Scientists at Singapore’s NTU invent customizable fabric like battery

We live in the middle of one of the most exciting times in human history.

Major technological leaps forward, technological leaps designed to completely transform the way we live our lives today and tomorrow, or being invented almost every single day – pushing us further and further into the future faster than anyone could have expected or anticipated.

Technologies that use to be nothing more than a science fiction dream, technologies that only ever existed in cartoons or on the big screen, are becoming commonplace. We live a lot more like The Jetsons and the folks on Star Trek than most people realize.

Evidence of this incredible new technology landscape is on full display when you see things like the brand-new battery technology created by scientists at NTU (one of the most prestigious universities in Southeast Asia).

A power source that feels like fabric – a battery that can be cut, folded, stretched, and woven into clothing without ever losing its functionality – used to be nothing more than a pipe dream or the creation of a Hollywood screenwriter’s imagination.

Today, thanks to those scientists at NTU, it is a reality.

A major new press release was published by the NTU team, highlighting a new invention created by the School of Material Science and Engineering.

The professor there and his team of undergraduate and graduate students have created a wearable power source – a super capacitor – that works just like a fast charging lithium ion battery with the capability of being charged, discharged, and recharged thousands of times without losing its capabilities or effectiveness.

This invention promises to usher in a brand-new era of power sources for wearable technology and electronics. The Internet of Things is becoming more and more a reality than ever before, and the idea that people are going to be able to keep their electronics charged through the closing that they wear on a daily basis is going to help the Internet of Things take off a lot faster than it would have otherwise.

Sure, stretchable super capacitors like this technology existed in the past – but they weren’t ever able to be cut, folded, and re-woven into themselves without losing capacity, control, or effectiveness the way they are now thanks to the researchers at NTU.

Previously, this kind of technology had to be engineered, designed, shaped, and produced to fit very specific design parameters without any customization or reconfiguration possible. The battery cells and circuitry wouldn’t allow for “effortless meshing” the way that this new technology does.

Customization is the name of the game when it comes to this new NTU wearable battery system. It’s shape, structure, and overall makeup design can be overhauled to completely, rearranged on the fly, and transformed after it has been constructed without losing its functionality as a rechargeable power source.

This is all thanks to the new honeycomb like structure it takes advantage of. The battery cells now work more like a neural network than a system of rigid circuits. It’s incredible to think that this is just the first iteration of this technology. What might it look like in 10 years?