There's one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that's stiff and bulky li-ion batteries. Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surfaces like a plaster to skin — and it can even charge itself.
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Google's modular smartphone may have been severely delayed, but other people have been thinking about different smartphone forms too. Like this cube-based device, which uses separate modules to build up unusually shaped mobile devices.
The sci-fi dream of flexible electronics is on its way — it's just taking a while to arrive. But this new prototype flexible smartphone, that responds to the way it's bent and twisted, at least hints at how your future phone may behave.