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Is this solar-powered flexible battery the future of wearables?1

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Joel Schroeder
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Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.

The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by lowering the space required for a battery, a big benefit for e-skin and e-clothes products.

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The components are electronically connected via flexible copper-polymer interconnects, mounted on a highly elastic silicone core, and enclosed within a silicone shell, the team said.

The authors demonstrated the use of these systems for continual logging and wireless transmission of body temperature data in a variety of realistic scenarios, such as monitoring skin temperature during physical exercise and bathing, and measuring temperature changes during breathing.

The battery may also be a welcome addition to the e-skin market, with researchers recently creating a much longer lasting tattoo that changes color and can even track things like UV rays and heart-rate.

Wearables are still a young market, but with 67 percent growth from 2015 to 2016, more companies are starting to see the potential of devices able to gather more data on the customer.

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