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New GSM/GPRS Projects on PIC and Arduino

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Designing a Power Bank

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Ayush Jain

Designing a Power BankAs the popularity and use of smartphones and tablets have grown, the demand for portable and hands on power supplies have also increased. The smartphone and tablets come with a battery which gets discharged in 4 to 5 hours of use. As a solution to this problem, power banks have been introduced in the market for the frequent users.

These power banks also come to resort when the user is on a long journey and has no facility to charge up his phone or tablet. A power bank is basically a portable device which can supply power to the gadgets like smartphones and tablets through the USB port. Power bank itself can be charged by USB port and stores charge which later can be used to power up other devices.

Reverse Battery Protection Circuit

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Ayush Jain

The 21st century belongs to portable devices that are run by batteries. From smartphones and laptops to smart home and office appliances, the new electronics devices are compact in size, more power efficient, loaded with multiple features and run on supply provided by batteries. These electronic devices usually have components like diodes, transistors, capacitors or ICs having such components embedded in them which are polarized in nature.

So the electronics circuit of these devices essentially must be provided DC power is a specific polarity. Any battery has two terminals - Anode and Cathode and current always flows from anode to cathode. Actually, the electrons flow from cathode to anode.

Arduino based Automatic School Bell System

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Pawan Kumar
Arduino based Automatic School Bell SystemIn any school, the classes are organized in periods and beginning of a period or break is alerted to the students and teachers by ringing the school bell. Conventionally, the school bell is rang by a peon or multi-tasking assistant. What if there would be a microcontroller based automatic school bell which rings itself according to a fed timetable. This project is the implementation of same functionality.
 
The project is an Arduino Mega based automatic bell system which can be configured for every class of the school. It is assumed that the school has five periods organized in a day for different subjects and have two breaks in between. The first break occurs after two periods and the next break occurs after the next two periods. After the fifth period, the school is over. The project allows to set duration for each period and assign subject from a list of subjects to each period. The user can set the time-table for six days of the week from Monday to Saturday. The user can also set the duration of both the periods.

Internet based Home Automation System

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Pawan Kumar
Internet based Home Automation SystemHome Automation is the new trend among urban households. Home automation system allows controlling home appliances through a remote. The remote can be an IR remote, RF remote or even a mobile phone. An internet based home automation system could be most accessible setup because such a system can be controlled from anywhere and anytime.
 
Like, one is returning home and before leaving office and getting into the car, he can switch on the AC of his living room so that by the time he reaches home, the living room is already cooled. Such an advantage can be availed only on a home automation which is controlled over the internet.

China Unwraps World’s first Driverless Rail Transit System with Autonomous Technology

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Neha Rastogi
Today we are living in a world where everything has become automatic while manual efforts have become minimal. Autonomous vehicle technology is one such concept which is currently being explored to its core. Recently, a Rail transit firm in China named CRRC has introduced a train that runs on the road instead of rails. 
 
This is the world’s first train that doesn’t need rails to travel; rather it uses virtual dotted lines on the road for transit. The technology has been termed as ART i.e. Autonomous Rail Transit while the vehicle has been labeled as a “Smart Bus” by CRRC. It’s a 30-meter long bus which is operated electrically and is fitted with sensors that follow the virtual rails on the road while adapting to the surroundings and situations in real time.

Mobile App Controlled Robot

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Pawan Kumar

Mobile App Controlled RobotAny machine programmable by a computer and capable of performing defined tasks is called a robot. There are many types of robots and robotic cars are one among them. The robotic cars are generally used to reach out to places where it may be dangerous for humans to reach or stay due to physical or environmental conditions.

The robotic cars may be used for surveillance or for performing some mechanical tasks in a remote location. The robotic cars make the most sense when they are controlled by some wireless technology. In this project, a robotic car is designed to sense ambient temperature, humidity, light intensity and detect obstacles in the path. The robot is controlled by a mobile app which connects with the robot through Bluetooth.

Arduino Based Alcohol Detector

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Venugopal M
Alcohol detectors are commonly required by the law enforcement. The police need to catch and check people who drive after taking alcohol. Driving after taking alcohol can result in serious accidents. People who drive after consuming alcohol not only risk their own life but also of others. That is why police need to remain alerted and verify any person who they found suspicious of driving after drinking. For the verification, they use an instrument called alcohol detector.
 
This project is aimed at building a similar device which will detect the consumption of alcohol by a suspect and display a digital reading indicating the level of alcoholic consumption. The device will also have a dial which will rotate and an LED indicator which glows to indicate a dangerous level of consumption by a suspect.

How to turn an old Hard Drive into DIY Speakers?

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Neha Rastogi
It’s always fun to work on an electronic project especially when it lets you recycle old objects that are otherwise thrown into the trash. Afrotechmods is a website run by an electrical engineer nicknamed as Afroman who publishes a bunch of interesting experiments with electronics through videos. His areas of interest include power electronics, robotics, and mixed signal design. 
 
In one of his videos, Afroman has described an interesting use of hard drive in the form of a DIY speaker. The project has been demonstrated clearly with the help of a video and doesn’t require any software installation. In order to build the speaker, all you need is a hard drive and some easily accessible tools like hex wrench, a multimeter, couple of thin wires, soldering iron, and an amplified audio source.

STMicroelectronics Introduces Next-Generation Bluetooth Low Energy Chip to Boost Connected Smart Things

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Neha Rastogi

STMicroelectronics Introduces Next-Generation Bluetooth Low Energy Chip to Boost Connected Smart ThingsSTMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronic applications, has introduced the new-generation Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) System-on-Chip. It is aimed at accelerating the spread of connected smart objects throughout homes, shopping areas, industry, gaming, personal healthcare, and infrastructure. 

The new technology enables users to connect their own devices with any BLE-enabled objects. In addition, service providers can also connect assets to the Cloud for service delivery and data collection. ST believes that there are noteworthy opportunities for BLE-connected applications that are simple, functionally-focused, and can be operated on a button cell for a long time.