Making the Case for Transparent OLED Displays
The Evolution of Smart Clothing: Better Fabrics and Sensors
Smart Glasses and the Evolution of Human-Computing Interfaces
Why We’re Bullish on OLED Lighting in Automotive
Smart Glasses Boom Means New Business for Optical Components and Sensor Makers
Emerging Gestural Recognition Markets
Evolving Strategies: Surveying the Landscape of Smart Grid Sensor Companies
Powering the Internet of Things: New Technologies for New Markets
Handicapping the field: How Next-Generation Solar PV Materials Will Emerge Into the Market
Where Sensors Will Rule the Smart Grid
How OLED Lighting Could “Save” the OLED Industry
Updating Perspectives on Alternative Transparent Conductors
What Market Movements Will Spur BIPV Growth?
Translating CIGS Efficiency Improvements Into Market Opportunity
Expanding the BIPV Market for DSC
DSC Markets Beyond BIPV
Perovskite and DSC: The Market Revolution Begins with BIPV
Thoughts on the Commercial Future of Smart Lighting
Silver Inks and Pastes Resurgence?
Smart Lighting Moves Beyond Energy Efficiency
Smart Lighting, Multi-Market Segment Impact
Materials Trends for BIPV Glass
Flexible Glass Firms Branch into New Applications
What of the Commercial Future of Smart Windows?
The Smart Lighting Market Is Transitioning
Metal Mesh Competitive as Transparent Conductor for Large Panels
Wearable Devices Expanding the Market for Thin Film Batteries
How Phosphors Expand the Addressable Market for LEDs
What’s New in Flexible Glass?
BIPV Glass Rebooted?
Current and Future Markets for Nanosensors
Smart Coatings Opportunities in Alternative Energy Markets
Do Photochromic Materials Have a Chance in the Smart Windows Market?
The Strategic Potential of Quantum Dots for the TV Display Industry
An Update on Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) Technology
Moving Smart Auto Glass Beyond Niche Status
Improving Prospects for LED Phosphors
Transparent Displays, Closer and Closer to Reality
Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Update
A New Generations of Applications and New Generations of Batteries
NanoMarkets believes that we are on the verge of important new developments that will take thin batteries in a new direction and expand their potential for revenue generation. The market that we are talking about here consists of the new generation of wearable and flexible gadgets, which we believe is the next big trend in electronics; and a trend that could give a huge boost to the prospects for thin batteries.
What we do know is that some of the emerging devices in this class will need batteries that are especially thin, flexible, lightweight, or created in non-standard shapes and sizes, which is where the batteries considered in this report come into the mix. The other factor that impresses us about this emerging sector is that the R&D that has been reported here so far includes some very big names, including Apple, LG, and Nokia.
Apple (U.S.): Apple’s patent application published in July 2013 details the creation of a flexible battery shape, suggesting that the company is exploring solutions for future products that may take on a unique shape. The patent, which was filed in December of 2011, covers a flexible battery pack that consists of several different cells connected through a laminate layer designed to "allow the battery to be shaped to fit a form factor of the electronic device."
LG: In another interesting development, LG Chem (South Korea) announced in October 2013 that it has succeeded in producing batteries with different shapes. LG Chem’s future batteries are categorized as stepped, curved, and cable batteries.
The company has already started mass-producing stepped and curved batteries, and has plans to produce cable batteries in upcoming years. Cable batteries will be applied to IT devices that are bendable, wearable, and even can be tied into a knot. In addition to flexibility, these batteries will be waterproof to enable use in wearable gadgets.
Nokia: Nokia (Finland) has also filed a patent in 2013 for a foldable battery that could enable the production of a new generation of paper-thin collapsible phones. It describes a battery pack made up of "foldable cells" that can curve and bend with the shape of a phone, as well as being capable of folding in on itself.