Toshiba continues to tease us with its prototype liquid fuel cell
-powered gadgets: last year it was a Gigabeat
media player, and at this year's CEATEC
you can check out a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC
) that's been crammed inside a cell phone, lending it a robust six hours of talk time (compared to the paltry three or four hours of a traditional battery). Toshiba won't reveal the capacity of the DMFC, but they have said that a 50ml cartridge is good for about 15 refills. No release date yet, but the phone "might" be available "as early as next year." In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a woman holding a flip phone with "DMFC" clearly visible on the display.