The mad scientists at Microsoft have conjured a technology called Instaload that will allow you to put batteries into a device - in any direction. Look at the batteries in this official Microsoft image here. Madness!
The technology, announced yesterday by Microsoft, works with AA, AAA, C and D batteries. This is one of those things that seems like it should have been invented long ago. "Never again will people have to squint to see battery installation diagrams," the company boasts in the official InstaLoad press release. "The device simply works regardless if the battery is installed positive-side-up or positive-side-down."
Microsoft is seeking partners in the electronics field who will add InstaLoad to their devices.
We've checked with Microsoft about whether the technology will be incorporated into Xbox 360 controllers and will let you know if we hear anything back.
While gaming hardware technology seems to be moving toward all-internal rechargeable batteries, as seen in the DS, PSP and PS3 controllers, your standard Xbox controller still gets fed by AA batteries. Even the new slimmer Xbox comes packed with a controller that needs the things. (A rechargeable battery pack is sold separately).