Man, they said we better accentuate the positive... eliminate the negative... latch on to the affirmative....
July 7, 2010 7:56 AM Subscribe
posted by zarq (113 comments total)
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Microsoft introduces "an amazingly obvious tweak to battery tech that should save us some headaches, as well as several trillion hours of head-scratching and peering into dark holes.
" The innovation, called "Instaload
" is a simple, low-tech battery contact design that allows cylindrical batteries (disposable and rechargeable) to be inserted in either direction, so users don't have to worry about which end is positive or negative. How? It puts a set of positive and negative contacts at both ends of a battery compartment
. (From Microsoft: Press Release / Overview / Technology Brochure (pdf))
The new design can be used with AA, AAA, C, D batteries, as well as CR123, and Microsoft is already licensing the technology out to other manufacturers, including Duracell and flashlight-maker AE Light.
Idiot-proofing cracks aside (I know I've managed to put batteries in backwards many times), there is also clear benefit here for people with hearing, vision or learning disabilities. Microsoft has recognized this and is offering a royalty-free license program to suppliers and manufacturers of accessibility devices.