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New Nikon patent for remaining battery life

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The new patent is for a new system that will track the amount of work done with the camera and based on that to calculate the remaining battery life. The current system track only the number of shots taken without taking in consideration any other power consuming feature (flash, zooming, LCD, etc).

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Patent application link

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  • johnny

    Hurray!
    That’s our precious nikondollars at work : )

  • Anonymous

    lenght of time is probably for video usage reference

  • ddovala

    Sweet! What a great feature.

  • http://nilshot.com Zach Stern

    That’s cool, but doesn’t Sony already have this with their INFOLithium?

  • odin

    That’s sad. That sort of obvious thing ought never to be patentable.
    Bugger.

  • Nikkorian

    on the one hand, it’s no big deal to actually measure the amount of current taken out of a battery. every dc meter does that. knowing this doesn’t necessarliy help though, neither does calculating the consumption, because the battery deteriorates and capacity changes therefore.

    on the other hand, with Li ion batteries it’s fairly easy to measure (don’t know how though, look at wikipedia i guess) what’s actually left in there. it’s a safe way if you need to know.

    for me, then again, i carry an extra battery anyway. so i never look at any measurement.

  • alex

    the patent is also about the technology behind it not just the actual fact that it measures battery level.

    also the fact that “The current system track only the number of shots taken without taking in consideration any other power consuming feature (flash, zooming, LCD, etc).” is really funny about the zooming part. you need a human to zoom on a dslr. it should measure burned calories instead.

  • Chuck

    Sorry Nikon, I’ve already patented arithmetic and algebra

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