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.
When it's not churning out smartphones and giant tablets and uh, giant container ships, the company also does healthy business manufacturing microprocessors. It does such a good job, in fact, that chip-making rival Qualcomm will be using Samsung's foundaries for its next big thing.
If you thought Amazon's own-branded products were a little strange - baby wipes, anyone? - then things just got a little more serious. The retailer announced this week that it's starting to sell its own ARM-based silicon chips.