August 22 - Day 5: An Internet of Things Weather Station Example
Continuing Education Center 8/22/2014 Post a comment Sensor networks and moving data through the internet and web are becoming absolutely critical with concepts such as the Internet of Things on the near horizon. Each of the previous sessions have covered critical building blocks to create a system using a single-board computer. This session pulls it all together by providing an example weather station that interfaces to sensors such as humidity and temperature. The data is streamed through the Internet and accessible via a website.
August 21 - Day 4: Controlling Raspberry Pi Peripherals With Python
Continuing Education Center 8/21/2014 Post a comment Writing software can be fun, but when the software controls hardware and starts interfacing with the external world is when things really get going! The Raspberry Pi has a number of common interfaces that can be used to communicate with the external world and this session will cover how to use Python to access each of those interfaces. By the end of this session attendees will be ready to connect just about anything!
August 20 - Day 3: An Overview of the Raspberry Pi (& Single-Board Computers)
Continuing Education Center 8/20/2014 Post a comment This session will dig into the details of single-board computers and how they are revolutionizing how we do things. The famous Raspberry Pi hardware will be discussed in addition to how to set up the hardware for experiments in future sessions. This will include a look at available operating systems, tools, and expansion boards that can be used to quickly get a prototype system up and running.
August 19 - Day 2: Python Fundamentals
Continuing Education Center 8/19/2014 Post a comment This session will present basic concepts on how to design embedded software using Python. Concepts such as lists, dictionaries, string, and file system manipulations are a few examples of what will be covered. How to develop object-oriented code and even how to import C code will also be presented. Example scripts will be provided so that attendees can follow along and take the language for a spin.
August 18 - Day 1: Introduction to Python
Continuing Education Center 8/18/2014 Post a comment This session will introduce the Python programming language. It will provide an overview of where to get it, how to install it, and why an embedded engineer should learn Python. Since most embedded engineers are familiar with C, an in-depth comparison between language syntax will be covered to help attendees quickly leap into this powerful language.
August 8 - Day 5: Linux & Block Device Drivers
Continuing Education Center 8/8/2014 Post a comment This final class will look at block devices, which are storage media that can handle random accesses. Unlike character devices, block devices can hold file-system data. In addition, we’ll discuss how Linux supports storage/block buses and devices.
August 7 - Day 4: Input Device Drivers With the Linux OS
Continuing Education Center 8/7/2014 Post a comment In today’s class, we will learn about the Linux kernel’s input subsystem. This subsystem handles various input devices such as keyboard, mice, etc., with uniformity. An event interface is used to interface the input devices to specific applications. In addition, we’ll learn about the event system as well as device abstraction.
August 6 - Day 3: Serial Drivers Using Linux
Continuing Education Center 8/6/2014 Post a comment The serial port is a basic communications channel that’s used in many systems. In general, a UART is used to implement the serial ports. These ports can be used for terminal sessions, dialup, and devices that use a serial transport, including Bluetooth devices. In this class, we will learn about writing drivers for serial devices.
August 5 - Day 2: Linux Character Device Drivers
Continuing Education Center 8/5/2014 Post a comment Character drivers are fundamental driver types in the Linux kernel, while the byte-oriented driver is referred to as a character driver. Majority of device drivers in Linux fall into this category. We will learn about character drivers and run through a sample character-driver development. The basic file operations and creation will be taught as well.
August 4 - Day 1: Introduction to the Linux Kernel
Continuing Education Center 8/4/2014 1 comment This class will cover the basic aspects of the Linux kernel programming, and we’ll differentiate between the kernel and user space. It’s a well-known fact that there are certain norms to communicate between the kernel and user space. Hence, we’ll cover the APIs needed to enable this communication. In addition, we will look at how to load and unload device drivers on running systems.
July 23 - Day 3: Creating Schemas to Develop a Bluetooth Link
Continuing Education Center 7/23/2014 295 comments A schema is simply a description of available embedded resources. Today we will create a schema based on the embedded resources of the Digilent ChipKIT MX3 development board. We will also examine the firmware that is automatically generated as a result of the schema build process.
July 21 - Day 1: The Out-of-the-Box Bluetooth Experience
Continuing Education Center 7/21/2014 373 comments Today’s lecture will feature the Ana ren B-SMART BoosterPack development tool. The BoosterPack will be coupled with a Texas Instruments MSP430 LaunchPad development board to provide a working out-of-the-box MSP430-to-iPhone Bluetooth application. No Bluetooth or MSP430 knowledge is required.
