Four new video cameras from Toshiba redefine the term microminiature. The IK-M43H camera's head is 7 mm in diameter--about that of a standard No. 2 pencil. It is the length of a paper clip (42 mm) and has a lens the size of a corn kernel. Other members of this microminiature camera line are the IK-M41A, which boasts a 0.5-inch, 410,000-pixel CCD image sensor; the IK-41A, a high-resolution monochrome camera optimized for pattern recognition; and the IK-TU40A, an ice-cube-size point-of-view camera that can work with a wireless transmitter. Possible applications include: space-sensitive machine vision, medical research, and broadcast equipment. Toshiba America Information Systems: Product Code 4206
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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