Portable navigation devices are letting users program alerts to prevent speeding tickets or highlight spots they may want to stop, displaying that information on larger screens. Garmin PNDs and handheld GPS receivers like the nüvi 200W now have sunlight readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display on units that measure less than an inch thick. The 200W also has enough memory to store points of interest that are useful beyond helping drivers find their destination. Fast drivers can set proximity alerts that warn them to slow down when they're nearing school zones and roads monitored by safety cameras. The 6-oz unit uses the STMicroelectronics Teseo GPS engine to quickly power up and provide accuracy down to two yards.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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