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Electronics For You
September  2014   Issue Vol. 46  No. 9 

DIY: Project
Celestial Weight Calculator
Whether you are a science fiction fan, a space enthusiast or one of the millions who have watched astronauts gamboling about the moon’s surface, you may have wondered how much you would weigh on other planets in the solar system
Download source code

DIY: Project
XBee-Controlled Aircraft
This is a remote-controlled aircraft project based on Arduino and XBee modules
Download source code
Technology Focus
Robots That ‘Grow Up’
Programming devices—and robots—to do stuff is no longer exciting. The next thing on the wish list is robots that learn how to behave and do things autonomously, just like humans and animals learn as they grow up
 
eStyle Buyers’ Guide
Smartphone Cameras: It’s All About What Clicks
If you thought checking the megapixels of a smartphone’s camera is enough, think again! There’s more to it...
DIY: Circuit
Desktop LED Emergency Light
You can make an ultra-simple desktop emergency light using ‘discharged’ batteries. You know that battery cells still have considerable energy left in them even when these become ‘weak’ for most battery-powered devices
 
DIY: Circuit
Simple Interface for Digital Sound Synthesis
You can make a digital sound synthesizer, for experimentation with sound equipment or with peripheral devices, using special integrated circuits or digital-to-analogue converters (DACs)
DIY: Circuit
Tester for 555 Timer and 741 Op-amp ICs
Sometimes you do not get proper output from a circuit due to faulty ICs
 
DIY: Circuit
Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
Like most people, you probably have some discarded devices like MP3 players and cell phones lying around that use lithium-ion batteries for power supply
DIY: Tips & Technique
Surveillance Using Raspberry Pi Camera
This surveillance system detects motion of any object within its camera’s range, captures the image and stores it in Raspberry Pi
 
DIY: Tips & Technique
Web Server Setup for WordPress on Raspberry Pi
WordPress is a PHP and MySQL based open source blogging platform and content management system
DIY: Software
Face Counter Using MATLAB
This program helps count the number of persons present in a meeting hall or classroom at a time
Download source code
 
DIY: Software
Getting Started With Kinect and OpenCV
This article gives a brief introduction to Kinect sensor and explains how to install OpenCV libraries in Ubuntu operating system
DIY: Software
Running Linux on Windows
One of the many reasons to run Linux on Windows would be to get the best of both the worlds. There are several methods for running Linux on Windows. The authors recommend Linux Integration Services, which has been made available by Microsoft. Read on to learn how to use LIS
 
Technology Focus
The Robots’ Guide to World Domination
Going by the effort being put in to make robots smarter, we would be seeing ‘intelligent’ robots in no time. This article points to some latest technologies that are being developed which could take over this world
Innovation
A Combo Connectivity Chipset for IoT Applications
This award-winning ultra-low-power product integrates multiple connectivity methods and is designed in India (though the company offering it is in the USA) exclusively for Internet of Things paradigm
 
Innovation
Part 1 of 2: An Introduction to Wireless Sensor Networks
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have seen explosive growth in recent years because of their independent sensing capabilities. Study of WSNs requires knowledge of many subjects. First part of his article gives basics of the technologies used in WSNs. The next part will cover network protocols
Defence Electronics
Part 1 of 3: The Electronics Behind Big Guns
This article reveals the evolution, degree of penetration and the resultant capabilities of the present-day sophisticated canons and tanks. This part deals mainly with crew protection systems
 
Telecom Technology
FTTH and Passive Optical Networks
Depending on the termination point, fibre access networks have different configurations, such as fibre-to-the-home, fibre-to-the-premise, fibre-to-the-building, fibre-to-the-curb, or fibre-to-the-node. Let us have a look
Embedded Design
What’s New in Software Design Tools for Embedded Systems
Embedded design tools have become as important as microcontrollers for designers. These tools are getting more powerful, intuitive and flexible, allowing for new and better designs to be completed much faster
 
Viewpoint
Incentives Restricting Solar Business In India
Indian industry needs a level-playing ground to be able to meet the challenges posed by
some countries who seem to be dumping low-priced goods in the country. But should the industry keep getting incentives even when there is actually no need for them? Do such incentives help or hamper growth of the industry? Read on for the author’s eye-opening views
Renewable Energy
Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems
This article describes the different components of solar-powered irrigation systems, various specifications, different techniques used, the current scenario in India, the challenges faced by the consumers and the future scope of solar-powered irrigation systems
 
