Summary #998

Stanford is working on a soft and stretchable battery suitable for wearable tech
  • It relies on a special type of plastic, which makes it safer than conventional batteries.
  • Plastics have been used in batteries before, but previous applications were known to cause leaks or burst into flames.
  • The new battery prototype uses a special, solid and stretchable plastic.
  • Initial tests show that it outputs the same amount of energy when it’s squeezed, folded, and stretched to be twice as long as it originally is.
  • The first version is thumbnail-sized, and only half as efficient as conventional batteries, so it will need a lot of development before it's commercialized.


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