The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has cut across myriad industries, clearing the way for innovation on multiple levels let alone significant economic growth. New IoT deployments are happening daily with sensors, beacons, and other connected devices in smart homes, smart cities, retail, and industrial settings.
However, these connected devices have created a serious problem with their dependency on batteries. Billions of batteries get disposed of each year, contaminating the world's landfills with dangerous toxins like lead and lithium. When you couple that with the maintenance costs incurred by consumers and businesses constantly replacing dead batteries, you start to understand the unintended ecological and economic problems created by the IoT revolution.