Creating with Gadgets
In this course, students will learn to use motors, relays, microcontrollers, and electronic components to design and build computer-controlled devices, small robots, and interactive gizmos increasingly employed in projects by artists, designers, and scientists. The primary tool will be the Arduino open source microcontroller environment. Developed for use by designers, artists, and hobbyists, the Arduino environment provides a wide array of options for implementing automation and interaction between a physical device and its environment. It is used in applications ranging from interactive installation art to smart home technologies and hardware control in scientific applications. The course will combine laboratory exercises, homework assignments, individual and group project work, and a culminating public presentation. No prerequisite.