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Bendable battery to power future wearable devices, smartphones

Panasonic is developing a new bendable lithium-ion battery that can flex and twist to power wearable devices and one day be used to develop a flexible smartphone. Although it is still in the early stages of development, the battery has already been tested to withstand twists, bends and other deformations while maintaining its ability to hold a charge.

In contrast, a regular lithium-ion battery, commonly used in smartphones and other gadgets, can degrade when it is deformed, thus shortening the device’s operating time.
Panasonic’s bendable battery uses a newly-developed laminated outer body and internal structure that the company says makes it difficult for the battery to leak or over-heat. With this new casing and internal wiring, the battery is safer and more reliable for wearable tech devices.

The bendable battery is just 0.55mm (0.02-inch) thick, and was able to withstand being bent so that the curve of the battery has a radius of 25mm, and being twisted up to 25 degrees in tests (Image courtesy: www.yahoo.com/tech)
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