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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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