Microsoft intros InstaLoad battery technology, forgoes polarity

By Matthew · 17 replies
Jul 1, 2010
  1. Microsoft has announced a new battery technology called InstaLoad that lets users install batteries in any direction, without regard to polarity. "Never again will people have to squint to see battery installation diagrams - the device simply works regardless if the battery is installed positive-side-up or positive-side-down," the company said.

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    What? Talk about out of the blue,Microsoft.
  3. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Is it just me or is this a bit of a stretch for Microsoft to have been working on this? I mean sure they have involvement with many battery powered products but yeah it is out of the blue and I have to wonder if this was really the best use of their resources...Duracell or AE would have made more sense to have this tech instead of just endorsing it haha
  4. Yeah, does seem unusual for MS to work on something like this...
    Maybe this explains Vista, The Kin device LOL.
  5. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    They must have just stumbled on this technology by accident or some engineer just had a random idea. Although seemingly minor, this is still a good thing.

    GG Microsoft
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Hmmm...very interesting. I'd like to know how these batteries will perform compared to what we have right now.
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I'm curious how it exactly works, I'd love to read a white paper on it.
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    An effort to make the population that much lazier........................................................................................................................................................................... opps sorry.. forgot to pick my hand back up.
  9. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    This is interesting technically, but it seems like they just designed the technology and picked a use for it, rather than finding a problem and designing a technology to fix it. I can't think of one time the polarity of batteries has ever caused me grief.
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I have to agree, I have never really had issues looking for the + or - in my remote or flashlight :p.
  11. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Has Microsoft not figured out that the negative side is flat and goes against the spring in whatever device you are using - thus negating the need to try and read the signs? I do not think I have ever come across a device that worked differently.
  12. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    seriously, is it that hard to put in batteries in the right way? there any point to this product at all? does the batteries last longer? Can you charge them faster? ...anything?
  13. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    For people wondering if this product has any real use... this is the primary factor. I can't tell you how much trouble my 90 year old grandma has putting batteries in her hearing aids because she can't tell which side is which.

    And for the average user... this is really just an upgrade and an advancement in technology. I don't see why anyone would be complaining about it.
  14. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    I don't see a lazy factor in this, its just simpler to open the cover and dump the batteries in carefree. It can actually cause EXPLOSIONS in some devices if put in backwards, so it has safety reasons. Then again, I guess since its Microsoft people just turn negative instantly.
  15. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    @ treeski and tengeta,

    I stand and applaud you two! The reasoning you guys put in were what went through my head when I read this. Good to see someone thinking rather than just reading and talking without thinking things through.
  16. Lot of appartuses have buit-in anti reverse polarity. And if they have not they don't deserve your money and they deserve to be sued ! I've read that some granny would appreciate that kind of technology to change her electronic earbud battery. Nobody to help her ? Sons of b... !
    But here, I just see an other attempt from Microsoft to dig deeper in our wallet and rule another business that is not their... I believe that M$ desire for making big bucks is yet very crude. It will increase the cost of any (already well designed) goods. I refuse to pay for that ! And I will refuse to buy any merchandise using that technology.
  17. kyosuke

    kyosuke TS Rookie Posts: 47

    I never had a problem with +/- but sure thank Microsoft hopefully it isn't like your real products... At least you aren't blaming the +/- for your crappy products like Apple would.

    Speaking of which why/how/who decided MICROSOFT should be the company for this "revolutionary" battery? Energizer and Duracell must of, at some point, thought "hey, how can we improve 'the battery' or change it so more users would buy them"
  18. If this is true..... it will be the biggest thing since sliced bread. They will make billions on this technology.
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