Samsung develops flexible, bendable, rollable battery
posted by Paul.K / Oct 15, 2014, 8:49 AM
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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This is perfect for the iphone, apple should ask samsung to make the batteries for their future devices
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 8:51 AM 35
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)
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 8:58 AM 11
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Don't forget to mention smartwatches.The battery can be installed within the strap
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 8:59 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 12:32 PM 1
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