July 11 - Day 5: Tying Up the Loose ARM Ends
Continuing Education Center 7/11/2014 380 comments This class will bring together all the material covered in previous classes to discuss some designs suggested by students to see how they might be implemented most efficiently. Existing reference designs using the STM32F3 family will be used as the starting point for customization efforts.
July 10 - Day 4: Build Your Own ARM-Based Product!
Continuing Education Center 7/10/2014 496 comments Example designs offered with the DISCOVERY kit will be described and used to illustrate some of the types of designs the ARM Cortex-M4 is specifically efficient at implementing. At the end of this class the student should be comfortable running example designs themselves.
July 9 - Day 3: Understand the ARM Tool Flow
Continuing Education Center 7/9/2014 528 comments The tool flow for programming the STM32F3 MCU family will be described and the process for downloading and running example designs will be shown so that the interested student can follow along using their own versions of free, downloadable tools.
July 8 - Day 2: An ARM Cortex-M4 Design Example
Continuing Education Center 7/8/2014 582 comments This class will use the STM32F3 M CU family as an example implementation using the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU. The interactions between the CPU and many common peripherals will set the stage for designing efficiently with a wide range of ARM Cortex-M4 implementations.
July 7 - Day 1: An Introduction to the ARM Cortex-M4 Architecture
Continuing Education Center 7/7/2014 665 comments This class provides a quick overview of the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU architecture and how to use the key features to more efficiently implement common MCU-based designs. A comparison to other ARM CPU families will help round out your understanding of this important CPU family.
June 27 - Day 5: IIoT: Where Do We Go From Here?
Continuing Education Center 6/27/2014 352 comments For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the predicted growth areas and the opportunities for new development in order to enable a safe and robust IIoT for the future. Bring your crystal ball and shopping lists!
June 26 - Day 4: The #1 IIoT Challenge: Security
Continuing Education Center 6/26/2014 381 comments The greatest danger when we have literally billions of devices, most without human oversight, communicating critical data with one another is data security. Data theft, alteration, and denial of service will all be crucial potential weaknesses in the IIoT. In today's class we will look at the challenges and what has been done so far to address these, from node-level security to gateway security solutions.
June 25 - Day 3: The Backbone of IIoT: IPv.6
Continuing Education Center 6/25/2014 374 comments No matter what carriers are used in the physical layer of communications in the IIoT, there will need to be a robust, scalable, and universal addressing and communications backbone. Most implementers and experts agree that Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv.6) will be the backbone on which the IIoT will be built. Today's class will cover a quick overview of IPv.6 and its improvements and differences from the more familiar IPv.4 that is still the standard, particularly in embedded systems.
June 23 - Day 1: Background & Overview of IoT/IIoT
Continuing Education Center 6/23/2014 484 comments We will look at the history of the Internet of Things and what strides have been made so far, including some of the unique definitions that have been made for the IoT itself. And we’ll explain how IoT differs from IIoT.
June 13 - Day 5: Arduino & Games
Continuing Education Center 6/13/2014 554 comments In the early 70s handheld electronic games were popular. These electronic handheld devices have been replaced with video game consoles and iPhone and Android apps. In this final session, an Arduino electronic game will be discussed.
June 12 - Day 4: Arduino & Biomimicry
Continuing Education Center 6/12/2014 700 comments The ability to improve process and product performance using nature is the technological innovation of today. Biomimicry is being used in R&D facilities as a design tool to improve future product performance and function. Definitions and an example of a biomimicry machine will be discussed today. Also, a biomimicry device using an Arduino will be explained, as well as a temperature-sensing example.
June 11 - Day 3: Arduino & Physical Computing
Continuing Education Center 6/11/2014 736 comments The Arduino is capable of being used in a multitude of applications and products. One design technique that allows the Arduino to be interactive within its environment is known as “physical computing.” Definitions of physical computing will be examined in the class along with a tilt-sensing servo motor controller design example.
June 10 - Day 2: Getting Started With Arduino
Continuing Education Center 6/10/2014 737 comments The discussion will focus on how to start using Arduino for electronics projects prototyping. Definitions of key words used in the development of Arduino projects will be explained along with the following topics: Arduino IDE; what is a Sketch; and basic Arduino projects.
June 9 - Day 1: Arduino Basics
Continuing Education Center 6/9/2014 834 comments The Arduino is a user-friendly electronics rapid development platform used by engineers, educators, and makers to make awesome products for consumer and industrial markets. An overview of the Arduino will be explained along with the following topics: What is an Arduino; website sources for Arduino; what can you do with an Arduino; example projects; and the Arduino architecture.
