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Why do you need a Good Grounding?

Grounding is a safety measure for electrical and electronic systems whereby the user is protected from accidentally coming in contact with electrical hazards. For instance, refrigerators at home usually stand on rubber feet, even when operating from the AC outlet. Although electricity enters the refrigerator and runs through most of the electrical components within it, it has no connection to the outer metal body. Rather, the outer metal body of the refrigerator connects independently to a green Read more [...]

Mica Capacitors : Why should I use them?

Mica, a phyllosilicate, is a group of hydrous potassium/aluminum silicate material. It is a rock-forming mineral exhibiting a two-dimensional sheet or layer structure. That means it is possible to split mica into thin sheets. The biggest advantage of mica is the excellent stability of its electrical, chemical and mechanical properties. This property makes mica a suitable material for use as a dielectric when making highly stable and reliable capacitors. Silver-mica capacitors are useful at high frequencies, Read more [...]

Which Raspberry Pi Should I Use?

Which Raspberry Pi or RBPi you will use is getting more and more difficult to answer as the family keeps growing. It was simple and straightforward when the RBPi first launched – there was only one model. Since then, with four major models to choose from, things are more complicated. However, this versatile beast comes in different specifications and you should select the one most fitting your requirements. Among the models available, here is a summary to help you decide: RBPi Zero This is Read more [...]

Some of the Best Raspberry Pi Add-Ons

To most people, the Raspberry Pi or the RBPi Single Board Computer is only a cheap desktop. That is because by the time you have added a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse and the SD card, it would have cost as much as a cheap laptop and would still be a lot less powerful. However, the real innovation of the RBPi lies not in its cost, but in its form factor. You can run the tiny RBPi on a few batteries or solar cells and use its exposed General Purpose Input and Output pins. This trio of combinations Read more [...]

What Are Diacs And Triacs Used For?

When you switch on your fan or light, chances are you also have a dimmer controller to control the speed of the fan or the intensity of the incandescent or LED light. Typically, dimmers are useful only where alternating currents are used, because they have components that allow only part of the waveform to reach the appliance. That means the appliance receives only part of the energy supplied and hence runs slower or glows dimly. Dimmers accomplish this AC waveform chopping or phase control with Read more [...]

What is a brushless DC motor?

Most electrical appliances have an electric motor that rotates to displace an object from its initial position. Various motors are available in the market such as servomotors, induction motors, stepper motors, DC motors (both brushless and brushed), etc. The choice of a motor depends on the requirements of an application. Most new designs favor brushless DC motors, also referred to as BLDC motors. The working principle of brushless DC motors is similar to that of brushed DC motors, but their construction Read more [...]

Magneto resistive random access technology (MRAM) for better memory storage

Technologists researching at the laboratories of the National University of Singapore in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have developed a new technology that will help in enhancing storing information in electronic systems in a better and more durable manner. Called Magneto Resistive Random Access Technology, this innovative method increases the storage space considerably and ensures that all fresh data will remain intact, even when there is a power failure. The team of researchers, Read more [...]

What Is An Electronic Load And Where Do You Use It?

Power supply manufacturers need to test their products dynamically. Instead of using fixed-resistor banks of different sizes, electronic loads allow them to simulate easily and quickly various power states. Using an electronic load, large ranges of power sources such as converters, inverters, UPSs and electromechanical sources such as batteries and fuel cells may be tested. For varying loads, electronic loads are easier to use and provide a much higher throughput compared to fixed-resistors. For Read more [...]

Home Protection with Raspberry Pi

Planning to go on a vacation, but afraid of who will look after your home for you? Worry not, for the mighty Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is here. Not only will RBPi look after your entire house, it will send you an email of what is happening in your home and let you see it on your mobile or on a PC. How cool is that? Most alarm systems incorporate three primary sensors. The first is a temperature sensor to detect the rise in temperature in case of a fire. The second is an intrusion detection sensor to Read more [...]

Sensing humidity using advanced technology

An approaching thunderstorm creates a very stuffy environment with oppressively heavy moisture in the air. The presence of water in the air is termed as humidity and this largely affects human comfort. The amount of water vapor influences many physical, chemical and biological processes. In industries, measuring and controlling humidity is critical since it can affect not only the health and safety of personnel, it can affect the business cost of the product as well. Sleep apnea leads to repeated Read more [...]