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Flexible Batteries Power Flexible Displays
8/28/2012

A flexible inorganic, thin-film lithium-ion battery made of all solid-state materials delivers enough energy density to power this bendable display. (Source: Nano Letters)
A flexible inorganic, thin-film lithium-ion battery made of all solid-state materials delivers
enough energy density to power this bendable display.
(Source: Nano Letters)

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NadineJ
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very cool
NadineJ   8/28/2012 11:29:47 AM
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The first time I saw a  flexible display at CES, I was awed.  I couldn't imagaine what could come next. 

I'm curious to see the thin-film transistors when they're ready.  Thanks for the article.

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Re: very cool
Ann R. Thryft   8/28/2012 12:24:20 PM
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Nadine, I admit that I have a tough time believing flexible displays can work. They seem so counterintuitive, yet there are several development efforts going on to produce them.

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Rob Spiegel   8/28/2012 4:56:27 PM
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It's going to be interesting to see what applications come from this. The flexible displays I've seen are fun, but I haven't seen them in a setting where flexibility was a necessity rather than a nice gimmick. Yet I'm sure somebody will come up with a great idea once this technology is available.

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Charles Murray   8/28/2012 5:18:08 PM
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I'm sure that engineers will find many applications for thin film batteries and displays. I can remember when people claimed the only application for PCs was to store recipes. We've found some new apps since then.

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Nancy Golden   8/28/2012 5:19:21 PM
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I agree, Rob. I have a feeling a few years from now they will be in the technology domain in products that we don't even give a second thought to as being out of the ordinary...kind of like the evolution of LED flashlights.

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NadineJ   8/28/2012 5:32:55 PM
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One idea did come to me while reading through the comments.   I can see this used for tablets aimed at the kid's market.  I never imagined that a $400 item could be popular for children.  If you've ever watched two toddlers arguing over an ipad, you know what I mean.

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Rob Spiegel   8/29/2012 10:31:25 AM
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Good point, Chuck. We're likely to be surprised by what shows up now that this flexible technology is becoming available. It didn't take long for applications to show up for the PC. Smart phones are another good example. Using the phone to make a call almost seems an afterthought for young users.

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Rob Spiegel   8/29/2012 11:02:17 AM
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I agree, Nadine. Tiny kids take to tablets in a remarkable way. In a family, the kids take over the tablets in ways they never tried to do with desktops or laptops. Flexible computers will be perfect for kid applications.

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Plastic Batteries
wbswenberg   8/29/2012 11:22:47 AM
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I can remember reading about two potential plastic battery technologies more than a decade ago.  I'm not talking about using plastic as an armature.  There were two developments; one was more like a cap for charge storage; the other was like an organic plastic.  I can also remember about film batteries which was more like plastic armature with the media deposited on the plastic film.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/29/2012 12:04:05 PM
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Yes, Chuck, just a few apps since then :) For flexible displays, the apps I see mentioned most often are watches and other wearable computers, medical devices, and signage. I think Nancy's right: once the tech is available, they will be all over the place and we'll wonder how we ever did without them.

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