NEC’s Flexible Battery

We make a lot of noise about flexible displays, but how often do you hear us — or just about anyone else — yammering about the batteries that will make all this possible? OK, well, the answer is probably “sometimes,” because we have mentioned it before. But now NEC has announced a 0.3mm-thick flexible battery made from an organic radical polymer that may make flexible batteries as convenient and usable as conventional lithium ion cells. The batteries recharge in as little as 30 seconds and are supposedly environmentally friendly in that they contain no harmful metals. (Presumably the plastic part isn’t so environmentally friendly, but perhaps they can make it recyclable.) In addition to use with flexible displays, the new batteries will likely come in handy with RFID systems.

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