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New Microsoft Tech Makes Battery Changes a Breeze

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365995,00.asp

On Thursday, Microsoft announced a technology called InstaLoad, which
will allow you to insert a battery into electronic devices any way you
please.

The InstaLoad technology will be licensed on a royalty-free basis,
Microsoft said. Duracell was named as a partner for the technology, as
well as several manaufacturers of electronic devices, including
ClearSound's hearing aids, NovaTac's LED flashlights, and Black
Diamond's headlamps for mountaineering.

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People where I work are kicking themselves that we did not think of
this. It's such an obvious idea.

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After sending this info onto to a few private associates, some didn't
understand how it worked, I found this page to be a much better explanation:
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/licensing/instaloadoverview.mspx

this is brilliant, takes a bit of reading to understand how it works,
but it allows batteries to be inserted into any gear either way around.

all done in the connection contacts, no circuitry involved.

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Exactly... we use the same general 3D shape to provide battery reverse
polarity protection all the time, it's silly we never thought to do
this. So obvious once you see it!


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No I can see why people never thought to do it - it depends on the
batteries themselves having the proprietrary ends.  If you were
sat there considering a housign for a particular battery this would
not occur to you since it is not applicable.

I suspect this is actually going to incovenience people in the long
run.  Instead of spending a few seconds getting the batteries the
right way round they are goign to have to stock twice as many
batteries - existing types and the ones with the new terminals.
Most consumers have got it into their heads that the flat end of
the battery goes to the spring so it is not that big a deal.

That leads me to a final observation - just how much play is
permissable with those contacts?  A sprung contact permits fairly
wide tolerances in battery housings and still make a good connection.
Less than perfect mouldings (or simply the battery not being full
inserted) look like they could cause non-contact or worse, short
the battery.

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From a brief read, this doesn't look like proprietary ends.  It seems to
just depend on the standard geometry of normal cylindrical batteries.
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Good point.  On re-reading the article I see you're right.

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isn't this a solution to a non-problem.  How many people see the
embossed image and still get it wrong?

The cost of the royalty could be as much as a lossless rectification,
if one really cared about such a feature.


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My wife.  Despite knowing well and trying hard, still gets it
wrong at times.   Not every device has symbology that is
entirely legible, either.  A few have given me a struggle
just to find them.

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From the OP's post:  "The InstaLoad technology will be
licensed on a royalty-free basis, Microsoft said."

Jon

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I've hit the age (53) where my near-vision is going.  Seeing that
embossed image (especially when its only embossed and there's no
black-on-white or white-on-black outline) is getting more and more
difficult.  So yes, there are a bunch of us to whom that embossed image
is becoming less and less of a useful guide...

While I think this idea is pretty cool, it isn't clear to me
that, in practical terms, it's actually better than the various holder
designs that make it hard to put the batter in backwards or that won't
make contact if you do.
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Well, if I have to replace the four batteries in my digital camera in a dim
environment, I really need my reading glasses to see where the + and -
markings are. Being able to just "throw" the batteries in the hole would be
a great thing.

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If you are "replacing" batteries isn't it just simpler to remember how the
ones you have just taken out were positioned?

tim



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Not if they're inserted vertically. I'd have to feel which ones have the +
on top without glasses....

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For my canon EOS, four batteries in pairs and the second one falls over
when you take the first out. Then it is a case of reading the +/- signs.

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One would think.  But in my experience...  no.
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Right. And when you're bouncing along a bush track in the back
of a 4x4, trying to navigate on paper maps using the light of
a head-torch during a hidden-transmitter hunt, and you need to
change 3 AAA batteries in the round cartridge, you have to get
all three right and do it *now*... while juggling the torch,
the maps, the cartridge, the old batteries, the new batteries...
well, you can see why it's easier just to take a spare head-torch ;-)

But this tech would often be a help, and personally I'd pay a
little extra for it!

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Geez, I was just at the level of "which way was that again?  Aw, crap,
dig for the reading glasses...."  :)
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Not in an emergency situation for instance where you just need to replace
the batteries as fast as possible and you might be under some stress in a
less than ideal environment.
Not everyone replaces batteries whilst sitting at their desk sipping a caffe
latte :->

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And thinking, "oh, crap.  Which way was it?  Need the reading
glasses..."

There's a convenience factor there, regardless of other practical
considerations.
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Could you work it out from the flats/bumps on the flap?

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