LG scientists create rugged cable-shaped batteries that can be coiled and knotted.
While LG has been busy establishing itself as an electronic giant, most people wouldn't know that the company is also responsible for one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Called LG Chem, the electronic giant's chemical company has developed a battery with an interesting new form factor. The flexible, cable-like battery measures only a few millimeters in diameter, but is strong enough to be tightly wound and even tied into knots.
It goes without saying that wire-shaped batteries can be a useful form factor to power a large range of electronic devices, but the company still has some work to do for practical applications. During testing phases, the researchers were able to power an iPod Nano for up to 10 hours, but the required cable battery ran a length of 25 centimeters.
Hoping to mass produce these batteries by 2017, LG will spend its next steps in development shrinking down the battery, allowing eventual updates to be discreetly woven into textiles. According to LG, when these flexible batteries make their way into mass production, you can expect to see an explosion of electronics in new form factors.