Some researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a small, flexible battery that has great potential for future consumer electronics. How does it work?
The battery uses paper infused with an electrolyte and carbon nanotubes that are embedded in the paper. The carbon nanotubes form the electrodes, the paper is the separator and the electrolyte allows the current to flow.OK, well, I guess I'll just take their word on that. In any case, the battery isn't ready for the prime time, with it costing a boatload to make and not holding a charge as well as a normal battery does, but look for that to change in the future. We should see these things ready to bend their way into our hearts in the coming years. Stay tuned.