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Wearables powered by body movements

Wearables powered by body movements

Sep 7, 2018 United States
A wearable energy-harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging, according to a team of researchers. The device, about the size of a wristwatch, produces enough power to run a personal health monitoring system.
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A paper battery powered by bacteria

A paper battery powered by bacteria

Aug 22, 2018 United States
In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable.
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Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Jul 23, 2018 China
Chinese scientists have developed flexible micro-batteries with high energy density and steady performance under extraordinary high-temperature.
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Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

May 21, 2018 China, Hong Kong
Scientists in Hong Kong and China have combined a semi-transparent arrangement of anodes and cathodes with a transparent electrolyte to make the first ever photoluminescent microbattery that can simultaneously act as a power supply and a full-colour display.
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Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Apr 25, 2018 China
Chinese scientists have found a kind of inorganic semiconductor, which has good ductility and flexibility at room temperature, which may be used in flexible electronics.
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Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Apr 4, 2018 China
Researchers have developed a rechargeable yarn battery that is waterproof and flexible. It also can be cut into pieces and still work.
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Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Mar 14, 2018 United States
Solar cells have great potential as a source of clean electrical energy, but so far they have not been cheap, light, and flexible enough for widespread use. Now a team of researchers has found an innovative and promising way to improve solar cells and make their use in many applications more likely.
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IDTechEx TVFlexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

Flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

Feb 5, 2018 United States
The rapid development of flexible and wearable electronics is giving rise to an exciting range of applications, from smart watches and flexible displays—such as smart phones, tablets, and TV—to smart fabrics, smart glass, transdermal patches, sensors, and more. With this rise, demand has increased for high-performance flexible batteries. Up to now, however, researchers have had difficulty obtaining both good flexibility and high energy density concurrently in lithium-ion batteries.
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Customizable, fabric-like power source

Customizable, fabric-like power source

Feb 1, 2018 Singapore
Scientists have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function.
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Fully integrated circuits successfully printed directly onto fabric

Fully integrated circuits successfully printed directly onto fabric

Dec 21, 2017 Europe
If wearable electronics are to become commonplace, a breakthrough is required which allows them to be washable, stretchable and breathable. Using conventional inkjet techniques which are cheap, safe and environmentally friendly, researchers recently reported the successful printing of 2D material, creating integrated electronic circuits, directly onto fabrics.
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Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

Dec 13, 2017 United States
A research team has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.