This seems like a great technology for any low power, long life, remote sensing/telemetry application. I didn't see any information on recycling of this type of battery. Is end of life for one of these packs another disposal challenge in the making?
I seem to remember a few years back there was talk of a sensor system that had a very low current draw and was able to power itself via vibrations from outside. Sort of like the battery-free watches that I've seen. I wonder if that technology can be combined with a system like this to recharge with motion.
I agree with Rob, especially considering there have all ready been 39 reported shark attacks this year. It is good that this information is made available not only for aquatic applications but for many other applications that require long battery life due to limited access or charging. Good post!!
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.