July 22, 2014
California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices.
The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the batteries to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.
According to MIT Technology Review the company recently secured $6 million in funding from Phoenix Venture Partners and AME Cloud Ventures, the venture fund of Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang, “to further develop its proprietary chemistry and finance the batteries’ commercial launch.”
Other ideas discussed using the batteries includes in clothing, powering smart labels with sensors for tracking food and “weird parts of your body like your eyes.” Interesting.
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