The last time we reported on Canon's fuel cell technology in May, details were sketchy. But we do know that this new power source is greener than the current lithium-based juice packs used.
The folks over at Photography Bay have dug up more information regarding this patent, and it seems Canon has more up its sleeve than just being friendly to Mother Nature.
The new technology is reported to be an all-in-one power source, and any accessories attached to the camera can be powered by it. This means that external flashlights, GPS modules, and Wi-Fi transmitters can potentially all draw power from a single source in the shooter, thereby reducing the weight of the entire package significantly.
This, however, does bring up the question of how powerful the cells have to be to power everything at once and remain long-lasting at the same time.
On another note, the Japanese company may have to create a whole new format (like the Micro Four Thirds System) to accommodate the new power standard. Ideally, it should be backward-compatible, and hopefully, Canon is engineering the new products in that aspect.
(Via Crave Asia)