|Existing secondary batteries may meet the energy requirements of wearable devices, but they have a lot of downsides as to their lack of flexibility, thinness, and lightweight. This new market needs to open up the room for energy storage solutions with improved features. High-energy thin film batteries have the greatest potential and possibility followed by printed rechargeable zinc battery.
Samsung unveiled the “band-shaped” batteries that are flexible. Dubbed “Stripe” and “Band”, the company claims that these batteries will support a range of applications for amazing wearable devices.
The Stripe battery is as thin as 0.3mm and is totally flexible enough to be folded into anything. These batteries are designed with cutting-edge technology aimed to increase the durability of future devices ‘The Band’ as the name suggests is aimed to act as the extra fuse within the smartwatches bands. This extra charge will give the user 50% more battery than usual and can be folded over 50 thousand times to fit any wrist.
The thin and flexible battery’s announcement came several months after Samsung showcased the curved 210mAh cell which in due course found its way into the Gear Fit fitness band. At the time, Samsung stated that smart bands would ultimately take up 25 percent of the wearables market, making them the top product in the emerging industry.
But the company also informs that its present capacity isn’t sufficient enough to make it fit for use in smartphones and smartwatches. Samsung hopes that it will be able to deploy the new batteries for commercial applications by as early as 2017.