The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) traces its heritage to 1871. Today its mission is to, “inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.” E&T (Engineering and Technology) is the IET’s award-winning monthly magazine and associated website for professional engineers. E&T recently published an article by Holly Cave titled, “Charging ahead: the bid for better EV batteries.” The article’s premise

The last few months of 2016, I wrote several posts about lithium-ion safety issues. This included reporting on the cost of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failure, and that it was just the latest in a series of high-profile lithium-ion battery mishaps. Previously, I had written about how Li-ion battery safety problems were the legacy of Sony’s decision to repurpose audio cassette magnetic recording tape equipment for battery production in

I’ve written several posts over the past two months about the Galaxy Note 7 battery fires that led Samsung to remove it from the market. In my prior post, I reported, from a Wall Street Journal article, that “investors have shaved off roughly $20 billion in Samsung’s market value. The company has said the recall would cost it $5 billion or more, including lost sales.” The big question now is

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.

As I noted in the previous blog post, LI-ION BATTERY MARKET: 1995–2015 Growth and Drivers, Avicenne Energy, a market research and consulting firm, publishes a comprehensive report each year, “The Worldwide Rechargeable Battery Market.” The graph shows the actual growth of Li-ion battery use for portable electronics and electric vehicles since 2000, and the projected growth through 2025. The Rechargeable Battery Market (source: Avicenne Energy) Between 2000 and 2015, the

Frost & Sullivan is a global research and consulting organization that focuses on identifying “The Next Big Things” in the industries it covers by understanding the interplay between industry convergence, mega trends, technologies and market trends. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, Implications of Mega Trends on Batteries, “Rapid advances in wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) are being mirrored by breakthrough innovations in battery technologies.” The

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

Rob Price’s March 14, 2016 Business Insider article, “Google’s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android Wear,” is crafted from his interview with David Singleton, Google’s director of Android Wear. Singleton’s ambitious vision is that, ““The smartwatch will feed you information before you ask for it, act as your ‘agent’ in the internet-connected world around you, and keep you healthy—even talking to your doctor before you

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.”