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back to article Pret-a-porter: LG boffins' bendy battery can be worn as PANTS

You can shrink them, make them skinny, or make them swallow more charges – but unless you're a Maker Faire type, you can’t actually wear a battery. Until now. Engineering and chemistry boffins working with LG Chem have devised a cable-like lithium-ion battery just a few millimetres in diameter – and flexible enough to be twisted …

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Anonymous Coward

Goodness Gracious

Fill the rest in yourselves :)

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Re: Goodness Gracious

Upvoted. Though I fear that only aficionados of early rock n' roll will get it. :)

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Childcatcher

Re: Goodness Gracious

I just had a vison of plugging my underpant into the mains!

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Mushroom

And with an aging population...

... and a greater chance of accidental incontinence, this can be lethal!

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Worn around the neck, really?

Running Man anyone?

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Anonymous Coward

Chunky-knit pants, more accurately :P

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Since it's bendy and all, why not just go ahead and build in a recharging system that uses the bending to generate power? That way with the battery around your knee it would recharge while you jog and discharge on the bog for true compute anywhere power.

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Happy

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I fear having a shit is much more fun than jogging? Sent from my bog

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And then...

The inevitable cries of, "Help! I've got a short in my shorts!"

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Liar! Liar!

Pants on.... aaaaarrrgggghhh!!!

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How well does it cope...

with an hour in the washing machine at 40C with a dollop of Fairy Non-bio and some Vanish, followed by another hour in the tumble drier on low heat? Or could it perhaps have a special short-circuit option so that it can dry itself by discharging all in one go?

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Coat

Warp core breach!

Ejecting pants in t-minus 5 minutes...4 min 59sec etc

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Anonymous Coward

Try getting it through airport security

"It's just to power my iPod shuffle... honestly"

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A pair of chinos please.

40 inch waist, 31 inch inside leg, and 100,000 mWh capacity.

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UPS

Perhaps one day we could get a UPS that was just a slightly thicker than normal power cord. A couple CM in diameter, and six feet in length would provide a pretty reasonable volume for the battery itself. I suppose lithium isn't a good choice for a UPS though.

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Maybe you could build an updated version of this into the body shell of a vehicle thus negating the need to have lumps of lead under the sub floor.Though it would need to have an extreemly long shelf life unlike the 5-10 years battery exchange rate on present vehicles.

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