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Friday, October 21, 2005

#1 Phone concept: Wireless methanol

Marc Perton of Engadget describes a new phone concept as both "fuel-cell powered" and "induction-charged". Very nice, except fuel cells are recharged by topping up the methanol supply, and not with electricity. It seems this error was carried over from the original page, but writing on autopilot is as bad as making errors yourself.

Update: Fuck, Peter "You'd think he'd have better things to worry about" Rojas points out in the comments the existence of hydrogen fuel cells that regenerate fuel using hydrolysis, which obviously the author was thinking of and wasn't just throwing buzzwords around. Never mind.

2 Comments:

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Peter Rojas said...

Actually, the two technologies are not mutually exclusive -- in fact, there's an example of the technology right here in United States Patent 6803744.

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6803744.html

"A rechargeable fuel cell system may be employed with the inductive interface as the recharging device, wherein the secondary array in the powered device will, after receiving power from a source array, cause the fuel within the fuel cell to be regenerated from the oxidation "products of the fuel cell's operating reactions."

Oh, and not all fuel cells use methanol as their source of fuel. Perhaps someone needs to start a blog correcting your "corrections".

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Peter Rojas said...

Don't dish it out if you can't take it. We might have one error for every few hundred posts, but judging from the comments here you seem to make mistakes every five posts or so.

By the way, resorting to coarse insults reflects very poorly on you.

 

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