Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A powerful interface


Less than 12 hours after I gave up finding any interesting interface news on the Web, this pops up in my mail box: the USB AA NiMH rechargeable battery. Whoda thunk it?

I had to send off an email to Jim Pappas at Intel right away to make sure one of the Daddys of USB saw this great grandchild. Jim's response: "I can guarantee that this was not one of the original usage models that we discussed!"

OK, it does take a whopping five hours to charge and costs more than US$20 a pair, but the idea is cool and hopefully the specs will improve over time.

There are AAA, 9V and cellphone versions on the way. Hats off to the innovative inventor, Moixa Energy Ltd. --rbm

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