Microsoft’s New Polar-Agnostic Battery

Microsoft’s New Polar-Agnostic Battery


According to a recent report in InformationWeek, Microsoft has introduced a new battery technology that, according to the company, “will be a boon to those easily flustered by the process of trying to correctly insert power cells into electronic devices such as digital cameras, tape recorders, and television remotes.”

The company's new InstaLoad technology “allows users to easily install a battery without regard to positive and negativity polarity,” the company added in a released statement.

Microsoft said the technology is compatible with CR123, AA, AAA, C, and D batteries and added that battery manufacturer Duracell has already endorsed the system.

“Never again will people have to squint to see battery diagrams—the device simply works regardless if the battery is installed positive-side-up or positive-side-down,” said Microsoft, which has obtained a patent on the technology.
Microsoft said the key to InstaLoad is specially designed battery contacts that are essentially agnostic when it comes to connecting with either the positive or negative end of a battery. It's planning to license the technology to third-party vendors and said InstaLoad can easily be swapped in for conventional battery contacts.

Microsoft said it plans to offer the technology on a royalty-free basis to manufacturers of devices designed to meet the needs of such individuals.

“We believe the InstaLoad feature can make a difference in the lives of those people who need and use these products on a daily basis,” said Rusty Jeffress, Microsoft's corporate VP for Specialized Devices & Applications.