• Robotics, Drones and Air - Important factors in Smart Farming

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Nov 30, 2020
    There are already a wide variety of crop harvesting machines that are ideal for potential automation. Engineers are already at work to develop technologies for delicate harvest work and autonomous traverse across the fields using the right robotic components with a blend of sensors and IoT connectivity, freeing the farmers for other tasks. 
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  • Things to consider before buying an Electric Vehicle

    Chirag Khandhar
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    Nov 30, 2020
    An Electric Vehicle (EV) is referred to as a car that works on one or two motors that use the energy from the rechargeable batteries. Compared to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars, EVs on the other hand, do not make much noise and have lower emissions overall. Nowadays, people are considering EVs instead of ICEs as it has lower maintenance costs and is environmentally friendly. So these are a few points which one should consider before buying an electric vehicle. 
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  • Thanksgiving 2020 - What I Am Thankful For

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    We are at the end of the year 2020, probably one of the worst years the world has ever seen in history. But as we all know the time does not stop for anyone unless the world itself has come to an end. Amid these tough times, we have survived till Thanksgiving this year. Although this year has been a nightmare, let us all take a moment to thank for what we still have. I am going to list all the reasons that I am thankful for in 2020.
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  • Communication Systems - IP and Non-IP protocols

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Nov 30, 2020
    When applying Internet of Things (IoT) to the agriculture domain, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications are a central key, empowering ubiquitous and independent communications amongst numerous gadgets without any human interference. In this way, necessities such as productivity, versatility, low-cost equipment and low-power utilization are expected from this kind of communications. The demand for these necessities varies according to the various application scenarios, which has driven to the development of endless number of conventions, standards, communication stacks and models, each one addressing specific issues or applications.
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  • My Dream Has Come True - First Road Trip

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    It has been a dream for me to go on a road trip to the U.S. with friends. My friends who came here years before me post amazing photos and videos of the road trip in their cool cars. The most exciting factor of a road trip here is the opportunity to explore a foreign land with exciting cars that are not available back home in India. It has been a year now wishing for the right circumstances and finally, I received a surprising phone call from my friend who is working at Michigan. He called me in the evening and said he is coming to O'Hare airport to drop a friend and said he is staying the night at my place and he had to leave early morning. The call itself was a pleasant surprise since I'm meeting him after four years and wait it gets better. He invited me to come back with him to Michigan since there was Thanksgiving break coming up. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a final surprise that blew my mind away. He came in my dream car -- Jaguar XE, the car I spent years admiring from posters, wallpapers, and rarely on the roads. I thanked all the deities for making this happen. It was as though every single event has aligned perfectly just for me. The classes were online, Thanksgiving holidays, I didn't have many assignments, and finally, I didn't have to deliver newspapers since the last two issues were only online. Seriously, if I think about it, out of nowhere your best friend from college four years ago comes to your home picks you up in a luxury car, and tells me to stay with him in Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, it may be common for other people, but as an Indian student who is living on a budget, the chances of this happening are very low.
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  • The Last Humans - The End

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    It was day 301, in the year 2820. Everyone was hanging by a thin thread of hope with nowhere to go. The human race was on the brink of extinction. It was another normal day at the space ship, but they did not realize everything was going to come to an end in exactly 102 minutes 37 seconds. Not because they are going to die naturally, but the universe has other plans, a meteor shower of a 250-mile radius is approaching the spaceship at 4800 miles per hour. Usually, the spaceship can steer clear of this doom if they could see this. Of all the variables the scientists considered to survive in space they did not take into account the meteor shower was in the size of microns that is almost impossible to detect. Let us all agree space is filled with wonderful nightmares that even the brightest minds cannot anticipate.
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  • iPhone 12- Apple is Back With a Bang

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 23, 2020
    Every year, Apple's new phone release is one of the most anticipated things all around the world. No matter if you are going to buy it or not, you will still want to look up what Apple has done new.  This curiosity was developed by one of the greatest minds of the last century, Steve Jobs. A few weeks ago, Apple announced its new phone series, the iPhone-12, which is their primary product. This year, Apple has taken a tremendous hit in its manufacturing due to COVID-19, but Apple has arrived with the plan to conquer most of the market segments. They have four variants this year with the price ranging from $600 to $1099 drawing a wide range of customers.
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  • The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth Of UFarmIIT

    Sameer Sheikh
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    Nov 23, 2020
    On the outskirts of the Illinois Tech quad, sandwiched between the Alpha Sigma Alpha and the Triangle houses, lies a large patch of haunted land surrounded by broken wooden fences and piles of rocks and dirt. Inside you will find an abandoned but locked workshed filled with tools, chairs, signs, and a body pillow, plus debris, pipes and leftover containers and supplies, and many, many weeds and dead plants. Among the tipped-over wheelbarrows and the compost bins filled with water, waste, and leaves stands tall the skeleton of the greenhouse that used to be there. And on a faded and chipped glass sign with white printed letters inside the farm, you’ll find that this place was once called UFarmIIT: one of Illinois Tech’s landmarks and once the face of the IPRO program.
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