Panasonic shows off bendable battery at Ceatec.

Just like Samsung and LG, Panasonic as a company has decided to try their hands on the bendable type of battery. Panasonic unveiled the bendable lithium ion battery at Japanese technology fair Ceatec.
Dan Simmons with Panasonic battery

The battery could be used in wearables such as watches, fitness bands and smart-clothing.

Its capacity is small, meaning it would not be suitable for power-intensive smartphones at this stage.

Ben Wood, an analyst with research company CCS, said that "Other manufacturers such as LG and Samsung are also putting huge efforts into more flexible technology, be that in batteries, screens or more."

Panasonic's flexible battery is 0.55mm (0.022in) thick with a maximum "bend" of 25 degrees.

The company said that the battery could "retain its characteristics" even after being repeatedly bent.

Smart-cards, often carried in wallets and pockets, require internal components that can withstand bending and twisting, but they can also degrade as they are flexed.

Curved smartphones have been around for a while, but foldable displays remain conceptual.

Designing such batteries could "provide scope for disruptive new curved designs," said Mr Wood, something all manufacturers craved as they "seek to deliver exciting new devices in the growing sea of sameness that characterises electronic products".

But, he added, there remained challenges ahead.

"Flexible batteries alone do not solve all the design challenges as the other materials and components also need to be flexible," he said.

According to the company, Panasonic's bendable batteries would begin shipping at the end of October, the company said.

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