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Examples of IoT and Physical Computing Technologies

Examples of IoT and Physical Computing Technologies

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About This Collaborative

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network and data that emerges from adding physical computing components such as sensors, actuators, and network adapters to everyday objects. This new area of research promises to revolutionize our interaction with the physical world by providing levels of analytics and automation previously reserved for digital domains. IoT work is inherently interdisciplinary, for example Computer Scientists may manage the data models and information flows of such a network, while Designers may create physical computing objects to provide a compelling user experience. The goal of this collaborative is to enable such a collaboration and help develop students with the skills to lead IoT research and development in the future through two synergistic activities: weekly “hack” sessions to experiment with technologies like Arduinos, littleBits, and LilyPads to develop physical computing skills, and a monthly speaker seminar to create a community and connect with relevant internal and external entities with IoT interests and expertise.

If you are a student—in any major and with any level of experience—you are particularly encouraged to join us! We will meet every Friday from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at rotating locations posted on the schedule below. You may choose to drop in on any of the days or if you are willing to commit to coming every week, you can sign up for a 1 credit independent study class with us (contact info below).

If you are a faculty member, a member of local tech industry, or an interested member of the local community, you are encouraged to join us at any of the sessions to learn something new and to share what you already know! If you want to pitch a topic for more focused study or for workshopping in one of the sessions, we are excited to hear from you (contact info below)!

Here's an example of what a hack session looks like! It's a digital play space!

Here’s an example of what a hack session looks like! It’s a digital play space!


Weekly Schedule

For ease of use, please consider simply adding our Google Calendar to your existing calendaring system, using this iCal link.

Spring 2017 Schedule:

===Date=== Location======================= Details===
01/20 ME 2134 Welcome and intro for new folks
01/27 ME 2134 Intro to home automation (HA) projects
02/03 ME 2134 Order HA project supplies
02/10 ME 2134 Learn ideas & skills for HA projects
02/17 ME 2134 Begin HA projects or other build stuff
02/24 ME 2134 Continue HA or other projects
03/03 ME 2134 Continue HA or other projects 
03/10 ME 2134 Continue HA or other projects 
03/17 NO MEETING SPRING BREAK
03/24 ME 2134 Complete HA or other projects
03/31 ME 2134 Demo HA projects to others
04/07 ME 2134 Flex week (may be used for talks/trips)
04/14 ME 2134 Flex week (may be used for talks/trips)
04/21 ME 2134 Last session! Reflection and planning!

 

For reference, here’s everything we did in Fall 2016!

===Date=== Location======================= Details===
09/09 Northrop 240 Welcome and intro to this collaborative!
09/16 Northrop 240 Discuss continuity; build stuff!
09/23 Northrop 240 Assign officers; Maker playground — build something!
09/30 Northrop 240 Maker playground — build something!
10/07 Northrop 240 Decide on Halloween-themed projects and order supplies
10/14 Northrop 240 Learn skills you’ll need for the Halloween-themed projects
10/21 Northrop 240 Start Halloween themed projects
10/28 Northrop 240 Finish Halloween themed projects!
11/04 Northrop 240 Show off your finished halloween project!
11/11 Regis W206 Regis Art Center Field trip to eStudio
11/18 Northrop 240 Maker stuff
11/25 NO MEETING Happy Thanksgiving!
12/02 Northrop 240 Maker stuff & Neurohacking chats
12/09 Northrop 240 Last session! Reflection and planning!

 

For reference, here’s everything we did in Spring 2016!

===Date=== Location======================= Details===
01/22 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Welcome and intro to this collaborative!
01/29 Northrop 240 Assign officers; discuss continuity; build stuff!
02/05 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Photons on the network! Building stuff!
02/12 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Discuss the diversity of microcontrollers & build stuff
02/19 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Build stuff; field trip & guest speaker updates
02/26 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Build stuff, especially with LightBlue Beans
03/04 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Build and more LightBlue Beans stuff!
03/11 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Build stuff
03/18 NO MEETING Spring Break, no meeting!
03/25
308 E Hennepin Ave, suite 200
Mpls, MN 55414
SmartThings field trip! More detail via email list.
04/01 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Updates on collab, checking in with officers on progress. Usual building of stuff.
04/08 Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Parkway, Minneapolis
Field trip to the mnDrive Symposium!
04/15 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Soldering; LightBlue Bean how to add components
04/22 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio More soldering for those who want it!
04/29 Northrop 240 Talk by James Coughlin from PunchThrough Design
05/06 Northrop 110, Innovation Studio Last session! Reflection on the semester and plans for next year!

 

For reference, here’s everything we did in Fall 2015!

===Date=== Location======================= Details===
09/11 Rapson Courtyard Introductions and get started by playing with one of three fun electronic kits.
09/18 ProDUCT Lab in 2-242 Keller Want to learn how to solder? Also, keep working with electronic toolkits!
09/25 Northrop 240 Seminar Meeting: Rob Miller from ThingWorx
10/02 Rapson Courtyard Adding Internet-enabled components: Photons, Intel Kits, & LittleBits
10/09 eXperimental Media Space in Regis W123 eStudio with the ultrasonic welder and some of the other maker machines
10/16 ProDUCT Lab in 2-242 Keller Intel Galileos & IoT kits and keep exploring your own projects.
10/23 Rapson Courtyard Diane, Lucy, and Barry lead work with kits.
10/30 Northrop 240 Seminar Meeting: 4-for-1 lightning talks with Brad, Diane, Lana, and Lucy!
11/06 eXperimental Media Space in Regis W123 Continue working with electronics kits
11/13 Rapson Courtyard Continue working with electronics kits
11/20 eXperimental Media Space in Regis W123 Continue working with electronics kits
11/27 None Happy Thanksgiving, no meeting this week!
12/04 Rapson Courtyard Reflect on the semester and consider next steps for Spring semester
12/11 Wearable Tech Lab in 340 McNeal Learn more about wearable tech and experiment with awesome apparel technologies
12/18 Northrop 240 Seminar Meeting: Late lunch and a talk by Andrew Maxwell Parish!

Convener Information

This collaborative is a joint and interdisciplinary effort. The following faculty conveners are involved:

Lana is serving as the primary contact point for this collaborative, so please direct all email to her at lana@umn.edu.