Elizabeth, now a day's peoples are using more and more gadgets in day to day life. So I personally feel the requirement of some mechanism to increase the life time of batteries rather than such self healing technologies.
This reminds me of self sealing gas tanks on planes. The technology was invented in 1921, but pretty much languished in the post WWI era. When WWII started, the application's value became extremely apparent; Allied planes started having the self sealing tanks installed by 1942 and continue to this day. The difference is an immediate need today. I hope this accelerates acceptance by battery manufacturers.
@far911- At times I tend to think that battery manufacturers have not invested much time and money on research and development. A battery manufacturer surely knows in an out of the batteries they manufacture and the materials used.
@far911- If you think of the applications what not can you use it for? Imagine using this technology to power vehicles. You could drive miles with just a single charge. That's when we really make use of this technology.
Yes, I think in terms of big-ticket or popular products like consumer devices, this isn't such a problem anymore because there is a lot of competition pushing companies to get the best product out the first time around. But with batteries especially in terms of all of the experimentation happening, there might be a bit of an adoption curve before the technology is mature.
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