Almost anyone can build a two-stage model rocket, but Joe Peck took a giant step for rocketeers and added four second stages. Think of them as MIRVs, microcontroller-ignited rocket vehicles. Shortly after the rocket takes flight, a Microchip Technology MCU detects the absence of a pin attached to the launch platform and sequences through a firing order for the second stages as the booster rocket continues its climb. Mission Control, we have liftoff.
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 donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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