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Researchers Print Stretchable Battery to Light Wearables

5/31/2017 00:01 AM EDT
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rkumar
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Conformal Batteries to Empower Numerous Technologies
rkumar   6/2/2017 3:55:00 PM
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While clothing may silly, there are many real users that need batteries integrated into their textiles such as firefigthers, soldiers, and other high-risk jobs that constantly carrying numerous electronics.

In addition, there is a huge market potential for in-mold electronics, e-textiles, wearables, and medical applications.

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Illuminate Temp Tatoos!
R_Colin_Johnson   5/31/2017 12:10:23 PM
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Yes, what you do with the stored energy will ultimately be the interesting part. UCSD has merely enabled batteries to be printed on flexible, streatchable substrates.

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Re: Illumate Temp Tatoos!
realjjj   5/31/2017 11:14:47 AM
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I've been waiting for energy harvesting shoes since i was a child - no idea why it was something i wanted, maybe because a lot of energy goes to waste there.  For such shoes it would be the best way to go.

Enabling shape shifting drones and some types of robots could be a viable application.

Clothing is interesting and fun at first sight but ultimately silly and unimaginative.

 

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Illuminate Temp Tatoos!
R_Colin_Johnson   5/31/2017 10:30:20 AM
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We already have stretchable emitters for wearables and flexible solar cells for power, but now UCSD has added stretchable batteries to store that power. Clothing is their target, but I think the coolest application would be illuminated temporary tattoos! Soon our clothing and maybe even out skin will begin reflecting our moods, health or just plain life style and like/dislike orientations!

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