Researchers from the University of Illinois Create Thin Flexible Batteries That Can Charge Devices Wirelessly

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2285118/Bendable-batteries-future-help-power-pacemakers-bouncing-cell-phones.html

How BENDABLE batteries of the future will power pacemakers and bouncing cell phones

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A team of engineers have developed a new flexible battery that will pave the way for a number of medical and technological advancements.

By creating the small batteries so that they can be bent and stretched to an extreme degree, it will allow doctors to sew them directly into cardiac tissue.

Once fully completed, the new batteries will also lead to technological improvements that will be helpful to the accident-prone.

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Flexible: The small battery can be twisted up to 300 per cent from it's normal structure without breaking

Flexible: The small battery can be twisted up to 300 per cent from it’s normal structure without breaking

‘Such stretchable batteries enable true integration with stretchable electronics in a small package,’ co-creator Yonggang Huang from Northwestern University told NBC News.

The small battery can be twisted up to 300 per cent from it’s normal structure without breaking.

Nature Communications also explained that the wireless power transmission system used for this type of battery will allow for these batteries to be charged without physical contact.

‘When we stretch the battery, the wavy interconnects unravels, much like yarn unspooling, while the storage components almost keep undeformed, because of their much larger rigidity than the interconnects,’ Mr Huang told NBC.

Men behind the marvel: The new technology was developed by engineers Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University (left) and John Rogers at the University of Illinois (right)
Men behind the marvel: The new technology was developed by engineers Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University (left) and John Rogers at the University of Illinois (right)

Men behind the marvel: The new technology was developed by engineers Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University (left) and John Rogers at the University of Illinois (right)

Remote: The wireless power transmission system used for this type of battery will allow for these batteries to be charged without physical contact

Remote: The wireless power transmission system used for this type of battery will allow for these batteries to be charged without physical contact

On a lighter note, the battery could theoretically also be used in future iterations of bendable cell phones which are being tested currently.

The new technology was developed by Mr Huang and John Rogers at the University of Illinois.

Mr Rogers previously won a $500,000 prize from Lemelson-MIT for the specific work.

This is not the first innovation in flexible technology, as sheets of LED lights were created in 2010 for medical advancements.

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  VIDEO  See the stretchable batteries in action here…

How BENDABLE batteries of the future will power pacemakers and bouncing cell phones

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Posted on February 27, 2013, in Science / Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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