Microsoft Corporation has announced a new bipolar battery technology that will allow users to insert batteries into devices without worrying which way round they go.
InstaLoad will allow existing standard cylindrical batteries to be installed without needing to check which way round their positive and negative terminals are. Batteries can be installed either way round into devices that use the new technology, as the technology incorporates positive and negative contacts at both ends.
"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,” the company said.
The company has said that the technology is available for licence to third parties, royalty-free.
Microsoft has stated that a number of companies are already lining up to use the technology, including Duracell, AE Light, Black Diamond and Clear Sounds.
The company has said that InstaLoad will support any cylindrical battery, either rechargeable or disposable, in almost all sizes.
Rusty Jeffress, corporate vice president, Specialized Devices & Applications, Microsoft said: "Microsoft is pleased to offer a royalty-free licence program to suppliers and manufacturers for this class of accessibility devices. 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."