Ever say a few choice words after installing eight batteries into a device and having to redo it because you stuck one in the wrong way? Microsoft is looking to save you from that kind of hassle with InstaLoad, a new battery technology that will allow you to install batteries without having to worry about those pesky positive and negative signs. Instaload's patented contact design doesn't require expensive circuitry or drain battery power while sitting on the shelf and will be compatible with most of the battery types you use every day: CR123, AA, AAA, C or D size.
"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," said Rusty Jeffress, corporate vice president, Specialized Devices & Applications, Microsoft. No release date was reported, but sign me up for these when Christmas comes and my kids are getting all of their new battery powered toys.