Renewable Energy
Efficiently Harnessing Solar Power With Tracking System
Solar power holds a lot of promise for countries like India that are blessed with ample sunshine most of the time. But making solar power economically viable is a challenge that many are grappling with still. Here are some suggestions
Renewable Energy
Energy Education and Research Initiatives in India
Renewable energy sector is very important for a country like India for a faster growth. Realising its important, the government of India and others working in this field have already taken some initiatives, which need to be highlighted. Here are some of them
 
EFY Plus DVD
This Month’s DVD Contents
This month’s DVD brings to you the design and simulation software from National Instruments as well as DesignSpark PCB, along with Android SDK to help you develop your own Android app. Also included are some popular resources
Test & Measurement
Today’s Changing Instrumentation World
With the acceptance of computers and modular devices, virtual instrumentation has undoubtedly been universally embraced in test and measurement areas. But there are more changes happening in this field. Let us have a look at some of them very briefly
 
Career
Instrumentation Offers Most Jobs in Marketing and Software
An instrumentation engineer slips into a variety of roles, be it designing, developing, managing, installing or marketing, and is often employed across various industries. In India, the jobs available in instrumentation are more focused on sales and marketing as well as
IT industry. Let us take a look at the scope for a career in instrumentation in India, the kind of opportunities available and the pay it offers
Career
Embedded World Offers Plethora of Jobs But With Low Starting Pay
The article discusses the tremendous career opportunities available in the embedded systems industry. It is based mostly on the advice and comments received from experts in the field
 
Industry Focus
Solar Industry Expected to Grow Fast
In spite of a few challenges, the Indian solar industry is expected to grow substantially from 2600MW to 20,000MW by 2022 with the help of government and solar manufacturers’ initiatives. We might soon see Indian cities turning into ‘solar cities’ in the near future
Interview
"Each manufacturer has its own strategy on what to test and where"
Everybody uses mobile devices, but how many of us know the secrets of testing these? Lauri Antila, vice president-marketing and business development, JOT Automation spoke to EFY about the latest in mobile testing and the role of automation. JOT Automation, founded in 1988, develops test and production solutions for smart products, components and electronics
 
eStyle First Look!
.Lava’s Music Android Smartphone
.Chromosome Desktop Launched by LG
.Windows Tablets from Croma
.Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adaptor
.Garmin Launches Fitness Band
.GizMo ByTes


Technology News
Turn your dumb TV into a smartTV
If you do not want to spend money on a new smartTV, there are ways to turn your present TV into one
 
Useful Websites
Circuit and Project Ideas
New and innovative circuit and project ideas have always excited hobbyists and experimenters. This month we introduce to you some websites that host different ideas and schematics
Industry News
Electronics Development Fund expected soon
Central government’s Electronics Manufacturing Policy proposed a fund of $1641.49 million as Electronic Development Fund to boost the domestic electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) capacity
 
New Products
Reed proximity sensor
Standex-Meder Electronics announces its MK15-501 magnetically-operated reed proximity sensor for surface-mount device (SMD) mounting
EFY Plus DVD
NI Circuit Design Suite For All Your Circuit Designing Needs
The NI Circuit Design Suite combines NI Multisim and Ultiboard software for circuit design, simulation, validation and layout platform. In this month’s DVD with EFY Plus, we present to you NI Circuit Design Suite 13.0, which can be used for 45 days for all your circuit designing needs
 
EFY Plus DVD
KTechlab: An Integrated Development Environment
Being an integrated development environment (IDE) for PIC microcontrollers and electronics, KTechlab essentially enables you to do design and simulation tasks. It is an open source software released under the terms of General Public License v2 (GNU GPL). Try out KTechlab included in this month’s EFY Plus DVD
EFY Plus DVD
DesignSpark: For All Your PCB Designing Needs
DesignSpark PCB is a schematic and layout design software. In this article we explore the capabilities of this software, highlight the new features that came in its latest version, and also shed light on DesignSpark Mechanical, which is another tool included in the DVD accompanying EFY Plus
 
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