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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
29 minutes to complete

Welcome

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Reading
2 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings
Video2 videos
Let's take a look at all our Modules!4m
Reading2 readings
Course 3 Slides10m
Course Parts list10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Course 3 Lecture series

Before jumping into the lab section of this course, we would like to offer you a short lecture series. This lecture series will compliment everything you are about to do for the remainder of the course....
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
What's in Sensor6m
Sensing and Actuation Paradigms5m
Inspiration from Hollywood8m
Discrete Signals and digital Signal Processing12m
Life below the Nyquist (Advanced)7m
Resolution, Bandwidth, and Power7m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture Module Quiz10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Terminology/Cheat Sheet (Beginner)

In this course, you will see a lot of new words and acronyms you might not be familiar with. If you feel comfortable with your knowledge of tech terminology, feel free to skip these lessons since they will not affect the overall integrity of the course. If you see something that you want to know a little more about, feel free to watch the video to gain insight on some basic concepts. We do expect you to know the majority of this material before going into the next module, we would recommend going through the lessons as a quick brush up....
Reading
17 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video17 videos
Introduction to Lesson 11m
Acronyms (DragonBoard™ 410c)3m
Acronyms (General)2m
Frequent Terminology2m
A look back at Lesson 1m
Introduction to Lesson 22m
Ohm's Law5m
Electromagnetic Spectrum2m
Bluetooth2m
Operational Amplifiers3m
A look back at Lesson 21m
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Java4m
Python3m
Breadboards5m
A look back at Lesson 31m
Reading3 readings
Module 1 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Ohm's law and circuit supplementals10m
Python and Java supplementals10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 112m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

GPIO Programming

Hello everyone and welcome to GPIO Programming! In order for the DragonBoard™ 410c to interact with the world there has to be an interface between them. For the purpose of this project the GPIO interface will serve as a way to sense and interact with the environment. In this lesson we will talk about General Purpose Input/Output pins and why they are important to this project. We will try to define them as well as provide other resources that could help further explain their purpose. In taking a look at the low speed expansion header on the DragonBoard™ 410c we will locate and explain all other GPIO interfaces. Since only the 12 GPIO will be necessary for this course, most of this lesson will focus on them. Once a greater understanding of the GPIO is achieved we will then access them via command prompt be it through a PC host or on board OS such as Ubuntu. Finally in this lesson we will show you how to make your first program/application capable of controlling a GPIO....
Reading
33 videos (Total 87 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video33 videos
Introduction to Lesson 11m
GPIO Defined3m
GPIO, project specific uses2m
GPIO, overall uses1m
A look back at Lesson 1m
Introduction to Lesson 2m
Pin layout4m
Pin access1m
A look back at Lesson 2m
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Multi-Purpose Pins (MPP) vs. GPIO1m
Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C)1m
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)1m
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART)1m
Pulse-Code Modulation (PCM)1m
A look back at Lesson 3m
Introduction to Lesson 4m
GPIO access with Android5m
GPIO access with Ubuntu5m
A look back at Lesson 4m
Introduction to Lesson 5a1m
Modify boot script7m
GPIO Library (Java)5m
Make your application (Gradle)8m
Make your application (Manually)4m
A look back at Lesson 5a1m
Introduction to Lesson 5bm
Python and other languages3m
GPIO Library4m
Build your program5m
A look back at Lesson 5bm
Video Challenge!m
Reading5 readings
Module 2 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Modify the Android boot script.10m
GPIO Library (Python)10m
First Python program (LED test).10m
Peer review assignment (Cheat sheet)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 210m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Amplifier Build

Time to build your very own amplifier! In order to interact with a wide variety of components, including many of the components that will be used throughout this course the voltage output from the DragonBoard™ 410c low speed expansion header will need to be amplified. In this lesson we will talk about a very basic voltage amplifier design. This design will be used to boost the signal voltage from the GPIO’s located on the DragonBoard™ 410c low speed expansion header. Once familiar with this basic amplifier, one can make adjustments to create personalized amplifiers geared toward specific future projects. ...
Reading
27 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video27 videos
Introduction to Lesson 1m
Amplifiers1m
Op-Amps1m
DragonBoard™ 410c pin voltages1m
A look back at Lesson 1m
Introduction to Lesson 21m
Specification matching2m
Theory and Calculations5m
Amplifier Diagram (NTE987)1m
Weighing your options1m
A look back at Lesson 2m
Introduction to Lesson 3am
Parts and tools required1m
Putting it together6m
A look back at Lesson 3am
Introduction to Lesson 3b1m
Parts and tools required1m
Soldering tips7m
PCB amplifier breakdown3m
A look back at Lesson 3b1m
Introduction to Lesson 4m
Debugging and Troubleshooting (Breadboard)2m
Debugging and Troubleshooting (PCB)1m
See the difference (LED test)1m
A look back at Lesson 4m
Video Challenge!m
Reading1 reading
Module 3 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 312m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Stepper Motors

