A methanol fuel cell may soon be powering your laptop computer.
“MTI Micro unveiled the latest prototype of its direct methanol fuel cell, a power supply that is about the size of a deck of playing cards and promises to let handheld computers, cell phones, and other small computing devices work away from a power outlet for about 10 times as long as they can today, according to MTI Micro Chief Executive Officer Bill Acker, who detailed the fuel cell pack in an interview.”
Toshiba and NEC are said to have laptop machines in the works — slated for 2004 delivery — that make use of the new power sources. Look for third-party vendors to have aftermarket battery-replacement units available not too long after. I’ll definitely be in line early to buy one.
And I’ve got $10 that says Apple will beat them all to the punch.