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Robotics and Embedded Systems

Nanodegree Program

This program provides a comprehensive education in key areas of embedded technology. The program includes three focused courses covering the fundamentals and advanced control techniques for stepper motors, the integration and use of various sensors including ultrasonic sensors and essential communication protocols, and I2C communication, debugging, and the integration of accelerometer sensors. Through hands-on experience and practical examples, students will gain the skills necessary to design, implement, and troubleshoot complex embedded systems.

This program provides a comprehensive education in key areas of embedded technology. The program includes three focused courses covering the fundamentals and advanced control techniques for stepper motors, the integration and use of various sensors including ultrasonic sensors and essential communication protocols, and I2C communication, debugging, and the integration of accelerometer sensors. Through hands-on experience and practical examples, students will gain the skills necessary to design, implement, and troubleshoot complex embedded systems.

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4 weeks

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Completion Certificate

Last Updated July 4, 2024

Skills you'll learn:

I2C • Sensors • Sensor calibration • Embedded System Communication Protocol Basics

Prerequisites:

Embedded Systems and Robotics Fluency • Basic Python

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome to the Nanodegree Program!

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Course 2 8 hours

Mastering Stepper Motors in Embedded Systems

This course covers the essentials of stepper motors and their control. You will learn about stepper motor basics, control techniques, and the use of device drivers and libraries. The course also emphasizes driver abstractions for modular, reusable code. Practical examples and case studies provide hands-on experience, preparing students to implement precise motor control in embedded systems.

Lesson 1

Stepper Motors

Explore stepper motors: their operation, driving modes like microstepping, applications in devices like printers, and their advantages over other motors.

Lesson 2

Controlling Stepper Motors

Explore controlling stepper motors like 28BYJ-48 with ULN2003 & A4988 drivers, covering wiring, power, & programming for precision projects.

Lesson 3

Using Device Drivers and Libraries

Discover how to find and use device drivers and libraries for projects, including key differences, advantages, selection criteria, and application considerations.

Lesson 4

Driver Abstractions

Explore driver abstractions, including HAL's role, creating generic interfaces, implementing wrappers, and phases of driver development: design, implement, test.

Course 3 8 hours

Embedded Systems: Sensor Integration and Communication

This course covers sensor integration and communication protocols. You will learn about different types of sensors, including external and ultrasonic sensors, and their interfacing techniques. The course also teaches essential communication protocols for effective data transmission. By the end of this course, you will be equipped to implement and manage sensor-based systems in embedded applications.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Sensors

Explore sensor basics, types like environmental & motion, how they measure changes & importance in automation, healthcare, and environmental monitoring.

Lesson 2

External Sensors

Explore external sensors' role, advantages, and trade-offs for system integration, including considerations like accuracy, cost, and environmental impact.

Lesson 3

Ultrasonic Measurements

Discover ultrasonic measurement: principles, HC-SR04 sensor operation, interfacing with ESP32, limitations, and real-world applications.

Lesson 4

Communication Protocols

Explore the fundamental aspects of communication protocols, their applications in digital communications, and their role in ensuring efficient data exchange.

Course 4 6 hours

Efficient I2C Communication and Sensor Integration

This course covers I2C communications, debugging I2C devices, and integrating accelerometer sensors. You will learn to interface, transmit data, debug I2C devices, and utilize accelerometers in embedded systems, gaining practical skills for reliable implementation and troubleshooting.

Lesson 1

I2C Communications

Explore I2C protocol fundamentals, including how devices communicate over two wires, addressing, clock stretching, and practical applications.

Lesson 2

Debugging I2C Devices

Explore techniques for troubleshooting I2C devices, including bus analysis, signal integrity checks, and common communication issues.

Lesson 3

Accelerometer Sensors

Explore accelerometer sensors: functions, types, signal processing, applications in technology, and hands-on projects for real-world understanding.

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José Cano

Software Developer at Globant

José Cano is a software developer at Globant, where he works for a gaming company. He previously worked as an IoT developer focusing on creating embedded devices for monitor and remote controlling applications. He is very passionate about DIY projects and creating his own devices to perform different tasks.

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