youm flexible OLED, and potentially other flexible devices that are beginning to emerge.

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Elizabeth M
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First touchscreens, now flexibility
Elizabeth M   2/7/2013 8:56:31 AM
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This is an interesting breakthrough in terms of mobile devices and paves the way for the next wave of displays, which will add flexibility to the already impressive innovation that exists. While I don't think this is quite such a revolutionary technology as the touchscreen, it will, once commercialized, have an impact on the future design of phones and tablets.

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TJ McDermott   2/7/2013 10:36:26 AM
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Elizabeth, I think it will go beyond phones and tablets.  In the past year Design News has reported on various fabrics and clothing with embedded electronics.  A flexible battery seems a perfect power source for smart clothing.

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Elizabeth M   2/7/2013 10:39:47 AM
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Duh, I didn't even think of that, TJ, but of course! And I actually reported on some of these electronic-embedded fabrics etc. It didn't occur to me at the time this would be a good application, but you're right, it certainly would make these types of things much more comfortable to wear by eliminating the need for a hard, bulky battery.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2013 12:23:16 PM
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There are a lot of apps for a bendable battery aside from displays and touch screens, and they somewhat parallel the apps for bendable displays themselves: smart fabrics, wearable electronics, conformable signage, for example.

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Charles Murray   2/7/2013 7:01:25 PM
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Liz, the flexible batteries would be great for some of the wearable medical systems you wrote about. An electronic patch on the arm or shoulder would definitely benefit from having a flexible battery.

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Mydesign   2/7/2013 9:54:06 PM
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Elizabeth, it seems that now a day's all inventions are happening in a similar direction to bent the existing technology. Last month we read about foldable screen and now about batteries. Hope this will lead to a technology to bendable devices, so that we can bend and keep the device in our wallet or hand bag.

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Mydesign   2/7/2013 9:59:33 PM
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Ann, you are right. Wearable & portable electronic devices may be more benefitable because the devices become handier and hence easy to carry either in pouch or hand bag. How about the durability or life time of such cells/battery when it becomes bendable?

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/8/2013 6:08:33 AM
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Yes, Charles, exactly. That was what I was thinking as well. Anything close to the body should be flexible, as having a hard battery would just make it more uncomfortable to wear.

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Elizabeth M   2/8/2013 6:53:12 AM
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Interesting observation, and you're right. It seems for awhile that device design was going in the direction of thinner, smaller and more sleek. Now that a lot of companies have got that down, it's time to make them flexible. I look forward to see where this trend will take us.

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Garments will require Nomex!
Tmachell   2/8/2013 9:16:19 AM
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Wearable Li-ion batteries, that's cool, but won't be so cool if they overheat and light your heated jacket on fire! Laptops, Chevy Volt, airplanes, etc. are pretty good indicators that Li-ion has its drawbacks. Now, imagine, someone's kid gets burned, even a little bit while wearing his cool LED jacket, or the coat room burns up during a night out. Dunno...I think that Li-ion tecnology will have a ways to go yet before we can ubiquitously start putting it into flammable, wearable goods. Try putitng a 9V dry cell in your pocket with a bit of change...yeowch!

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