Sun Nov 12 – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular communications with Arduino

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Cost:

$60 Non members/$50 Members

What:

In this workshop, we will learn how to use popular Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular modules with the Arduino to connect our Arduino projects to other devices, including local networks, smartphones, and the Internet. We will cover among others the ESP8266, ESP32, Bluetooth Classic modules like the HC-06, and several Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and cellular module options suitable for use with Arduino boards.

Come to the workshop if:

• You want to learn about the various popular communications modules that are available for makers.

• You want to gain hands-on experience building things with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cellular connections

• You want to acquire a key building block in converting your projects into fully connected devices in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) creations

• You want to get started with building smartphone apps wirelessly connected to your Arduino

Agenda:

• Introductions

• How to program the exchange of data between a PC and Arduino, and between an Android smartphone and Arduino using popular Wi-Fi modules

• How to program the exchange of data between a PC and Arduino, and between an Android smartphone and Arduino using popular Bluetooth modules

• How to use cellular modules for sending and receiving text messages from/on the Arduino

• How to connect the Arduino to cloud data storage services

Materials:

• Your favorite Arduino board

• Breadboard

• Hookup wires

• Arduino USB cable for programming

• Personal computer with Arduino IDE installed

Note: instructor will have Arduino boards and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular modules samples for participants to use in the workshop

November 4 @ 10:30am – Arduino Sensors and Actuators

Join us Saturday, November 4 at 10:30am for a cool class about Arduino Sensors and Actuators!

Cost:
Members: $50
Non-members: $60
Buy tickets here: https://squareup.com/store/makerlab-nw

Please note: RSVPing on meetup or facebook does not guarantee you a spot in the workshop. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sensors and actuators are used in virtually all the technologies that surround us from smartphones to devices in our cars, to appliances in our offices and homes.
Sensors are devices that capture physical properties such as temperature, pressure, humidity, location, light intensity, resistance, force, gravity, weight, etc. and convert them into digital inputs for the Arduino.
Actuators are devices that do the opposite: they take digital signals from the Arduino and convert them into light, sound, motion, display readings and other outputs that change the physical environment.

Come to the workshop if:
• You want to gain hands-on experience interfacing the Arduino with commonly-used sensors and actuators,
• You want to acquire a key building block in learning how to convert your projects into fully interactive creations
• You are already working on a project with sensors and actuators and just need a bit of extra knowledge and/or assistance to proceed
• You plan to attend upcoming workshops in this series where we learn to build an interface the Arduino with interactive smartphone apps

Agenda:
• Introductions
• Sensor and actuator: devices most commonly used and how to select them
• Interfacing devices with the Arduino (analog and digital GPIOs, Serial, I2C, SPI, other)
• Selecting sensor and actuator libraries to speed up prototyping
• Using serial monitor/terminals and Processing to visualize sensor data
• Hands-on project: choose one or multiple sensors to control actuators

Example demos and hands-on projects:
• Visualizing a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnitometer with Processing
• Controlling a 12V-powered solenoid via a relay
• Animating a neopixel light strip or ring using a potentiometer
• Controlling a servo motor or a stepper motor using a capacitive sensing strip
• Using temperature to control a computer fan
• And many more. The only limits are your imagination and available technologies

Materials:
• Your favorite Arduino board
• Your favorite sensor and actuator devices
• Breadboard
• Hookup wires
• Arduino USB cable
• Personal computer with Arduino IDE installed
• Optional: install Processing stable release: https://processing.org/download/
• Note: instructor will have Arduino Uno boards and device samples to borrow