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Electronics For You
August  2015   Issue Vol. 47  No. 8 

Tech Focus
Would You Like Some ‘Smarts’ in Your Home?
An automated stacking car lift packs your car into a garage, while you proceed to enter Kensington House at 16 South End, London W8

Buyers’ Guide
Latest MCU Development Boards Make Prototyping Easier
“Embedded design prototyping has never been so easy before,” exclaims Darshan Virupaksha, systems engineer, Altiux Innovations, and co-organiser, IoTBLR
Futuristic
Bionic Lenses Adding Capabilities to Human Vision
Bionic means utilising electrical and mechanical devices for assisting human beings
 
Video
The Future of High Resolution
Today’s viewers watch a variety of different video content on a number of devices
Tech Focus
Would You Feel at Home in a Smarthome?
Like smartphones, smarthomes will also simply creep into your life. When you buy appliances a few years down the line, you will find that they do not make these dumb any more
 
Innovation
More Power to Your Phone With XS Powercard
With smartphones getting smarter, their battery consumption is also increasing
Test & Measurement
Developments in Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes Accelerate Embedded Design Development
Engineers, especially those working on embedded designs, bank on mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) right from the prototype stage to product testing
 
Chips
FPGAs for The Internet of Things
Billions of devices are expected to be connected wirelessly by 2020. In this emerging era of connected devices, machines need not only be secure but also need to be secure at device, design and system levels
Embedded
Engineers Need Tools That Solve More Than Just Immediate Hardware Problems
Changing trends have brought us to the age where development tools like electronic design automation (EDA) solve more than just immediate hardware problems
 
Mobiles
Operating Systems for Mobiles
An operating system (OS) is a collection of programs that control the application software that users run and provide a link between the hardware and software currently running on the computer
Interview
Surveillance and Access Control:
What is finally happening is adaptive streaming of surveillance video

Wireless connectivity and real-time communication have given video surveillance and access-control systems an intelligent edge. Let us take a look at what is cutting-edge in security systems. Kaushal Kadakia, product manager, video surveillance solutions, Matrix ComSec, speaks with Dilin Anand from EFY
 
Interview
Power System Design:
Whiteboard... would give them time to work on multiple projects

Power system design advancements have provided power engineers with many tools and technologies. Let us take a look at what some of these are. Phil Davies, global marketing and sales VP, Vicor Corp., speaks with Atul Goel and Dilin Anand from EFY
EFY Plus DVD
This Month’s DVD Contents
This month’s DVD contains various emulators, simulators and a selection of utilities that aid the electronics design and simulation process
 
Make in India
Market Survey: An Outlook for the PCB Industry in 2015-16: The Indian Perspective
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the backbone of the electronics industry
eStyle
DIY: Eight Things You Did Not Know You Could Do with an iPhone Camera
Apple fans love iPhone and its camera, which has come to become the first choice for professional photographers, too
 
eStyle
Buyers’ Guide: How to Buy the Best DSLR Camera
Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are increasingly gaining popularity these days
Useful Websites
Do-It-Yourself
Trying out different experiments has always been fun and satisfying for a hobbyist. This month we have listed out some websites that could help you try your hands on different do-it-yourself (DIY) projects
 
Tech News
Chinese university unveils mind-controlled car
A mind-controlled car that would do away with the use of steering wheel or accelerator has been unveiled in China
Make in India: Industry News
Tax structure, lack of incentives impact electronics manufacturing
Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) has released a statement that the inverted duty structure and lack of incentives are impacting the manufacturing of consumer electronics
 
Make in India: New Products
COMPONENTS

First Look
.LG launches G4 smartphon
.Intex launches full-HD LED TV
.Zebronics unveils Iron Head headphones
.Splendo PC stick from iBall, Microsoft
.LED light from Xiaomi
.GizMo ByTes


 
EFY Plus DVD
FreeRTOS: A Real-Time Operating System
Embedded systems have real-time requirements that need to be fulfilled in a given amount of time
EFY Plus DVD
G’MIC: A Pleasant Image-Processing Framework
In the last issue of EFY Plus, we discussed CImg library for image processing
 
EFY Plus DVD
Meep for Electromagnetic Simulations
This article focuses on the MIT electromagnetic equation propagation (Meep) software developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for modelling electromagnetic (EM) systems
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Basic Guide to Radio-Controlled Boat Modelling
Whether you crave action or relaxation, you will relish radio-controlled (RC) boating because there is nothing quite as comforting as gliding your own RC boat across a pond
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Arduino Based Audio VU Meter
Presented here is an Arduino based audio volume unit (VU) meter that uses a liquid crystal display (LCD). A VU meter or standard volume indicator (SVI) is a device that displays a representation of signal level in audio equipment
Download source code
DO-IT-YOURSELF
AVR Based Programmable Object Counter
Object counters are used for applications like counting the number of visitors at super markets and other public places, the number of objects passing through a particular area or into a tray or container in manufacturing industries, the number of tablets filled in a bottle or a wrapper in the pharmaceutical industry and counting and limiting the number of people entering elevators or halls, among others
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Device for Maintaining Car Batteries
When we do not drive our cars for extended periods of time, the abandoned rechargeable batteries become fully discharged
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Door-Opening Alarm Using Hall Sensor
This simple door-opening alarm uses a hall sensor to produce sound when someone opens the door
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Solar-Powered Kennel Light
Here is the circuit of a solar-powered kennel light
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Motion Detector Using NE555 Timer
This circuit is based on a passive infrared (PIR) sensor, which automatically switches on a device when someone comes close to it
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Design and Analysis of A Single-Stage Transistor Amplifier Using C++
To design a transistor based audio amplifier, many formulae are required to calculate the various parameters such as values of resistors, coupling capacitor, bypass capacitor, power consumption, current flowing through different components and others
Download source code
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Controlling a Stepper Motor Using a Rotary Encoder
Presented here is a project to control a stepper motor using an incremental rotary encoder. It consists of a Raspberry Pi (Raspi) board, 5-pin rotary encoder, 5V stepper motor and an L293D motor driver
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Simulation of 7-Segment Display Using LabVIEW
A digital decoder IC is a device that converts one digital format into another, and one of the most commonly-used device for doing this is the binary-coded decimal (BCD) to 7-segment display decoder
Download source code
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