It looks like we’re one step closer to being able to own devices with flexible screens. The folks over at NEC announced that they are developing a super-thin battery that could be incorporated into credit cards or bendable screens. These batteries are called organic radical batteries (ORB) and can be printed into circuit boards that are only 0.33mm thick. They are also flexible enough to be used in bendy screens that we’ve seen from manufacturers like Samsung in the past.
Right now, NEC has managed to come up with a prototype battery that’s about 3cm square and 0.3mm thick, which delivers 3mAh – enough to update a “small screen display” 2,000 times on a single charge. It is said to have a charge life cycle similar to that of lithium ion batteries that are used in most mobile devices right now.
No word on when we’ll see these batteries on the market but we can’t wait to have wafer-thin tech to use in our daily lives.