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    Toshiba says fuel cell gadgets coming in months
    Toshiba says fuel cell gadgets coming in months
    October 7, 2008, 3:30 pm by James Holland 3 comments
    Filed under Eco Tags: Battery, fuel cell, Mobile, Toshiba

    Toshiba’s fuel cell conceptForget charging batteries, or even whipping out a solar panel. Toshiba says its first fuel cell powered gadgets will be launched in just a few short months!

    The company says its direct methanol fuel cell will hit shelves before March 31 2009. There’s no word on which gadget it’ll turn up in first, but the firm showed off a mobile phone powered by the technology in Japan last week, and we’ve seen MP3 players packing it too.

    It should mean much more power, for a longer period of time, with the fuel cell giving off a small amount of water vapor and carbon dioxide as it cranks away, generating power on the go.

    Re-charging fuel cell gadgets is also much faster than using gadgets, since the cell can simply be swapped for a new one.

    As well as shoving fuel cells inside brand new gadgets, Toshiba’s working on re-chargers for existing kit, using a fuel cell to generate power for whatever’s plugged in.

    Keep it here for news of the first products as soon as they’re available.

    Remind me not to put this new one in my pocket ... just in case!


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      Doesn't that pic kind of give the impression of feeding a baby with a bottle?

      Fuel cell notebook computers would be great.


        what a terrific idea. i'm very curious to see more detail on how the water vapor is exhausted. condensation due to ambient temps/humidity, particularly.
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