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Beginning Arduino: Make a environment monitor system

A perfect start for the new maker: learn by creating a gadget that posts your environment data to a Web logging service.

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This course is designed for beginner makers. I will help you get started with the basics of creating circuits with the Arduino prototyping board, and by the end of this course you will have an Internet-connected home environment monitoring gadget, build with your own hands!

The only prerequisite is a basic understanding of concepts like voltage, current and resistance, and ability to download and install software on your computer. A very basic understanding of programming is a bonus, but not absolutely necessary.

Along the way, you will learn about programming, sensors, and communications.

The course is split in three parts:

Part 1 is an introduction, which will gently help you create your first circuit and open your appetite for more.

Part 2 contains a primer on making with the Arduino, focusing on the Integrated Development Environment and the sketching language.

Part 3 is about making JING. JING (not an acronym!) is the environment monitoring system that you will put together piece by piece, and line by line.

If learning by making sounds like the way to go, then this course is for you!

Materials

To fully take advantage of this course, you will need (all of these are easily sourced from Ebay):

1) An Arduino (I suggest a genuine Arduino Uno)

2) A photoresistor

3) A DHT22 temperature and humidity sensor

4) A BMP085 barometric sensor breakout

5) A 16x2 LCD screen based on the Hitachi HD44780 driver (or compatible, these are very common)

6) A potentiometer

7) Assorted resistors

8) A small breadboard

9) Lot's of breadboard wires.

Learning objectives

  • Make simple circuits based on the Arduino board
  • Acquire data from sensors and display them on an LCD screen
  • Upload sensor data to a free cloud logging service and visualise it in a dashboard
  • Understand the basics of programming for microcontrollers


Your Instructor


Peter Dalmaris
Peter Dalmaris

Peter is Chief Explorer at Tech Explorations. He is fascinated by technology because of its ability to make amazing things happen, and science because of its ability to make nature transparent.

He is an Electrical and Computer Engineer, has a PhD (most of which was spent reading philosophy of knowledge) and a couple of Masters in Information Systems.

He has been a lecturer for over 13 years in a variety of IT (and occasionally management) subjects. During this time, he has developed a hands-on teaching style, whereby he invites and challenges his students to learn by doing. He has taught thousands of students in dozens of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Peter is also a software developer at Futureshock Enterprises, making applications using Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and iOS.

Peter has been an electronics enthusiast since he remembers himself when he wrecked his sister's digital watch and his parents VCR. He replaced the watch but managed to fix the VCR.

Now, he is particularly fascinated by the rapid prototyping opportunities that the Arduino and similar platforms has brought about.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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