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New hexagonal battery from LG to power upcoming smartwatches

By Scorpus ยท 7 replies
Jun 30, 2015
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    LG's chemical engineering division, LG Chem, has unveiled a new hexagonal battery designed for circular smartwatches that hopes to bring better battery life to the compact devices, at least compared to currently-used rectangular cells.

    The hexagonal smartwatch battery developed by LG Chem isn't shaped like a traditional hexagon: instead it features a flat top and sides, with a bottom edge that is sculpted to fit circular smartwatches. This allows the battery to occupy more area inside a smartwatch's body while still giving enough room to fit the necessary circuitry.

    LG Chem states that these hexagonal batteries can increase battery capacity by up to 25% compared to standard rectangular smartwatch batteries, which LG predicts will give smartwatches an extra four hours of battery life. The battery LG is showing off is barely larger than a United States quarter.

    To produce a battery in a hexagonal shape, LG Chem used their "Stack & Folding" technology that produces a battery layer-by-layer, which gives the company the ability to manufacture a wide range of battery shapes.

    These hexagonal batteries will begin mass production by the end of the year. LG Chem hopes that this new battery, along with their battery strengths in other fields, will allow them to become the number one company in the small battery market.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,424   +1,709

    They better put it into smartphones, which is of much more interest to an average consumer who doesn't care about smart watches.

    unless it is one of those batteries...

  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    LOL! The picture's focus plays a trick on my brain and makes her arms look like they're 6 feet in front of her! :D
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,420   +3,389

    Can't unsee that. Thank you, kind sir.
    9Nails likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,424   +1,709

    Yeah, she looks totally detached from her hands, unless those aren't her hands to begin with.
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,758   +591

    Why not make the batteries round like the watch? Besides a cylinder is a much better use of space than a weird hexagonal shaped thing, or shaped it to fit the contour of the watch as closely as possible? Not use wasteful rectangles and junk...
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,826   +1,169

    More space efficient than stacking the battery on top of the guts. Also would allow the battery to be thicker.
  8. Lightspeed

    Lightspeed TS Enthusiast Posts: 39

    Or why not have a donut shaped battery, circular that goes inside edge of the smartwatch and have the electronic 'guts' inside of the battery. After all, we are in the new millenium, anythings possible nowawdays.

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