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August  2016   Issue Vol. 48  No. 8 

Tech Focus
Does Your Car Have A Driver’s Licence
People are, on average, terrible drivers. How do you solve this problem? Do not let them drive or put a machine in its place?

Buyers Guide
Choosing The Right LED COB
Why is the LED lighting industry abuzz with light emitting diode chips on boards (LED COBs)? What makes these the current favourite?
Information Technology
Living With Quantum Computing
Importance of computers in the present day is well known to all. These machines have almost taken over manpower and mostly for the betterment (with the exception of creating unemployment).
Power Supply
Net-Metering In India: Way To A Secure Power Future
Power cuts in homes is not NEWS to us. If you have been living in India, it is something we have all grown up with.
Electric Brain Stimulation Needs Caution
Electric dominance of the brain working is well confirmed and established by health and neural sciences. Electric signals within the brain not only govern/control the working of the human body, but according to recent medical studies, these signals with suitable electric brain simulation techniques can be controlled to enhance the desired activities of the human body like motion, memory, health, peace and more.
IRNSS: India’s Attempt At Gaining Independence From GPS
“Indian Regional Navigation Spacecraft System (IRNSS) is the Indian navigation system that envisages the establishment of the regional navigation system using a combination of geostationary orbit (GEO) and geosynchronous orbit (GSO) spacecraft,” reads Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) website on self-reliance with an indigenous navigation system. What does this mean for the common man?
Electromagnetic Compatibility: Multi-Layer PCB Designing (Part 2 of 5)
In the first part we touched base on multi-layer PCB designing. In this part we discuss more about the same.
Defence Electronics
Directed Energy Weapons: Less-Lethal Laser Weapons (Part 5 of 8)
Under directed energy weapons, so far we have covered particle beam weapons and high-power microwaves. Let us now take a look at some less-lethal laser weapons.
MCUs And PSoCs In Electronic Toy Applications
Microcontrollers (MCUs) in current electronic toy applications are mainly used for infrared (IR) interfaces, external EEPROM interfaces, analogue inputs using external analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) and comparators, timer and clock interfaces, monitoring battery inputs, controlling front panel mechanical keypads and displaying the results on LCDs/LEDs/graphical displays.
Test & Measurement
Generating Functions For A Diverse Range Of Applications
Not so long ago, dial based function generators were in high demand. With advancing technologies, these have become outdated and now, with computer control, generating a single frequency can be redefined.
Phenomenal Electronic Design Software To Impress The Engineer In You
Distributed along Scilab, Xcos is a tool used to model and simulate hybrid dynamic systems.
A Smart Packaging Platform For Safe, Secure Delivery
Now is the age of online shopping and home delivery. In this context, we often hear stories about things not going the way they ought to.
Make In India
Market Survey: Catching The Pulse Of The LED Lighting Market
The ever-increasing need for energy conservation and efficiency is bound to boost the LED lighting industry in the country.
Communication: Today’s Concepts, Tomorrow’s Phones
As far as technology is concerned, the future is always far away. Designers never live in the present moment. If they did, we would not be having smartphones in our hands.
Buyers’ Guide: Fast, Functional And Affordable Tablets
Tablets of all sizes and prices have flooded the market. Every company is trying to bring out a tablet that will be the next big thing, and in the process there are some competitively-priced tablets available with tons of features.
Do-It-Yourself: How To Protect Your Smartphone’s Data
When we buy a new phone, we set it up with our Google account (for Android phones) and download apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Electronics DIY Tools For Hobbyists And Professionals
Use of proper tools is important for making any project properly. Here are some tools that are in common use by amateurs as well as professionals.
7×5 LED Matrix Using Arduino
Presented here is a simple 7x5 LED matrix circuit driven by Arduino Uno. It can be used to display your name or create any number of patterns.
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Arduino Based RGB Colour Code Generator
Red, green and blue (RGB) are the basic colours for generating various other colours by mixing colours in a particular proportion.
Home automation Using Android
Nowadays, people have smartphones with them all the time. So it makes sense to use these to control home appliances.
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Webcam View Illuminator
By setting up a webcam view illuminator over your laptop’s webcam your online conversations can become more enlightening.
Low-Cost Quadraphonic Amplifier
Here is a circuit for a simple but useful low-cost quadraphonic (having four channels) amplifier.
Temperature Based Fan Speed Control And Monitoring Using Arduino
This project is a standalone automatic fan speed controller that controls the speed of an electric fan according to the requirement.
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Portable Crystal Tester
Acrystal tester is an indispensable tool. Most electronics projects working with high-frequency equipment utilise crystals to generate frequency for an oscillator.
Arduino Based Programmable Digital Data Display
LCDs are widely used in applications like token-display machines in malls and supermarkets, order number displays in restaurants and café, and so on.
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Raspberry Pi As World Webcam Server
While it is not possible to always keep an eye on your home or business while you are away we can make a world webcam to watch only important incidents, with a lower-cost solution.
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Creating Game Using Python Within Ten Minutes
Have you ever wondered how video games are created? It is not as complicated as you might think.
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Jaamsim: Simulation Tool Simplifying Complex Systems
The rate at which technology is progressing today, one has to be creative, futuristic and code efficiently on the go.
OpenModelica And The Wonderful World Of Simulation
Real-life superhero Elon Musk recently speculated whether we all might be living in some kind of Wachowski siblings’ kind of matrix, without even knowing.
Xcos: Simulate Hybrid Systems Easily
A common problem facing a lot of independent designers is the choice of tools they have for their simulation needs.
The Internet of Things: Let us face it, no one likes cabling
Of all the benefits attributed to the IoT, the one that can make jobs more exciting is Integrated Building Management Systems (IBMS), which offer a wider product portfolio to integrated, intelligent building management systems. Shakti Leekha, senior general manager and head - IBMS, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, speaks with Dilin Anand of EFY
Data Analytics: Trucks use data to figure out how to apply brakes
Engineering data has become essential to business-critical systems and applications. Richard Rovner, vice president - marketing, MathWorks, speaks with Dilin Anand from EFY, about how engineering data is re-shaping the industry.
Useful Websites
Electronic Design Automation
Designing PCBs and ICs has always been challenging. To make the task easier, electronic design automation (EDA) tools are used. This month we have for you resources that will help you make the most of EDA tools.
Tech News
World’s first 1000-core processor
Scientists have unveiled the world’s first 1000-processor microchip, called KiloCore, which is capable of working through 1.78 trillion instructions every second.
Make in India: Industry News
Government approves fund for startups
The government of India wants to reverse the trend of successful startups relocating abroad to receive venture funding.
Make in India: New Products
Test & Measurement

First Look
.Clove Digital introduces GPS child locator
.Home theatre projector from BenQ
.Laptop by HP
.Zebronics launches wireless video surveillance door phone
.VR glasses by Coolpad
.HyperX launches gaming headset
.Ambrane India announces 13,000mAh power bank
.GizMo ByTes

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