Looking at our readers' main interests, PCB design and production rank pretty high. Elektor PCBs are famous the world over not just for their quality, but also their consistent look and feel. How did that come about? Here at Elektor, the change from manual artwork design using masking tape and photogrerphic reproduction techniques to a 100 % PC-driven process was gradual, and took place in the early 1990s.
One of the most frequent questions I get, usually by email but occasionally by telephone or letter (!) too, is "can I contribute to your wonderful publication and if so, what are the requirements and the specific subjects you are interested in?" As of this year, the answer is: "If you have a project to present, please do it at www.elektor-labs.com".
Pattern Lock, this month's front cover project and leading article, proves that technology rolled out big time by leading manufacturers can take a long time before it gets adopted by design engineers to the extent of DIY proj-ects for home assembly using low cost parts and free software libraries.
Bridging the gaps bit by bit Here's an assumption up for consider-ation if not for revision: microcontrollers and microvolts (and -amps, -henries, -farads...) are separated by a big gap; they are two separate worlds, each with their own fan club, its members easily discernible by activity: the digital pundits 4ver eliminating bugs, the ana-log guys, always chasing and combat-ing noise of the electric variety, and corporate too at times.
Welcome to the first double-size edition of Elektor for the year 2013, covering January and February. From past experience and trials we've come to understand that the Elektor readership is really keen on having a big bunch of circuits, ideas, reviews, lab reports, and various unfinished symphonies, to get them through the solstitio brumali — the very dead of winter. Our double editions traditionally are the best sold and draw the highest response rates, which is gratifying to say the least. Hence our decision to publish two of them every year.
As yet another year concludes, leaving many pleasant moments in the journey of our publication, we would like to rather concentrate on the achievements made during the short span of our existence in the competitive media space, precisely two years and more. Well, if any of you readers expect this issue to be a brag about our journey, or elaborating on the eventful year 2012 that passed by, you can seek solace with a word of assurance from me, that this issue is unlike the more commonly followed industry practices.
Well, I begin with a crib to vent my heart out, accepting the face that having chosen the theme ‘Alternate Energy and Energy Saving ’ special, does exert emphasis to meet the most critical need of the hour.
Well, the most undeniable fact experienced during the last decade is the advent of internet, which has definitely made a great impact on our lives with communication becoming faster than ever before, while simplifying emmination of information to mutiple users across the globe.
Well, with every issue unfolding a new chapter in the electronic and technology space, fostered by an inert desire to server our reader segments better with industry specific and technology oriented content, Elektor aims to intrigue reader's interests.
With every issue we evolve to serve our readers better. This issue with special focuses on ‘Test and Measurements’ not just provides you with opinions from leaders in the global and Indian test and measurement space, but also enlist the new products development.
Every Anniversary issue of Elektor has been always a special one and collectors delight. I have tried to make this issue special by including projects on complete aspects of robotics -ear, voice, vision, balance, detect and communicate.
This issue our focus is on test & measurement (T&M). This domain has come a long way from simple analog reading devices to OSAs. Given the fact that the world is headed for a wireless ecosystem, I see RF measurement to be taking large strides in the days to come.
It is interesting to see how electronics is still followed passionately by our enthusiastic readers and for this reason alone, the goal of the magazine is to bring international quality content on electronic circuits.
In the past, Elektor India has given a lot of joy to a generation of people who are passionate about electronics. After a small hiatus, we hit the Indian market again, offering a reason to smile to the electronics enthusiasts here!
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