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A Subjective Introduction to the IoT

If you have no idea what is IoT and how to start your adventure with IoT, programming and networking, keep studying. This course is a painless introduction to the IoT technology.

A Subjective Introduction to the IoT
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Estimated 8 weeks
4–5 hours per week
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About this course

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This course covers an overview of selected IoT technologies, tools and methods. Firstly you'll find out what is IoT then we will guide you through the popular IoT hardware, including Arduino and Espressif ESP8266 and ESP32 System on Chips, sensors and actuators, finally through the introduction to the networking. Right enough for now to let you understand IoT idea, start programming and embrace IoT technology. Even configure your devices to talk to your home network and send data over MQTT to the cloud.

In details we discuss deeply the genesis of the IoT, enabling technologies that made IoT devices to hit over 20 billion of the devices to be interconnected by 2020. We also make a short review of the popular scenarios that extensively utilise IoT approach and devices. Once you get an IoT overview, it is time to step into the technical details. In the following part of the course, we will introduce you to the Arduino microcontrollers, Espressif ESP8266 and ESP32 as well as a number of popular sensors and actuators. Following section is on microcontrollers programming in popular Arduino IDE. Finally, we will introduce you to the IoT networking. In this course we use regular IP network with elementary MQTT application protocol presentation.

Course contains example codes in C++, usually "Hello World" style, including networking, communication with sensors and actuators and even short programming in C++ crash course.

At a glance

  • Institution: ITMOx
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
    • Secondary school (high school) physics; algorithmic.
    • Elementary understanding of computer networks, in particular IP networking.

What you'll learn

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  • Definition of IoT devices
  • Use cases and scenarios for IoT
  • IoT hardware including Arduino and Espressif SoCs
  • IoT sensors and actuators, their connectivity and its programmatic control
  • Programming in C++ general and specific for aforementioned SoCs
  • IP networking principles for Espressif SoCs.

Learner testimonials

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"Indeed a course you may take. Both for newbies like me and also for those who had some experience with Arduino but are aware of networking features of IoT world."- Previous Student

"IoT: from zero, to hero"- Previous Student

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