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Electronics For You
September  2019   Issue Vol. 51  No. 9 

MARKET SURVEY
Consumer Electronics Market: The Indian Outlook
The Indian appliance and consumer electronics (ACE) market is largely driven by consumers’ desire for the next big thing and constant innovation, which results in new devices and technologies that improve their lives and enable them to do things that were not possible before

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Tech News: Technology Updates
• Electronic chip mimics the brain to make memories in a flash
• Clothing that lets users turn on electronics
while turning away bacteria
• Artificial intelligence bike that self-balances, avoids obstacles and responds to voice commands
SMART WORLD
Smart Power Solutions for Smart Cities
Sustainable generation of electricity is usually done using available renewable options such as solar rooftops, wind and biomass
 
SMART WORLD
The Power of Thermal Cameras
As the number of people using thermal cameras grows and competition rises with time, the thermal imaging market can become one of the major contributors to developing smarter and safer cities
SMART WORLD
“BlueLink provides safety features...” — Puneet Anand, senior general manager (marketing) and group head at Hyundai Motor India Ltd
BlueLink is an innovative telematics technology that combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package. Puneet Anand, senior general manager (marketing) and group head at Hyundai Motor India Ltd, discusses the technology, its features, connectivity options and its role in connected cars with Deepshikha Shukla
 
NETWORKING
The Necessity and Benefits of Network Configuration and Change Management
As we forge ahead in a world with exploding growth in devices, network configuration and change management (NCCM) becomes crucial for ensuring uptime and integrity of networks
INTERNET
Communication and Internet Technology: Mobile IP with IPv6 (Part 6 of 6)
Mobile IPv6 is a protocol developed as a sub-set of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to support mobile connections. It allows mobile devices to move from one network to another and still maintain existing connections
 
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Ten AI Trends Revolutionising Consumer Electronics
The consumer electronics industry is constantly evolving and growing at a fast pace. It has seen a number of new products and developments in recent years, which has led to aggressive investment and innovation. Presented in this article is a roundup of the latest AI trends in the consumer electronics industry
TECH FOCUS
Technology Trends Transforming Media and Entertainment Industry
With consumers increasingly becoming multi-device, multi-platform users, brands must know exactly where their target audience spends their time and why. New channels and devices are becoming central to the entertainment habits of consumers, but traditional channels like broadcast TVs still play a crucial role in an effective end-to-end marketing strategy
 
TEST & MEASUREMENT
Latest Trends in the Consumer Electronics Testing Scenario
Automation of electronics testing will help manufacturers save significantly in terms of costs and manpower. This will bring about a digital transformation in the electronics appliance testing segment
INTERVIEW
“AI has the potential to effectively accompany human decision-making capacities”—Sachin Dev Duggal, founder and chief executive officer, Engineer.ai
Everyone should be able to build their ideas without needing to code, and it should be possible to convert any idea into reality without wasting time, money or resources. Sachin Dev Duggal, founder and chief executive officer, Engineer.ai, discusses how artificial intelligence (AI)-based design platforms can help develop solutions without having programming excellence, in an interaction with Deepshikha Shukla
 
INTERVIEW
“One of the best places to be right now is the electronics industry”—Willis Langford, HR director, Avnet
Most electronics engineers give up on core electronics jobs because they have no idea about the skillsets required, or key factors that a company looks for. Willis Langford, HR director, Avnet, tackles these issues by sharing his views on the hiring trends in Avnet and the electronics industry today, in an interaction with Ankita KS
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Design Your Own Low-Cost IoT Robot
There are many types of robots, from simple toy cars to advanced industrial robots. The Wi-Fi-controlled robot described here uses NodeMCU and Blynk app. It can be controlled wirelessly using any Wi-Fi enabled Android smartphone.
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Monitor Light Level in Underground Mines and Caves
This circuit monitors light in surrounding areas at all times, displays light level on the LCD and sounds an alarm when light level becomes low. Such systems are being developed and used in such applications as healthcare, defence, mining, robotics and so on
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DO-IT-YOURSELF
Design Your Own Portable Spectrum Analyser
This low-cost portable spectrum analyser can be used to analyse the frequency content of input signals up to 5kHz. Frequency spectrum of an input signal possesses vital information, and the same has been employed for various applications ranging from engineering to biomedical, such as speech recognition, electrocardiogram (ECG) signal analysis, fault diagnosis of induction motors, music analysis and so on
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Make Your Own Portable Rain and Steam Detector
This is a simple portable rain and steam detector in one circuit. It is compact in size, runs on 9V battery and is easy to assemble
STARTUP ZONE
Augmented Audio: The Next Big Thing in Cinemas
Cinema is one of the most popular forms of entertainment worldwide. We can watch movies not only in theatres but also on devices such as TVs, laptops, cellphones and projectors. What makes the demand for watching movies in theatres so high?
 
