Micro Innovations, a company that imports and distributes computer accessories, introduced an environmentally friendly product line that includes surge protectors, a battery-free mouse and a low-power keyboard/mouse combo. The new surge protectors are designed to trim electricity waste. According to Micro Innovations President Jesse Grindeland, up to 75 percent of a computer’s electrical consumption comes via the surge protector while the computer is off. “The only way to cut power is to unplug the appliance and who will remember to do that?” says Grindeland. The new surge protector from Micro Innovations only comes on when power is required.
The battery-free mouse receives enough electromagnetic energy from the mouse pad to power the mouse. The company also rolled out a line of accessories for laptops that conserve energy and thus extend the laptop’s battery life.
Days after a massive, distributed denial-of-service attack took down dozens of major websites around the country, ARM Holdings plc is rolling out a pair of new processor architectures aimed at shoring up IoT security.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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