Sensors and Sensor Circuit Design

Embedding Sensors and Motors will introduce you to the design of sensors and motors, and to methods that integrate them into embedded systems used in consumer and industrial products. You will gain hands-on experience with the technologies by building systems that take sensor or motor inputs, and then filter and evaluate the resulting data. You will learn about hardware components and firmware algorithms needed to configure and run sensors and motors in embedded solutions.

Created by: James Zweighaft

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Overall Score : 90 / 100

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Course Description

After taking this course, you will be able to:-Understand how to specify the proper thermal, flow, or rotary sensor for taking real-time process data. -Implement thermal sensors into an embedded system in both hardware and software.-Add the sensor and sensor interface into a microprocessor based development kit.-Create hardware and firmware to process sensor signals and feed data to a microprocessor for further evaluation.-Study sensor signal noise and apply proper hardware techniques to reduce it to acceptable levels.You will need to buy the following components to do the two course projects based on the videos in this module. Note that if you have already purchased the PSOC 5LP PROTOTYPING KIT, you do not need to buy it again. These parts may be purchased off the Digikey web site, www. Or, you may obtain the specs from the site, and purchase them elsewhere. These are the part numbers typed out, so you can copy and paste them into the Digikey web site. You will need one of each part.428-3390-NDNHD-0216BZ-RN-YBW-ND570-1229-NDA105970CT-ND

Instructor Details

James Zweighaft

James Zweighaft is an instructor at University of Colorado Boulder, where he created and teaches the graduate course Embedding Sensors and Actuators. Prior to joining the faculty, Jim worked over 30 years as a servo engineer in computer tape drives and robotic libraries at Storage Technology, Exabyte and Benchmark. In addition, he has worked with X-ray Computed Tomography systems for Imtec and 3M corporations. Jim holds Bachelors (Stony Brook University) and Masters (Cornell University) degrees in Electrical Engineering. He has authored 28 US utility patents.



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By Kadiri C on 26-Jan-19

This course is an intermediate level course.In fact it the most basic course for every electronic student who want to fight with sensors and its applications. The professor teaching in a cool pretty way such that any grade student can tackle with the course effectively.This course has financial aid option .So i rated it 5 . Fellow competitors please opt this course for better sharpening of your skill set.

By Shane m on 4-Apr-19

Great intro to sensors and embedded systems. Coding is simplified but that's probably good for an intro class.

By Ryan C on 11-Feb-19

This is a fairly well put together course, and I recommend it for anyone looking to gain knowledge of thermal and flow sensors and signal conditioning. One of my favorite things about the course was that I learned about the PSOC5 microcontroller, which is really a configurable system on chip. It is a very cool tool that I will likely use in the future! One complaint about the course is that the quizzes can be frustrating because some of the questions are worded strangely (to the point of being confusing), and the questions sometimes don't do a good job of testing your actual knowledge of the material and seem very arbitrary (sometimes it seems like they are trying to trick you into picking the wrong answer). Also, it took me a while to figure out that, in the multiple choice questions, the square check boxes mean that you can select more than one item, and the round check boxes mean that only one box can be selected. Recommendations for improvement would be to ensure that PDFs of the slides are provided in every lecture (the links we missing on some lectures), and to gear the quiz questions more toward material comprehension and less toward 'did this person watch the video.' All in all, I recommend this course.

By Aakriti B on 19-Mar-19

The course was amazing. The quizzes had few issues - even though my answers were right, the prompt said it was wrong. My answers matched according to the lectures as well as the slides, but somehow every iteration turned out wrong. This way it was hard to score maximum on those quizzes. Other than that, I loved the course and I learned a lot. Thanks for the material.

By paradigminversion on 11-Mar-19

I liked everything about the course except the exams. They were ambiguous and sometimes the answers were wrong. Furthermore, there's no feedback on why my answers were wrong. Whenever, only 11% of students pass an me it's not the students.However, the presentation and course content was great and very relevant to my work.

By Thomas H on 16-Feb-19

Very nice course. I enjoy the lectures very much. Unfortunately the forum is no active, very few questions, and no answer at all. I would love to take the specification if there is more support from course provider.

By Manuel C on 21-Feb-19

This course is a great overview of thermal and flow sensors and how to implement them as well as select them. It's also a great course in using the Cypress PSoC.

By Harsha V T on 9-Apr-19

Nice course. Learnt new things

By Md H on 6-Mar-19

This course has helped me understand the basics and intermediate level of Embedding System of Sensors especially Temperature sensor. It would certainly help me in my professional career and help in advancement in day to day work. The content and methodology is great. As I live in India where all the requisite components for the course were could be availed by importing only which took 2 months in total. It would be better if you purchase the materials well in advance. The content is great but not like spoon fed. You have to go through each step the trainer asks you follow, read the suggested material carefully to build basics and then only you will gain excellent knowledge. As I am a beginner to C Programming and Embedded System, it would take me much more than 5 weeks.

By Tanmoy S on 29-Jul-19

This course is extremely useful in fostering skills towards sensor designing and integrating.

By Dean R on 28-Jul-19

Well done course

By Andrew G on 19-Aug-19

A great way to review concepts about operational amplifiers and dive into sensor circuit design with an interesting lab/project