This Introduction to Sensors DVD course and lab contains 10 video lessons that cover everything from the basic mechanical sensor to the more advanced electronic sensors and Arduino microprocessor. The lab comes fully stocked with all the components needed for the experiments along with an Arduino Nano.
This is an entry level program and assumes no prior knowledge of senors but by the course's end students will have a strong foundation in sensor technology and electronics.
A hands-on approach is taken that will teach you step-by-step about the different basic components used as sensors. Additionally, visuals are used throughout lectures to explain the theory behind how each sensor works and their role in the everyday electronics that we use, while keeping the math to a minimum.
Lesson 1: The Introduction
Want to learn about the different types of electronic sensors? Please start here! This lesson explains the course content, what expectations you should have and what parts are needed for the course.
Lesson 2: Tilt Sensor
The mechanical tilt sensor is one of the most basic types of sensors available. In this lesson we will learn how the tilt sensor uses some conductive balls to detect when the sensor has passed ± 90° of tilt.
Lesson 3: Temperature Sensor
The temperature sensor is a small component that packs a powerful punch. In this lesson, we’ll use a temperature sensor to output the current temperature inside the range of -40°C to +125°C
Lesson 4: Infrared Proximity Sensor
Knowing if something is in front of you is very useful for many different electronic applications. In this lesson we will use an infrared emitter and detector to sense if an object has crossed the sensor’s path.
Lesson 5: Infrared Encoder
Detecting changes in color and reflectivity can be achieved using an infrared emitter and phototransistor. In this lesson we’ll do just that by making a rotary encoder for tracking a motor’s movement.
Lesson 6: Sound Sensor
We all hear and use sound in our daily lives, so we must also learn how to detect sound electronically. In this lesson we will use an electret microphone to convert sound from an acoustic wave, into an electrical signal.
Lesson 7: Ultrasonic Proximity Sensor
Proximity detection is important for any application that needs to know if an object has crossed a sensor’s path. In this lesson we will learn how to use an ultrasonic proximity sensor to detect how far away an object is.
Lesson 8: Light Brightness Sensor
Light is an element that is crucial for life on earth and it is also something we can easily sense electronically. In this lesson we will use a photoresistor to detect changes in brightness by making a laser trip-line.
Lesson 9: Motion Detection Sensor
Motion detection is vital for most security systems and the PIR motion sensor is a popular choice in that area. In this lesson we will learn how the PIR motion sensor works and how we can use it to set off an alarm when motion is detected.
Lesson 10: Magnetic Sensor
Magnetic fields may be invisible but they are all around us with different strengths. In this lesson we’ll see how a hall effect sensor can be used to detect a magnetic field and be used as a magnetic motor encoder.
Arduino Nano Drivers:
In order to connect the Arduino Nano board to your computer, you will need the appropriate drivers for it. You can download drivers for the most common operating systems below:
Windows XP/7 -- MAC OS -- Linux
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