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IoT for Work, Life and Play

This course will teach you to imagine, create, and operate IoT systems for a variety of purposes in your life. Smart cities, buildings, living spaces and the environment of our future will depend on the usage of IoT ecosystems.

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About This Course

In this course, students will gain an understanding of how IoT products work and the increasing number of uses they have in our current and future society. Working with the same IoT technology that's being installed in cutting-edge lighting and smart city programs around the world, students will create their own intelligent lighting systems and learn how to connect them to the wireless internet and cloud data services. This is a hands-on, project based course, and students will have a physical, working intelligent lighting system by the completion.

Throughout the course, students will learn the fundamentals of Intelligent Lighting and to learn how Intelligent Lighting devices work. This includes the hardware, software, programming process, communications protocols, and lighting itself, as well as learning how to interface with cloud services such as Amazon Web Services.

What will I learn?

  • Review of how an IoT system works
  • The basics of light and color
  • LED components and luminaires
  • Cloud connected intelligent lighting systems
  • Hands-on practical building of an LED breadboard
  • Lab work to connect and control a light through the cloud
  • Wireless networks and how to use them
  • Antennae and RF propogation - how to get more range than bluetooth or WiFi

Course Staff

Rudi Hechfellner

Rudi Hechfellner

Rudi Hechfellner is the director of sensing technology and IoT strategy at IDT. Rudi has been in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years, including a 10 year period in the LED and lighting industry. His work experience includes working with the US Government to accelerate the adoption of energy-saving LED lighting which enabled consumer refund programs such as Energy Star. He holds an Electronic Engineering degree from FH Augsburg, Germany.

Dan Nobbe

Dan Nobbe

Dan Nobbe is a member of the Microfacturing Institutes team, where he contributes course content on wireless communications. He has 30 years of experience in the wireless industry, including RF integrated circuits and RF systems.

Dan is also the Director of IP Development at pSemi. He served as VP of VP of Corporate Research and Patent Development from 2014 to 2018. He joined pSemi/Peregrine in 2000 and served as VP of Engineering from 2002 to 2009 and then as VP of RF Integration from 2009 to 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are these courses for?

Our courses are primarily geared towards two specific groups:

  • Students of all ages looking to quickly and affordably gain highly marketable technology skills
  • Working professionals who want to improve their modern technical skills, as well as meet new people and build working projects

Can I take the courses at my own pace?

Our courses can be offered in an asynchronous (at-your-own-pace) or synchronous (instructor-led) mode.

How much weekly work is expected for a Microfacturing Institutes course?

Students taking MI courses can expect to spend roughly 3-6 hours per week on coursework for each class.

Does this course have prerequisites?

IoT for Work, Life and Play requires no previous technical background. We will teach anyone with basic math and science knowledge and a willingness to learn. Access to a laptop computer is required.

What web browser should I use?

Most current browsers will work just fine. Microfacturing Institutes courses use the Open edX platform, and the Open edX platform recommends using Chrome or Firefox.

Where can I get more information about upcoming Microfacturing Institutes courses?

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