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This Innovative & Cost-Effective Cooling Solution by IIT Students Might Just Make ACs Obsolete!

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Benefits of the passive solar water wall cooling system include the promise of no CFC and carbon emission, minimal electricity usage and a 50 per cent reduction in cooling cost.The heat is getting harder to handle with each summer, and people are increasingly opting for air conditioners. In spite of their popularity, we are also quite aware of the damaging effect ACs can have on the environment.Two students from IIT Kharagpur have come up an alternative option that could act as a potential replacement for air conditioners.Team “Takniquee” comprising Sahashranshu Maurya and Somrup Chakraborty from the department of geology and geophysics have developed a cooling system called passive solar water wall which revolves around a rectangular water tank fitted into a wall. Their proposal for the cooling system  is India’s entry among the five finalists of Shell Ideas360 Audience Choice Awards.“This ties with future city concept. The water tank is different from conventional tanks as it has a …

The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning

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Explanations of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning and how they’re all different. Plus, how AI and IoT are inextricably connected. We’re all familiar with the term “Artificial Intelligence.” After all, it’s been a popular focus in movies such as The Terminator, The Matrix, and Ex Machina (a personal favorite of mine). But you may have recently been hearing about other terms like “Machine Learning” and “Deep Learning,” sometimes used interchangeably with artificial intelligence. As a result, the difference between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning can be very unclear. I’ll begin by giving a quick explanation of what Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) actually mean and how they’re different. Then, I’ll share how AI and the Internet of Things are inextricably intertwined, with several technological advances all converging at once to set the foundation for an AI and IoT explosion. So what’s the diff…

12 Interesting ENGLISH Words With Meanings That You Can Use While Impressing People!

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Interesting English Words – English language is always interesting. Words like “Wassup”, “Bae”, “Coolio”, and many such words are widely used nowadays. In English language, there are many interesting words that you can learn and use to increase you vocabulary, as well as to impress other people around you. So right now, if you are a learner, then all you need are just interesting words to make your conversations interesting with others. Here I’ve listed 12 English words with  meanings  that’ll help you know when and where to use it. Let’s begin ( Interesting English Words ) – Garrulous The meaning of this word is talkative. So if you have any friend in your group who is talkative all the time, then you can simply use this word to describe your dear friend. You can just say like “Hey mate, you are really garrulous.” Quagmire We all have our own quagmire, right? Are you confused? It means a difficult situation. We all hate such tough situations in life, but unfortunately we have to deal w…

Simple Explanations – Connecting the Internet of Things

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When it comes to connecting the Internet of Things, there are an overwhelming number of options. Here's everything important to know about IoT connectivity. When it comes to connecting the Internet of Things, there are an overwhelming number of options. Cellular, satellite, WiFi, Bluetooth, RFID, NFC, LPWAN, and Ethernet are all possible ways to connect a sensor/device. And within each of these options there can be different providers (e.g. for cellular there’s T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.). If you’re simply interested in IoT and how it works, it’s nearly impossible to sift through dense articles like this and this to get a basic understanding (and if you don’t know how an IoT system actually works, start here). To help bring clarity to my fellow non-technical people, here’s everything important to know about connecting the Internet of Things that I’ve learned working at Leverege: Connecting the Internet of Things – Tradeoff Between Power Consumption, Range, and Bandwidth…

What is Bluetooth? – 6 Things You Didn’t Know about Bluetooth

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Invented by Ericsson in 1994, Bluetooth was intended to enable wireless headsets. Bluetooth has since expanded into a broad variety of applications including Bluetooth headsets, speakers, printers, video game controllers, and much more. Bluetooth is also important for the rapidly growing Internet of Things, including smart homes and industrial applications. Given the importance of Bluetooth and it’s usage in an increasing number of applications, here are 6 interesting things about Bluetooth that you didn’t know! And to start it off, what is Bluetooth? 1) Bluetooth is a Wireless Technology Standard Wireless technology standards require both a hardware and software component. The hardware is required to be able to send the necessary signal via radio frequency, and the software determines what’s sent over that signal and how it’s interpreted. This means that, to use Bluetooth, a device must have a tiny computer chip with a Bluetooth radio. This also means that the software must be unive…

IoT Explained – How Does an IoT System Actually Work? – Part 2

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In the first part of IoT Explained – How Does an IoT System Actually Work?, I explained that there are four major components that are involved in any given IoT system. Those components are Sensors/Devices, Connectivity, Data Processing, and User Interface. Here’s a quick recap of how they work together:  An IoT system consists of sensors/devices which “talk” to the cloud through some kind of connectivity. Once the data gets to the cloud, software processes it and then might decide to perform an action, such as sending an alert or automatically adjusting the sensors/devices without the need for the user. But if the user input is needed or if the user simply wants to check in on the system, a user interface allows them to do so. Any adjustments or actions that the user makes are then sent in the opposite direction through the system: from the user interface, to the cloud, and back to the sensors/devices to make some kind of change. IoT Explained: Skipping the ConnectivityThe Internet of Thi…

IoT Explained – How Does an IoT System Actually Work?

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IoT resources are often highly technical and confusing, so for many it isn't clear how an IoT system actually works. Here's IoT explained in simple terms. “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” - "What is the Internet of Things?" IoT Explained A complete IoT system integrates four distinct components: sensors/devices, connectivity, data processing, and a user interface. Below I will briefly explain each component and what it does. 1) Sensors/Devices: First, sensors or devices collect data from their environment. This could be as simple as a temperature reading or as complex as a full video feed. I use “sensors/devices,” because multiple sensors can be bundled together or sensors can be part of a device that does more …