Bendable, Stretchable Batteries Provide a Jump Start for Wearable Tech

Credit: Alla Zamarayeva, University of California, BerkeleyBack in the boring and unimaginative days of the 20th century, batteries came in a familiar assortment of shapes and sizes. You had your tiny AA, for example, your even tinier AAA, your meaty D batteries, and the squared-off 9-volt.In recent years, electronic devices have migrated into all sorts of strange areas smart underwear, for instance, that can measure your heart rate, calorie consumption, and posture. As such, batteries are changing too.   Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a new kind of stretchy battery specifically designed for wearable devices and clothing that require more flexibility than old-school electronics. In fact, the engineering team has come up with two new stretchy battery designs that can expand, contract, and bend while preserving the cost-efficiency and safety of traditional batteries.   Originally developed by Alla Zamarayeva, a Ph.D candidate at the university,

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be charged by the sun and threaded into clothes or wearable technologies.

Credit: Alla Zamarayeva, University of California, BerkeleyBack in the boring and unimaginative days of the 20th century, batteries came in a familiar assortment of shapes and ...

Fri 16 Jun 17 from Discovery News

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