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Engineering Your Own Smart Home: Custom Home Automation with Arduino

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
June 25, 2018 - June 29, 20181M-F 12:15P-3:05POpenJordan Bell
July 09, 2018 - July 13, 20181M-F 12:15P-3:05POpenJordan Bell

Course Description

In what has been termed "The Second Industrial Revolution", millions of "makers" from around the world are collaborating via the internet to create amazing inventions using open source hardware and software. A major catalyst for this explosion of imagination is the Arduino platform, which includes a microcontroller and free software with which to program it. Arduino boards come in many forms, and their open source design allows for inexpensive "clone" versions to be sold freely. Arduino thus brings advanced electronics projects within the ability and budget of virtually anyone who wants to learn, but its real power is in the community that has supplied hundreds of compatible sensor and actuator modules, the code to make them work, and helpful advice.

In this course, we will introduce you to the basics of creating technology with Arduino. Our context will be home automation and the Internet of Things. During the course, you will work step by step to allow multiple Arduinos to communicate with each other in a wireless network.You will learn how to get sensor readings through the network, to the internet, and from the internet to your smartphone. By the end of the course, you will know how to monitor your home's temperature, humidity, light, motion, and more from anywhere with an internet connection. You will also learn to control lights and other appliances from your phone or a keypad within your home. In addition, you will be able to program your home to act on its own. You can have it turn on your bedroom light when you want to wake up. You can have it send a notification to your phone when your doorbell rings. If you really want to, you can even make it turn on your living room light whenever someone flushes the toilet. All of this and more is possible in a fully customizable, and inexpensive system of an Arduino and its sensors.

While our course focuses on the topic of home automation, the process we follow is applicable to a multitude of other projects, so if you ever want to build a 3D printer at home, or create your own drone, this course will help you get started. You will become familiar with where to find the parts, code, and information necessary to complete such projects.

Prerequisites: This course will cover the basic programming and electronics skills necessary to complete many Arduino projects. Any previous programming or electronics experience you have will be beneficial for you, but even if you have no experience, you're still welcome to enroll. Please familiarize yourself with basic concepts such as if statements, for loops, voltage, current, resistance, etc.

*Please note: This course has a supplemental fee of $50