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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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LG Chem, the chemicals arm of the giant LG conglomerate, has revealed a hexagonal battery for smart watches.

The idea here is simple: smart watches are round-ish. Batteries today are usually rectangular. So by building a hexagonal battery (not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly) it becomes possible to pack extra power into a wearable.

How much power? LG Chem reckons regular hexagons will give you an extra four hours a day of hot wrist action compared with rectangles.

The company'stold Korea Times it worked with a technology firm to develop the device, but the Korean paper's sources said Apple was not that firm.

That's no surprise: LG's aiming the hexagonal battery at round smartwatches, like its own “Urbane” range and Apple's not gone for round devices. But LG Chem reckons it can help anyway: the hexagonal battery will be sold to other kit-makers and the company has patents and processes to make batteries in all manner of shapes and sizes. ®

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