We are all basically made of motors, not really, but most robots are! When working with robotics, motors among several other things are some of the most important components you will chose for a project. In this lesson we will compare a variety of different motors widely used in DIY projects, especially DIY projects centered around robotics. We will take a deeper look at the stepper motor and what they are made of. We will then talk about the H-Bridge integrated circuit chip, why it is necessary for this projects and how it is used. Lastly, this lesson will guide you through the process of building a circuit capable of running a stepper motor. Schematics and code will be provided in order to gain a greater understanding of the stepper motor, as well as to facilitate the step by step instructions found in this lesson's documentation....
Reading
16 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
Introduction to Lesson 1m
What makes them different from other motors2m
Typical components of the stepper motor3m
Deeper look at how they work2m
A look back at Lesson 1m
Introduction to Lesson 21m
H-Bridge IC Chip1m
Circuit layout3m
Stepper sequence4m
A look back at Lesson 2m
Introduction to Lesson 3m
Building the Circuit2m
Setting up the code!4m
Stepper Motor Demo1m
A look back at Lesson 3m
Reading2 readings
Module 4 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 410m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

LED Block

It was amazing when we turned our first LED on. What if we told you one was just the beginning! In this Module we will manipulate 8x8 LED matrices to execute a variety of custom schemes. We will program and build games, and digital displays that can be used for fun or business. The 8x8 LED matrix is just the beginning. Our code and ultimately our concepts can be applied to larger more intricate projects as you grow your IoT toolbox....
Reading
22 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video22 videos
Introduction to Lesson 1m
LED Matrix Kit2m
8x8 LED Matrix1m
MAX7219 IC Chip2m
A look back at Lesson 11m
Introduction to Lesson 21m
How it Works2m
Matrix Customization3m
A look back at Lesson 2m
Introduction to Lesson 3m
LED processor library5m
Character Library2m
Expanding to multiple blocksm
A look back at Lesson 31m
Introduction to Lesson 41m
Building the Circuit3m
Message Display (Ubuntu)1m
Dice Game (Ubuntu)1m
CALIT2 Bird (Android)10m
A look back at Lesson 4m
Video Challenge!1m
Reading2 readings
Module 5 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 510m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Infrared Sensors

Using sensors that work on the infrared spectrum we can send and receive information. With this knowledge we are ready to program/build a way to use this to our benefit. In this Module you will gain access to code that will allow you take tremendous steps forward in your pursuit to claim of piece of the IoT movement. We are also going talk about the infrared spectrum on a higher level to gain a better understanding of how we are able to use it for these projects. By the end of this Module, you will be able to take a household remote and control various aspects of your DragonBoard™ 410c, especially peripherals through GPIO manipulation....
Reading
14 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Introduction to Lesson 1m
Electromagnetic Spectrum2m
Applying this Sensor to the Remote1m
A look back at Lesson 1m
Introduction to Lesson 2m
The Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor2m
PIR Sensor Demo3m
A look back at Lesson 2m
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Parts list and circuit walkthrough1m
IR Remote demo - Part 1 (Code)3m
IR Remote demo - Part 2 (Demo)7m
A look back at Lesson 31m
Reading3 readings
Module 6 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
Python Code10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 66m
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Top Reviews

By GHJan 26th 2017

The students who taught this course did an amazing job of putting together the lectures and code.

By HKAug 29th 2017

A very good foundation course on sensing and actuation

Instructors

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Ganz Chockalingam

Principal Engineer
Qualcomm Institute of Calit2, UC, San Diego
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Harinath Garudadri

Associate Research Scientist
Qualcomm Institute of Calit2, UC, San Diego

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