Thermal Protection in the Metaverse

The lines of distinction between science fiction and science reality are blurring with the emergence of the Metaverse. This simulated digital world is the culmination of some of the latest trends in cutting edge technology. Extended reality (XR), artificial intelligence (AI), social media, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain are all converging to form this new sphere.

Virtual reality headset

One of the key components for users to enter the Metaverse is the headset. The headset is the vehicle used to stimulate the wearer’s senses and introduce the various realities available in the Metaverse. Extended reality or “XR” is the umbrella term for the different systems employed within the Metaverse, where augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) can also be part of the experience. The ability to power such high-end devices in ultra-thin form factors is the result of the steady evolution of the lithium-ion battery pack.

The Li-ion separator alone cannot ensure complete cell safety. That’s because the cell is constructed with materials that are flammable and degradable, whereby mechanical and electrical shocks can lead to thermal runaway. When temperatures exceed 130 °C, a cell starts to enter thermal runaway. The results can be catastrophic. Thermal runaway is a highly exothermic process that results in the venting of toxic and flammable gases greater than 1000 °C.

The Bourns® SC Series Mini-breaker used to help protect a USB-C plug

Details of how Bourns® Mini-breaker Thermal Cut-off Devices can help can be found in the following white paper:

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