Speedy rechargers are helping in the search for truth — honest. Lafayette Instrument Co. has developed the first portable lie detector, employing Bluetooth modules so there's far less bulk to carry. Wireless data acquisition modules make testing less conspicuous to subjects and keep the weight of five modules under a pound. Those modules can be quickly recharged in case examiners want to test many people. The battery-charging system recharges up to eight Lithium-Ion batteries in just two hours. Microchip's MCP73863 manages the charging system.
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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