Learn Prototyping and Programming for ESP32 Wearable Devices

This free online class will give you IEEE hours while you learn to prototype and program wearable devices.

Design News Staff

October 31, 2022

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Starting on Monday, November 14, and running through November, Design News will present the free course, Prototyping and Programming ESP32 Wearable Devices. Each class runs for one hour, beginning at 2:00 Eastern. You can also earn IEEE Professional Development Hours for participating. If you are not able to attend the class schedule, the course will be available on demand.

This webinar course will explore prototyping wearable sensing and control devices using an M5Core2 ESP32 controller. Design News CEC participants will learn how to build and program environmental sensing, personal protection, and wireless controls using the M5Core IoT ESP32 controller as a wearable device’s development platform. Bluetooth controls, RGB display effects, and environmental sensing are concepts to be explored using this ESP32-based development platform. High-level and visual programming languages and basic electronic sensing and control units will allow a hands-on learning experience for CEC participants.

Here’s a Breakdown of Prototyping and Programming ESP32 Wearable Devices day by day:

Day 1: Introduction to Wearable Devices

This first-day course will introduce CEC participants to wearable device technology. The introduction will cover the M5Core ESP32 IoT controller as a wearable device’s development platform, and then the M5Core ESP32 controller’s architecture will be explained. A lab project will explore the setup of the no-code programming environment to create a Hello World wearable

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Day 2: M5Core IoT Starter Kit Overview

The M5Core IoT Starter kit will be explained to CEC participants. The various sensors and electronic units will be examined through mini hands-on activities. A wearable electronic flashlight will be presented as a lab project.

Day 3: Wearable Devices Design Methods

Research-based approaches to designing wearable devices will be presented in this day 3 session. A series of mini-lab activities will illustrate user interface (UI) techniques for proper interaction layout and engagement. Further, CEC participants will learn how to prototype a wearable humidity-temperature detector unit.

Day 3: Wearable Audible Alert Devices

CEC participants will learn about wearable audible alert device concepts through a series of mini lab activities. The M5Core amplifier and the tone generation feature will be presented in this day 4 session.

 Day 5: A Wearable Bluetooth Controller

In this final class session, CEC participants will learn how to develop a wearable Bluetooth controller using the M5Core. Various Bluetooth serial terminal tools will be presented and reviewed in this session. Further Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology will be examined. CEC participants will build a wearable Bluetooth controller as the final lab project. 

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Meet your instructor: Don Wilcher


Don Wilcher is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Education Researcher, Instructor, Maker and Book Author. He is currently an Education Doctoral Student studying Personalized Learning and Competency Based Instruction. He researches Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications and their impact on Personalized Learning, Competency Based Models curriculum and instructional development in the fields of Mechatronics, Automation, Electronics, and Industrial Maintenance Technologies.

Digi-Key Continuing Education Center, presented by Design News, will get you up to working speed quickly in a host of technologies you've been meaning to study, but haven't had the time – all without leaving the comfort of your lab or office. Our faculty of expert tutors has divided the interdisciplinary world of design engineering into five dimensions: microcontrollers (basic and advanced), sensors, wireless, power, and lighting.

You can register for the free class here.

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