Internet of Things Held Back by Batteries

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The internet connects three types of entities. The first group is people, and the second computing devices they use as intermediaries. The third comprises electronic objects including vehicles, appliances, and a large crowd of gadgets we call the internet of things. Perhaps we should have called this ‘things on the internet’ but it’s too late for that now.

Battery Density on the Internet of Things

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IOT Chatter: ITU Pictures: CC 2.0

We don’t have the same recharging convenience as we do with larger portable computing devices. The majority of those on the internet of things are small and quite delicate. Hence we have to remove the batteries to recharge or replace them.

While we do so, their devices cease working. This is not the best scenario for in-body transplants, or climate-monitoring equipment capturing critical data. Network World thinks it’s time battery and thing manufacturers got their act together and collaborated better. Then consumers might get the better deal they have deserved, but not received for a very long time.

The Perfect Battery for Things on the Internet at Home

We only scraped the surface for smart home technology in 2018. Even so, we have lighting, heating, cooling, security and smart luggage communicating with wearable controllers. These all run on batteries since we could never have enough wall sockets.

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Old Versus New: Mauricio Lima: CC 2.0

Batteries powering this IOT of things need to get smarter at telling us when they need a recharge or replacement. Rechargeable ones also need to be able to manage the process themselves with wifi connectivity. Looking ahead to the end game, they also need to handle a high number of charging / discharging cycles.

And finally please, pretty please battery manufacturers use designs that are simple to dismantle, and use easily recyclable materials. Dare we say just like our lead-acid batteries, of which over 90% of materials are recovered world-wide?

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I tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will not deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time. My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned. Richard Farrell

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