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Adding smart control to a greenhouse is easy with a MIAC industrial controller from MatrixTSL. Although this example project uses the Raspberry Pi® MIAC, you could also use the dsPIC® MIAC or the Arduino® MIAC to help create the perfect growing conditions for your vegetables.


The MIAC is designed to measure and control all sorts of equipment that can help you making a smart greenhouse. For the temperature and humidity you can buy a single sensor to give you the output voltage for the MIAC to switch on a light or heating element if the greenhouse is too cold – or alternatively, open the ventilation if the temperature is too high.

Arduino based Bluetooth Controlled Spy Rover

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Hari Prasaath K

Actual Image of Spy Rover DesignedIn this tutorial, a spy rover controlled through Bluetooth is designed. It is a surveillance robot which will be used to monitor and keep watch of areas not easily accessible by humans. Surveillance is the process of monitoring a situation, an area or a person. It is generally practiced in a military scenario where surveillance of borderlines and enemy territory is essential to for the country’s safety.

Human surveillance is achieved by deploying personnel near sensitive areas in order to constantly monitor changes. But humans do have their limitations, and deployment in inaccessible places is not always possible. There are also added risks of losing personnel in the event of getting caught by the enemy.

Arduino based Wall Following Robot

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Hari Prasaath K

Wall Follower Robot in ActionLike Line following robots are fun, making a wall following robot is even more exciting. A wall following robot is designed to move along a wall without hitting it. It has obstacle detection sensors mounted on the body which detects wall and drive DC motors attached to the wheels such that the robot keeps moving along the wall.

The robot can be designed right oriented or left oriented or even can be designed to follow either sides. A right or left oriented wall follower can be designed easily with the help of just two sensors. Though more sensors can be used in making such a robot which will ultimately improve the path accuracy of the robot.

Intel Showcases AI Application for Space Research at NASA FDL Event

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Neha Rastogi
Intel Showcases AI Application for Space Research at NASA FDL EventIntel hosted the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Wrap-Up Event at the Santa Clara Campus, thereby concluding an 8-week summer program. As a key partner of FDL, Intel provided support to the ongoing research that is exploring the use of AI to solve a range of challenges within the fields of space weather, space resources, and planetary defense.
 
Intel aims to address the critical knowledge gaps by using AI in order to help establish humanity as a space-faring civilization and solve problems potentially affecting all of us residing on Earth. Under the program, Intel mentored researchers who used Intel Nervanna deep learning technology to tackle the complex challenge of building detailed maps of the lunar poles. 

10 Biographies on Engineers and Physicists that will leave you Enlightened and Inspired

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Neha Rastogi

10 Biographies on Engineers and Physicists that will leave you Enlightened and InspiredAfter listing out movies for science lovers and non-fiction books that are must read for tech enthusiasts, we are going to talk about some of the most influential and must read biographies that you would like to go through. The tech-savvy and modern lifestyle that we are leading today is the result of years of exploration, research, and experimentation on the works contributed by some legendary personalities in our past. 

This blog will give you a peek into the lives of such scientists and engineers about whom you would want to read in detail through these immaculately researched, illustrated, and inspirational biographies. So, let’s have a quick look at 10 biographies of famous personalities including engineers and physicists that would leave you inspired and enlightened.

IoT based Humidity and Temperature Monitoring Rover

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Hari Prasaath K
Robots are designed to ease and automate the work of humans. They are useful to deploy at places which are not easily accessible. In this tutorial, a humidity and temperature monitoring rover based on IoT's robotic application is designed. Humidity and temperature are the most common physical environments that are needed to be monitored.
 
The four-wheel robot designed in this project can be operated in a range of 30 Metre and can withstand a temperature up to 150 degree Celsius. The robot can be controlled through a mobile phone which will have a custom app installed on it. The mobile will connect to the robot via Bluetooth.

Designing Open Loop Isolated Push-Pull Converter (Part 12/12)

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Diksha

Open Loop Push-Pull Converter Circuit on BreadboardThe Push-Pull is a DC to DC converter which uses a transformer for changing the DC power. The output voltage of push-pull converter is either less than or greater than the input supply voltage. It is one of the topologies of the Switched Mode Power Supply so it works on the principle of switching regulators. In Push-Pull converter, the current is drawn in both halves of the switching cycle contrary to other converters like Buck-Boost or Flyback converter.  This gives a more steady current at the output. 

Contrary to Linear Regulators, Push-Pull Converters use switching regulators. That is why, the voltage is not altered by heat dissipation and the law of power conservation applies to these converter circuits. According to the law of power conservation, input power must be equal to output power.

Designing Open Loop Isolated Flyback Converter (Part 11/12)

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Diksha

A Flyback Converter is like a Buck-Boost DC to DC converter which provides the output voltage either less than or greater than the input supply voltage. It is one of the topologies of the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) so it works on the principle of switching regulators.

Flyback converter is similar to Buck-Boost converter with an exception that inductor used in Flyback converter has isolated winding. Due to isolated winding, the output voltage is non-inverting in the Flyback converter. So, a positive output voltage is obtained.

DIY Nespresso Capsule Detector

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Shalini Verma

diy-nespresso-capsule-detectorCoffee is one true love for every heart that pumps their blood in hard work, want to escape the boredom from all tedious work or push the limits to meet the deadline. This tutorial by Arduino Project hub allows you to solve the puzzle arising out of diverse capsules, placed in a different jar and then have no idea which color to pick.

To resolve the confusion of finding the correct jar containing the correct capsules, the Nespresso capsule detector is introduced. The notion is rather effortless. All you need is to drop a capsule into the tube, and as soon as it’s absolutely dim, a distinct LED lights up. The RGB light sensor states the brightness concentration of each color channel - Red, Green, and Blue.

Controlling a Wireless Robot with Matlab GUI

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Hari Prasaath K

Controlling a Wireless Robot with Matlab GUIA robot can be controlled wirelessly in many different ways. The wireless control for a robotic vehicle can be implemented via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or RF. A wireless robot controlled over Bluetooth can have HC-05 Bluetooth module interfaced in its circuit by which it can pair with any other Bluetooth device.

The same way, a Wi-Fi controlled robot can have ESP8266 Wi-Fi module interfaced in its circuit to connect to a remote server via Wi-Fi hotspot or to connect to a device via Wi-Fi tethering. An RF-based wireless robot has an RF receiver interfaced in its circuit to which control commands can be passed through an RF transmitter. The RF transmitter can be part of a remote control or interfaced to a PC via a controller circuit.