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Electronics For You
December  2014   Issue Vol. 46  No. 12 

Technology Focus
Home Lighting’s Tech Makeover
Beyond large-scale and specialised smart lighting implementations for achieving the right ambience and energy savings lies a market that captures the hearts of home owners

Buyers’ Guide
Soldering/De-soldering Stations With a Pool of New Features
The growth of the printed circuit board assembly industry has increased the demand
for soldering and de-soldering equipment, but selecting the right soldering station is
still a concern
DIY: Project
PLL FM Transmitter
This is a circuit that offers a challenge to electronics enthusiasts and hobbyists—an FM transmitter that uses readily available components and covers the FM broadcast band in 100kHz steps
DIY: Project
Long Delay Timer with Real-Time Clock Display
Often we forget to switch-off the water pump on time and it results in overflow of water from the overhead tank
Download source code
DIY: Circuit
Effortless Hall Lights Controller
An assembly hall in an educational institution or industrial shed has multiple light fixtures for lighting purposes
DIY: Circuit
Simple Adjustable Staircase Waveform Generator
Staircase signals find many applications in the field of electronics, such as in television systems, telemetry, and analogue and digital communications
DIY: Circuit
Automatic Evening Lamp
Presented here is a solution for switching off outdoor lamps even when you are not at home
DIY: Circuit
Door-Knock or Vibration Alarm
This is a simple circuit that activates an alarm when there is a knock on the door or there are any vibrations due to movement of heavy goods or furniture
DIY: Tips & Technique
20 Must-Know Tips to Help You in Google Search
Google is a household name all over the world. Let us look at ways that will make our Google experience better and smoother
DIY: Tips & Technique
Arduino as AVR Programmer
For my project I need two Arduino boards, but I have only one Arduino Mega 2560 board
Download source code
DIY: Software
Real-Time Face Detection Using MATLAB
Object detection and tracking are important in many computer vision applications, including activity recognition, automotive safety and surveillance
Download source code
DIY: Software
GUI Based Voice Identification Using MATLAB
This voice identification system requires a login password and database of voice samples in your system
Download source code
eStyle Buyers’ Guide
No More Drained Batteries With The Right Portable Charger
Although not very old, portable chargers have grabbed attention really fast. It is a perfect accessory, whether you are a professional on-the-go or an entertainment freak. But choosing the right one for you, out of the many options available in the market, can be quite a task
Five High-End Tablets Available in India
Planning to purchase a tablet PC? Look no further! There are tablet PCs available in almost all price segments in India. Even though a number of options are available below Rs. 20,000, the premium range of tablets is above this price
Interesting Facts
Some interesting incidents, memorable events and little-known facts from the lives of scientists...
Exploding Electronic Devices
Life without electronic devices, like mobile phones, computers, laptops, tablets and video games, has become unimaginable, and now the use of electronics is expanding to several other fields, namely, automobiles, space and under-water vehicles. We have been hearing about incidents involving electronic devices encountering blasts. Let us discuss the various types of explosions, their causes and precautions
How to Reduce Mobile Phone Tower Radiation
Enormous installation of mobile phone towers in thickly-populated areas of many cities throughout the world has raised health concerns due to the existence of high-level electromagnetic radiation in the vicinity of these towers. Let us learn the techniques to reduce these radiations
Technology Focus
Technological Advancements in LEDs and ZigBee are Making Lighting Smart
Smart lighting is an interesting way to get started with automating your home, office or factory. It gives you immense flexibility and control, and provides great savings too, although there are some security concerns that need to be addressed. Let us take a look at how wireless technologies and advancements in LEDs are boosting smart lighting applications
Test & Measurement
Portability and Low-Power-Drive Power Analysis
Power is not limited to the simple equation of voltage multiplied by current. From calculating the efficiency of a home appliance to determining the range of a cell tower, power measurement has a major role to play in today’s systems. This article takes you through, very briefly, the latest trends in power analysers, power meters and power supplies
Embedded Design
Much Research and Development Happening in Power Sector
The power management and reduction segment of component industry is looking out for new technologies to satisfy the tremendously growing demands for lightweight, small devices that run forever. Let us take a look at what’s new and trending
Internet of Things
Contiki OS Connecting Microcontrollers to IoT
As the Internet of Things becomes more of a reality, Contiki, an open source OS, allows DIY-enthusiasts to experiment with connecting tiny, low-cost, low-power microcontrollers to the Internet
SafeDrive: An Automatic Accident Management System
India is ranked second in the world for estimated road traffic deaths per year, according to WHO’s global status report on road safety published in 2013. With such scary statistics, the need for an automatic accident management system is easy to sell
This Month’s DVD Contents
This month’s DVD is a compilation of different tools starting from integrated development for Intel Galileo to circuit compilers like MikroElectronika, along with simulators like quite universal circuit simulator (Qucs). Also, enjoy the rhythm platform through Performous
Emerging Business Opportunities for Indian MSMEs in Electronic System Design and Manufacturing Sector
The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in the economic growth of a nation due to their contribution to production, exports and employment. An impetus to the MSME sector would create a multiplier effect on the country’s overall economic growth
Lighting Industry Will Offer More Core Jobs for Engineers by 2020
Lighting, and especially LED lighting, has already captured a huge market and will be one of the most sought-after sectors for business and jobs in the years to come. There will be a lot more core jobs than the ones available today, once manufacturing in India gets a boost. At present, the number of jobs on the sales and managerial side is higher than technical jobs
Industry Focus
Government Policies and Street-Lighting Boost Demand for LED Lighting
The Indian market for LED lighting has demonstrated a steady growth in last couple of years. Street-lighting, and industrial and commercial applications are propelling the market in India today. Government’s support to green technologies, too, has encouraged the adoption of LED lighting in India. In this report, we look at the LED industry in depth
"Every end-market is progressing toward power systems in a package"
We have heard of software and hardware techniques for reducing power consumption. K.N. Kim, regional vice president, Fairchild Semiconductor, speaks with Dilin Anand about how 3D motion capture technology and power systems in a package can help save energy. Founded in 1957, Fairchild is considered to be the seminal semiconductor company—their first product was the world’s first commercially-viable integrated circuit
"FACTS has been recognised as one of the key technologies of the decade that will shape the future"
India is doing very well with hydro power generation and moving in the right direction for other sources, including wind and solar. However, to meet the increasing consumer demands, the road ahead is still too long, feels Dr Fahd Hashiesh, fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology and technology manager, ABB Ltd, UK, as he talks with Abhishek Mutha of EFY. He also throws light on upcoming technologies and the challenges that need to be tackled in the renewable space
The Future of Wireless Charging and Long-lasting Batteries
Although both solar/kinetic power and wireless charging fall under the ‘portable power’ umbrella, the two should not be conflated. Solar, kinetic and other non-battery topics fall under the umbrella commonly referred to as alternative (i.e., non-electrochemical battery) portable power. Under this umbrella, we have solar, kinetic, fuel cells, RF power harvesting and others. Stu Lipoff, IEEE fellow, discusses with Sustainabilityzero, India, the future of wireless charging and long-lasting batteries
eStyle First Look!
.Videocon Launches Flagship Infinium Graphite Smartphone
.HTC Launches RE Camera
.Google Nexus 9 Launched in India
.iBall Unveils Slide Tablet WQ149
.Microsoft Fitness-Tracking Band Launched
.GizMo ByTes

