Samsung develops flexible, bendable, rollable battery

Samsung develops flexible, bendable, rollable battery
Samsung seems to be on a roll. After announcing the mind-boggling speeds it managed to achieve with its 5G, Sammy's entry to the InterBattery 2014 exhibition in Korea shows another cool achievement.

Developed by the company's energy solutions branch – Samsung SDI – the company showed its first bendable battery. And no, not the limited bendability you can find in the LG G Flex (though, don't get us wrong, the Flex's battery is still pretty nifty), but a fully rollable, bendable, move-it-any-way-you-want battery. The prototypes that were presented look more like rubber straws, than the flat slabs that we are used to seeing lately, and it is unclear whether this is out of structural necessity, or if they were shaped that way due to the fact that Sammy plans to employ them in smart wearables.

Now, let's get something out of the way – the new tech is not ready for commercial production yet, as the bending still puts a strain on, and eventually damages, the battery cells, however – this is still a major step forward in battery tech. Samsung SDI claims that the flexible juiceboxes will be ready for mass production within the next 3 years.

The way the researchers achieved the desired effect isn't by revolutionizing the way the Li-Ion battery works. Rather, they played around with structural design and improved the quality of the used materials.

It would be interesting to see what capacity the batteries would be able to carry, and how much juice they would provide for wearables. This tech could also mean easier-to-carry portable chargers, exotic smartphone designs, and who knows what else.

Can you think of something that would employ a flexible tube of a battery to create a mindblowing design / novelty?


source: Tizen Indonesia (translated) via Gizmodo

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25 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is perfect for the iphone, apple should ask samsung to make the batteries for their future devices

8. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Easy one :D

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not without Sammy putting t in their phone first. Looks like a device with a rollable display with a rollable battery is absolutely possible.

2. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol Samsung should offer these batteries to Apple to be installed in the 6 plus..no just kidding :)

3. moguai

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

^ bend it and leave it bendt?

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Samsung ftw!!!

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The smartwatch might profit from this (battery inside the straps, less bulky watch design). Google glass might profit from it. Wireless headphones (battery inside the top of the headset)

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Don't forget to mention smartwatches.The battery can be installed within the strap

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Uhm I think I mentioned that :)

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Reading and comprehension failure. He saw your post but didn't understand.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Samsung ftw!!!

9. George2

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Chicks dig flexible batteries.

10. bendgate unregistered

I just hope that Apple don't sue Samsung for bendable things.

12. D600abc

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I'm actually more interested by the glasses behind them where its written Activated by Samsung.

13. shinywindow unregistered

so this means that Krapple will introduce this in four years as the iPhone Flex. "once again, Apple has brought the greatest technology to our ....." they will patent it, sue sammy , hahahaha

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Truly innovative. First OLEDcurve screen now battery

15. wilsong17 unregistered

This is why Samsung will be the top dog.. it don't matter if you sell 20 million in 3 days.. this is the future of mobile technology, which clearly Samsung is a head

16. REWMO

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

sammy seems to innovate more than its competition.... if it srill have competition.

17. REWMO

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

*still

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wow... thats not bad... well, what was wrong if she bend as well?

24. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i want one

19. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Smart Belt? anyone?

20. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Come on Samsung an offer this on the Galaxy S6 an show Apple Up again

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

See this is what the iFans don't understand about what makes Samsung so great, THEY ACTUALLY MAKE STUFF. Apple doesn't make a damn thing. They design their OS, they design their SoC, they design their phone/tablets/macs, but they don't build it. Which saves them lots of money. Not only does Samsung spend money on design, they actually manufacture and distribute. From once designing and building the World's Tallest Building, designing and building the largest cargo ship and so much more, SAMSUNG is a beast and a real OEM. Just think how many smart products you can now have. How about a shirt made of this with a microUSB connector at the bottom? lol. Keep it up Sammy, you are a true innovator and the haters are gonna hate on you no matter what anyways. Just do your thing and make your money.

25. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Only Samsung. The best in terms of innovation and this is looking great!

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