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Could New Gel-Based Batteries Be Used to Create Flexible Phones?

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 13, 2011

 A team of researchers at the University of Leeds say they've created a new type of polymer gel that could lead to batteries that are lighter, safer and more flexible. The gel would be used in place of the volatile and toxic lithium used in most batteries in gadgets today.

The researchers claim that their gel batteries couldn't catch fire like liquid filled batteries and are as safe as polymer batteries but are 10% to 20% the price of either. As well as being safe and damage tolerant, the flexible cells could be shaped and bent to fit into any device, say the researchers, which makes me wonder if they'd ever fit inside these kinds of wild prototypes.

The researchers say they've already licensed the technology to Polystor Energy Corporation, which is now conducting trials to commercialize the cells. Big news, no?


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Source: BBC News

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • John Fiscell Sep 13, 2011 Link to comment

    I think she means slap bracelets. We had them in grade school. They were bits of plastic you could slap on your rist and ware like a bracelet. I think they were made of old tape measures or something like that.

  • Zhu Lee Sep 13, 2011 Link to comment

    @Miranda What are slap-braslets?

  • Miranda Endhoven Sep 13, 2011 Link to comment

    Does that mean well get slap-braslet phones one day? That would be so BUTTER!

  • Sam-Droid Sep 13, 2011 Link to comment

    Okay I get the idea, but wouldn't they screen prevent them from every developing phones like that? Glass is pretty ridgid last time I checked. I don't think there is really a way around that.

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