A research team at Korea’s top science and technology university has created a wearable textile battery powered by solar energy.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said the new technology has more than 5,000 folding-unfolding motions and is applicable in the assembly lines of battery makers.
Choi Jang-wook, the head of the team, said the breakthrough will open a new era in information and technology in which people can wear electronic devices.
“Wearable electronics represent a significant paradigm shift in consumer electronics,” the team said in a thesis posted on the latest edition of Nano Letters, a monthly science journal of the American Chemical Society.
“In particular, integration of flexible electronic devices with clothes, glasses, watches and skin will bring new opportunities beyond what is imaginable by existing inflexible counterparts.”
The market for wearable electronics has grown more competitive. In September, Samsung Electronics released a smartwatch with functions such as making phone calls, showing messages and taking photos.