Last week’s post, THE APPLE WATCH: A Roadblock to Its Future, produced a comment on LinkedIn from a reader regarding the time it’s taking to commercialize our 3D Silicon™ Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery. It read, in part, “You guys have been in business since 2007 so where is it, bring it on.” It’s a fair question, but one without a short or simple answer. So I’m going to devote several posts



In June, I posted a series of three perspectives on the future of the smartwatch. While each has a slightly different viewpoint, they all agree that the smartwatch has to untether from the smartphone to fully realize its potential and accelerate market adoption. The second post in the series, A GREAT LEAP FORWARD: Don’t Leave Home Without It, focused on the future of the Apple Watch. It noted that the



The previous post, LI-ION BATTERY MARKET: 2015 – 2025 Projections, included a graph from the Avicenne Energy report, “The Worldwide Rechargeable Battery Market.” The graph showed that Li-ion battery use for portable devices is expected to double between 2015 and 2025. An important factor will be the growth of wearable devices. IDTechEx is an analyst and consulting firm that conducts detailed examinations of emerging technologies based on extensive primary research.



A previous post, Li-ion Battery Disadvantages, examines how the original magnetic recording tape production paradigm for the Li-ion battery has created performance limitations and safety issues. In contrast to the “jelly roll” structure of a conventional Li-ion battery, derived from magnetic recording tape production techniques, Enovix uses 3D cell architecture (see illustration below). Cross-section of Enovix 3D cell architecture (source: Enovix Corporation) The Enovix 3D cell is inherently rectangular. This



In a previous post, Li-ion Battery Production, I reported how Sony decided to produce the initial Li-ion battery in the same manner as magnetic audio tape. This was because Sony had a surplus of magnetic tape production equipment and technicians, due to the shift in the market for recorded music from audio cassettes to compact disks. The production method helped deliver a significant initial improvement in performance over the nickel-cadmium



One of my favorite PBS series (by way of BBC) is Connections, written and presented by James Burke in 1979. Connections explores an “Alternate View of Change,” the subtitle of the series. Rather than a linear path guided by logic and the scientific method, technological progress is often the result of interconnected events driven by other individual or group motivations (e.g., profit, convenience, curiosity). The series illustrates how the interplay



Steve LeVine is the Washington, DC correspondent for Quartz. He writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics. In 2015, he published “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World,” about the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries. He closely follows and reports on advanced battery development, especially for electric vehicles. Last week Steve published an online article, “We are racing towards an electric-car future. Can battery



Mark Sullivan’s March 10, 2016 Fast Company article, “Apple Watch 2: How the World’s Best Smartwatch Might Makes Its Great Leap Forward,” takes a stab at answering two questions: How will the Apple Watch 2 be better than the first Watch? What will Apple add to the device to make it more useful and necessary to more people? First, Apple is expected to address shortcomings of its initial smartwatch, which



I recently attended a Gartner webinar and read articles in Business Insider and Fast Company that contemplate the future of the smartwatch. While each presents a slightly different perspective, they all agree that the smartwatch has to untether from the smartphone to fully realize its potential and accelerate market adoption. The Gartner webinar, presented on March 15, 2016, is titled “Wearables at the Peak of Inflated Expectations: Myths and Realities.”