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Researchers are developing a flexible lithium-ion battery to help patients monitor their health without having to be connected to a bulky power supply.


Stretching out lithium-ion batteries for health monitoring devices

by Theresa Chong
May 2, 2013


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A stretchable lithium-ion battery that is flexible and packed with power.

Batteries don’t have to be rigid anymore. Innovators from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are stretching lithium-ion batteries to the max. The battery can flex up to three times its size and can power health monitoring devices without any wires.