STARTUP ZONE
The Do’s and Don’ts for a Consumer Electronics Startup
A lot of startups have come up in accessories, Bluetooth speakers, earphones and other consumer electronics verticals in the last few years. However, the number of startups originating in verticals like ceiling fans have been quite low. Interestingly, Atomberg Technologies, a startup launched by IIT-Bombay alumni Manoj Meena and Sibabrata Das, is currently not only doing well in the ceiling fans market, but is also planning to enter more consumer electronics verticals in India. The company, as per one of its founders, is also looking to foray into smart appliances market. Atomberg came into being in 2012 and started its commercial operations about two years ago
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Industry News: Industry Updates
• MeitY proposes fresh incentives for electronics manufacturers
• India’s policy is to focus on export-led growth: Amitabh Kant
• PMO panel seeks inputs from global companies to make India a manufacturing hub
 
eSTYLE
First Look: Some New Gadgets
• 4K AI Android TVs
• Wireless headphones
• Wireless car charger
• Wireless mobile charger
• Gaming laptop
• Portable speaker
FACTS & FIGURES
Notified SEZs for Electronics Hardware
List of notified SEZs set up under SEZs Act, 2005 as on 15-5-2019
 
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Feedback: Your Suggestions

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Are Chatbots the Future of All Digital and Non-Digital Businesses?
Chatbots have developed tremendously. These serve many purposes in contemporary businesses by making interactions effective and productive
 
DESIGN
How to Increase Production and Enhance Shop Productivity
This article features an innovation project at Wheel and Axle Plant (WAP) of Durgapur Steel Plant on designing, fabrication and installation of a low-cost, electronic wheel counter with a large LED display at wheel forge and wheel mill area to motivate people for higher production and enhance shop productivity
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Build a Serial Data Debugger
A debugger is a tool used to test and debug other programs or target programs. This project is based on Atmega16A microcontroller (MCU), and is used to check the correct data received through universal synchronous/ asynchronous receiver/transmitter (USART) interface on an LCD. It is a useful tool for debugging USART data for MCUs and related circuitry
Download source code
 
STARTUP ZONE
Empowering the World with Solar Energy
The need for supplying a cheaper, sustainable form of energy to effectively fulfil the power demands has grown over the years. Due to its huge potential, solar is being used as an alternative to conventional source worldwide. India receives about 5000 trillion kWh solar energy per year over the land with most parts receiving 4kWh to 7kWh per square metre per day. With the aim to make solar simple, Radhika Choudary, co-founder and director, and Saurabh Marda, co-founder and managing director, founded Hyderabad-based Freyr Energy in 2014
STARTUP ZONE
Smallsat Revolution: New Era in Space Industry
Governments and weather agencies have been operating imaging satellites for decades. Data from these satellites is aimed at aiding the working of various industries, ranging from infrastructure monitoring to agriculture. Today, many startups are competing to change the scenario by working on commercial satellites
 
eSTYLE
BUYERS' GUIDE: Improve Internet Coverage with Mesh Routers
Today, even though we use technologies that once seemed futuristic, we all have struggled with slow Internet speeds and Wi-Fi dead zones at some point or the other. For large buildings, or those with many structural hindrances, traditional routers require additional components such as range extenders
eSTYLE
MUSIC: Soundbars for Big Sound from Small Speakers
As the TV is becoming thinner, the space for a powerful sound system is also reducing. Although, sound quality has improved with advancements in sound technology, a soundbar is a great option if you are looking for a cinematic experience from the comfort of your home. A soundbar is easy to set up and is usually less expensive than a complete home theatre system
 
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Q&A: Things You Wanted To Know!

SMART WORLD
Battery Management System in Electric Vehicles
In India, high cost of electric vehicles (EVs) is mainly attributed to their batteries still being imported, which incurs heavy expenses. The government has come up with a number of policies aimed towards boosting EV manufacturing in India
 
MANUFACTURE
Behind Every Successful Product There is a Good Design and Engineering
The author summarises a set of issues that need to be addressed if a product has to succeed in the market in its initial release itself
HEALTHCARE
How Technology Can Help in Waste Management
Such technologies as artificial intelligence, Big Data, machine learning and robotics, if implemented properly, can make the Indian waste management sector much more efficient
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Develop a Fastest Finger First System for Six Players
Described here is an Arduino-based fastest finger first system. In quiz shows, the buzzer or fastest finger first round is frequently used to determine which candidate (or group) achieves the highest priority in attempting the question. The fastest finger first method involves candidates pressing a key (or buzzer) placed in front of them such that whoever presses the key first gets the right to answer the question first
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eSTYLE
BUYERS' GUIDE: Smartphones for a Premium Gaming Experience
Gone are the days when gaming could only be done on computers and laptops. Massive popularity and resurgence of smartphones have made gaming even more popular among people, especially the youth. Now phones are not only meant for calling and texting, these have become useful in more ways than one—from online banking to shopping and keeping track of our daily activities
 
INTERNET OF THINGS
The IoT for Environmental Monitoring: Needs and
Challenges in India

This article is based on a speech given by Poonam J. Prasad, senior scientist, Analytical Instrumental Division, CSIR - National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, at IOTSHOW.IN 2019, held in Bengaluru. The institute’s Analytical Instrumental Division focuses on R&D on environmental sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT). Speaking on the use of the IoT for environmental monitoring, Prasad highlighted the need for IoT-based environmental sensors to conserve energy, water and other resources
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New Products

 
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Stop Tank Overflow with this Wireless Water-Level Indicator-cum-Controller
Described here is an electronic system for stopping tank overflow. It is capable of keeping the water-level between any two of the eight predetermined levels, starting from the bottom to the top of the water tank
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• Software for Consumer Electronics
• Mobile Apps for Consumer Electronics
 
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