Monday, October 1, 2018

Week Five Experience Documentation

  • As a class we were introduced to Instructables, an online site used to learn how to make things and contribute to a community of knowledge.
    • The process of finding new things is easy.
    • There are competitions for creating good projects and posts.
    • There are some really interesting projects, and a wide variety in all subjects.
  • We were given an assignment to examine good, bad, and ugly posts to get an idea of good formatting and practice.
  • We were briefed on the final project.
    • We were told that we will post our project and findings on Instructables at the end.
    • We were told that we will be using some sort of sensor in our project, so we should browse to get an idea of what kind of sensors are available.
  • We learned how to use a multimeter.
    • We learned how to measure voltage, amps, and ohms.
    • We learned how to check if materials are conductive and how to check whether links exist in the circuit (such as what the power connects to in the circuit.)
  • I worked on my final project.
    • Finally soldered circuit board, but while the touch points worked at first, they stopped making sound so will have to speak with Thomas before continuing.
  • Sensor Research.
    • Examined the Boe Bot project that uses sensors that differentiate between black and white lines.
    • Read a post that mentioned temperature reading sensors.
      • The post also gives ideas such as programming objects to illuminate when certain events are triggered.
    • Short reading on types of sensors. The reading discussed:
      • IR Sensors
      • Ultrasonic Sensors
      • Touch Sensors
      • Proximity Sensors
      • Pressure Sensors
      • Level Sensors
      • Smoke and Gas Sensors

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