Fujitsu triples fuel cell density
Engineers at Fujitsu say that they have made a breakthough in their fuel cell development that allows a fuel cell to deliver over three times the energy-density of previous cells. This is accomplished by raising the concentration of methanol in the fuel solution from 30% to over 99%, a move that was previously impossible due to difficulties in preventing the methanol from crossing the membrane barrier and being wasted. The prototype device is reportedly able to generate 9 watts of energy. Don’t look for it in a handheld any time soon–it’s 5.9 inches long, by 2.2 inches wide, by 0.75 inches thick. But similar devices could end up being used as portable charging stations, able to deliver several full battery charges on a single dose of methanol.
Extra-small Tablet PC by Motion Computing
Small tablet or large handheld? More the former, really, but Motion Computing’s LS800 is closer to the line than most others. While it’s more than twice as long and wide as an average handheld, it’s just 0.87 inches thick, undercutting other tablet designs, and Amongst its features are a 1.2 GHz Pentium M processor, standard 802.11a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a hard drive up to 60 GB.
Qool Labs to introduce PocketPC phone
Qool Labs, a Singapore-based company specializing in digital lifestyle and consumer entertainment products, is planning to launch a PocketPC based phone unit later this year. The QDA-PocketPC will feature tri-band GSM/GPRS, a Mini-SD card slot, and Bluetooth, with a later version offering WiFi as well. Previously, Qool Labs released a Palm OS based device called the QDA-700. There’s no indication whether or not the company will try to bring the QDA-PPC to the U.S. or Europe, but chances are relatively low.