Useful Websites
Experimenting has always been fun. This month we have some websites that will help you try your hands on different do-it-yourself projects
Industry News
India signs deal for establishing MSME technology centres
India has signed a US$ 200 million loan agreement with World Bank to help small enterprises enhance their productivity by financing the set-up of technology centres
New Products
Microprocessor board
Renesas has developed the world’s first ARM Cortex-A9 processor based mbed microprocessor board, which will enable quicker development of high-performance, high-functionality embedded systems for designers of interconnected devices
Technology News
Microsoft India to provide free Internet using ‘white space’
Microsoft India has plans to provide free last-mile Internet connectivity across India
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator: A Free Mixed Signal Electronic Circuit Simulator
Being a free electronic circuit simulator, this is an efficient tool for an electronics engineer to simulate analogue and digital systems as well as analyse their system behaviour. Try it out in this month’s EFY Plus DVD
Create Hierarchical Designs Easily With SmartSim
Demonstrate the gate-level digital logic and build-up larger designs with SmartSim. SmartSim is available for Windows and Linux, on the DVD accompanying this month’s issue of EFY Plus
QP Frameworks and QM Modeling Tool
In this article, we explore quantum platform (QP) frameworks and modelling tool. The framework can be used to produce highly-responsive and modular-embedded system applications. Design and implementation of real-time embedded software is so easy with the help of the QP modelling- and code-generation tool
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