Prototype Tablet Computers Powered by Direct Liquid Fuel Cells

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Prototype Tablet Computers Powered by Direct Liquid Fuel Cells

Editor’s Note:  The future is now.  Death surely awaits batteries as fuel cell technologies will provide a much improved “unplugged” experience for users of wireless devices.  Fuel Cell Technology has been a common subject in the news headlines for the last few months.  Much speculation has been debated as to who will produce fuel cell powered computers, and it seems that General Dynamics C4 Systems may be one of the first to hit it with the Tablet PC.  Please enjoy the following editorial from Techweb:

$1.3 Million Contract Awarded for Fuel-Cell Driven, Tablet PC
August 23, 2004 (5:13 p.m. EST)
By W. David Gardner, TechWeb News

General Dynamics C4 Systems has won an Air Force contract to develop 10 prototype tablet computers powered by direct liquid fuel cells that could be used by special operations forces to set up portable air traffic control computers.

The General Dynamics unit is functioning as a systems integrator in the contract to meld different features into prototype systems. This could have long-term commercial opportunities, said Chris Marzilli, a senior vice president and deputy general manager. The $1.3 million contract was announced Monday.

The U. S. military has been placing greater emphasis on using technologies and products that are commercially available and then integrating and developing them for military usage, Marzilli said. The systems developed for the military may then travel full circle and become commercial-available systems.

A key component of the portable system is the fuel cell technology developed by Medis Technologies. Marzilli said the fuel cell liquid can be injected into a cartridge that can be snapped into the system. He said the system’s requirements call for its components to be rugged, easy-to-use, reliable, and small. He added that the fuel cell reservoirs being developed can vary in size, although they typically are likely to be the size of a computer mouse…

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