May 23 - Day 5: C++ for Embedded - Case Study No. 2
Continuing Education Center 5/23/2014 517 comments In this session a practical application of C++ is described, which is directly relevant to embedded developers: the implementation of read-only ports. The discussion is extended to consider further use of C++ to enable easy use of peripheral hardware.
May 21 - Day 3: C++ & a Real-Time Operating System
Continuing Education Center 5/21/2014 694 comments Application software normally interacts with a real-time operating system by means of a library of function calls. C++ code may also work in this way, but in this session an approach to using the object-oriented capabilities of C++ to define a more flexible interface is described.
May 20 - Day 2: A C to C++ Migration Strategy
Continuing Education Center 5/20/2014 592 comments As most embedded programming is currently performed using C, it is likely that developers will need to transition their code and their working practice to C++. This session proposes a strategy that enables the benefits of C++ to be realized quickly and incrementally.
May 19 - Day 1: C++ for Embedded Programming
Continuing Education Center 5/19/2014 869 comments This session reviews some key features of the C++ language that are of interest to the embedded software developer. Also, some language features and implementation details that may be troublesome are highlighted and explained.
May 9 - Day 5: Ethics, Dangers, Perception & Control
Continuing Education Center 5/9/2014 316 comments We will discuss how we control and manipulate this technology, and how this technology will be able to control and manipulate us. Very few of us could survive a real societal, social, or environmental meltdown. As many of us embrace the new awareness and consciousness that will be direct neural connectivity to an even more vast machine, our individuality may be overcome with the need for connectivity to sustain our jobs, and even our lives. Welcome to the Machine.
May 8 - Day 4: Security, Identification & Virtual Presence
Continuing Education Center 5/8/2014 347 comments We will look at ways in which security, identification, privacy, and individuality will be affected. We are constantly being surveyed, judged, evaluated, classified, etc. The technologies that will be "marketed" to us will seemingly solve problems and have desired features, but will require us to be an even more tightly coupled part of the machine. This includes physical control of the outside world with our minds, as well as the outside world being able to control our minds.
May 7 - Day 3: Research & Futures
Continuing Education Center 5/7/2014 421 comments While researchers and select vendors may have access to some of tomorrow’s technology, for the most part, the next generation is in the wings. Modern processor densities, performance levels, and communications links allow high-level distributed processing environments to surround us each within our own little electromagnetic bubble. These Personal Area Networks will continue to interface and graft as we become electro-bionoids, providing us with ever-increasing levels of control and information.
May 6 - Day 2: Modern Advances & Electricity Changes All
Continuing Education Center 5/6/2014 426 comments We will look at how the electronics age has rapidly filled our modern-day lives with machines and interfaces that we depend on. The machine we already live inside sustains us and our ability to interface with it helps us advance. While early machine interfaces were large, bulky, electro-mechanical assemblies, time has given way to streamlined and efficient technology for presentation and display of data, as well as clever ways to interact with machines.
May 5 - Day 1: Machines of the Past & Advances That Changed History
Continuing Education Center 5/5/2014 384 comments We will begin by looking at how we developed as a species in conjunction with our machines, examine driving factors and necessities that spawned inventiveness, and look at the early inventions that helped us survive and advanced us significantly. We will review inventions that pioneered the user interfaces and how machinery has evolved to become safer and easier to use, and to provide improved productivity.
April 25 - Day 5: Debugging Our RTOS Application
Continuing Education Center 4/25/2014 337 comments Now that our code is written, we need to be able to test and debug it. In this class, we will see how the debugger works with the RTOS to provide task-level debugging to help us debug and make the application work.
April 22 - Day 2: Defining the Tasks & Elements
Continuing Education Center 4/22/2014 327 comments In this class, we will block out our code and define what tasks will need to be written and how they will need to interact. We will look at the elements or modules that we will need to make use of in the RTOS.
April 21 - Day 1: Getting Started & Some Basics
Continuing Education Center 4/21/2014 360 comments In this class, we will define our project and select our target processor. We will be using the inexpensive KWIKSTIK evaluation board from Freescale so that those who wish may follow along. We will look at the MQX RTOS and what elements we will need for the project.
April 11 - Day 5: Sensors in Extreme Applications
Continuing Education Center 4/11/2014 328 comments The rules can change when sensor specifications exceed those for high-volume applications. High precision and accuracy sensors, as well as measurement extremes, often dictate different sensor technologies. This lecture will explore a few of the more challenging situations.
April 7 - Day 1: The Basics of Specifying Pressure Sensors
Continuing Education Center 4/7/2014 409 comments While pressure sensors provide one of the most frequent physical measurements, these sensors also have several nuances that can cause problems for those who do not work with them on a frequent basis. Our lecturer will discuss the issues in this class.
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