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.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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