Read that headline carefully, it says fuel-cell recharger, not battery. Unfortunately, this promising, refillable battery replacement technology is still far too bulky to squeeze into ultra slim portable electronics. Still, New York-based Medis Technologies was caught boasting about their sale of Microsoft-branded fuel-cell rechargers. Unfortunately, CEO Robert Lifton declined to comment on how many of their 24/7 Power Packs were purchased by Microsoft or how they would be used. The device itself, however will recharge or provide (unspecified) extended use for portable electronics -- you know, like the Zune. So don't be surprised to find this ugly duck offered as an accessory later in the year... in brown of course, perhaps with watermelon trim.

[Via Yahoo, thanks Mike]

HD DVD and Blu-ray releases on April 17th, 2007