Beyond Arduino: Electronics for Developers & Makers - (GPIO)
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Beyond Arduino: Electronics for Developers & Makers - (GPIO)

Learn beyond the basics of electronics and hardware design for your embedded hardware or IoT projects.
4.3 (256 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Design the hardware around your IoT applications
  • Design add-on circuitry for popular development boards such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
  • Understand how a microcontroller interacts with its supporting hardware
  • A development platform is recommended to get the most out of this course. Anything from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to the BASIC Stamp, TI Launchpad or NXP Freedom board will do. Even stand alone microcontrollers such as NXP s08, microchip PIC or TI MSP430 will do.
  • Some actuators and sensors, not necessarily designed to work with your development platform. Anything you'd like to experiment with, such as RC servos, LCD displays, temperature sensors, motors, accelerometers, optical encoders, potentiometers and so on.
  • Some basic knowledge of how to run your code in your development platform is assumed.
  • Some basic knowledge on electronics is assumed, such as Ohm's Law, Series and Parallel Circuits, Voltage, Current, and so on

In this course you will learn that there's more to life than the Arduino Uno and that there's probably a better way to do what you've been doing with microcontrollers. Yes, Arduino is an excellent platform to get you started, but you will learn that Arduino is not part of the day to day electronics you use like your TV, microwave oven or car dashboard. 

Do you know how the supporting hardware in a microcontroller work? Well, you will learn that here. Also as a bonus you will learn how the functions in dumbed-down libraries work. 

This is not exactly a hands-on course, not if you don't want it to be. There are no promises on the projects you’ll make because I won’t force you to build something you didn’t choose to. However, I strongly recommend that you code along. Several microcontroller development platforms are showcased, but you should follow the examples with your own microcontroller.

You should know that most lectures have the following elements:

-Recommended Material

-“Recall” Slide

-Actual lecture content

-Live Demo

- and Quizzes

Who this course is for:
  • Makers who have some experience with hardware and would like to learn how these circuits work with as few equations as possible.
  • Coders who were introduced to hardware through some development board popular in the Maker movement, such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino (e.g. blinking an LED, reading push button input)
  • Beginners who would rather skip the boring theory and math, and dive into fun hands- on applications that move, light up and make sounds instead.
  • This course is not for advanced hardware designers or electrical engineers.
  • This is not an introductory Microcontroller course. You will not learn to use an Arduino board by taking this course.
  • This is not a theoretical electronics course. Some of the basics are covered but we won't study differential equations, transforms, or transfer functions.
  • This is not a programming introductory course. You won't learn C, python or Java by taking this course.
Course content
Expand all 109 lectures 06:05:11
+ Introduction
6 lectures 07:02

The course content is roughly divided by the section topics.

Most sections have the following structure:

  • A Recommended Material lecture with the things you need to know before you start the section.
  • A dedicated slide to remind you of the key concepts we're about to use.
  • The actual content of the lesson.
  • A wrap up slide with the concepts you have learned in the lesson.
Preview 01:14

Hi, and thanks for taking this course :)

Instructor Introduction

This video describes the recommended knowledge and material to take the most out of this course.

What You'll Need
What You'll Learn
Your Own Projects
Content Distribution
+ The Usual Microcontroller Architecture
5 lectures 12:09
Recommended Material
What's inside
Some Real Block Diagrams
Some Kind of Parallelism

Test your undesrtanding of the basic microcontroller architecture.

3 questions
+ Pin Multiplexing
2 lectures 09:20
Some Example Microcontrollers

Test your knowledge on Pin Multiplexing

Pin Multiplexing
2 questions
+ Development Tools
4 lectures 14:13
Beginner vs Advanced Tools
Who the Target Audience is
Some Example Development Tools
Some Reasonable, Undeniable Remarks
+ LEDs 101
5 lectures 23:58
Recommended Material
LEDs 101: How to Turn LEDs On and Off
LEDs 101: Calculating the Series Resistance
LEDs 101: Multicolor LEDs
LEDs 101: Not Exactly Building Blocks

Test your knowledge on LEDs

LED Series Resistance Calculations
3 questions
+ Pulse Width Modulation
6 lectures 15:27
Recommended Material
PWM: Periodic Pulses
Rectangular Signals
PWM: Pulse Width Modulation
Power Control
Analog Signal Generation

Test your knowledge on PWM

Pulse Width Modulation
9 questions
This project is intended for you to get a closer experience with Pulse Width Modulation in a very basic and rudimentary implementation. Your task is to make a simple endless loop program that will send a PWM signal to an LED in order to modify its brightness.
Optional Project: Pulse Width Modulation
3 questions
+ LED Display Scan Algorithm
8 lectures 35:14
Recommended Material
LED Arrays
Controlling LED Arrays
The 7 Segment Hardware
The Algorithm
The Decode Function
Numbers with a Decimal Point
+ Live Demo: 7-Segment Scan Algorithm with the BASIC Stamp 2
6 lectures 31:41
The BASIC Stamp 2: The Good
The BASIC Stamp 2: The Bad
The Hardware
The BASIC Stamp Software
The Scan Function in PBASIC
The Decode Subroutine and Live Demo
+ Live Demo: 7-Segment Scan Algorithm with the Tiva C Launchpad
6 lectures 23:30
The Hardware
The Tiva C Launchpad
The Launchpad Development Software
The Scan Function
The Decode Function and Live Demo
Why is it missing counts?
+ What's Wrong with This Algorithm?
5 lectures 19:30
What's Wrong with This Algorithm
The Original Scan Algorithm
A Better Scan Algorithm
What about Interrupts?
Can we do Better?