Participants will explore the principles of robust electronics design for interactive installations and exhibits. Using the Museduino, an open-source system developed by the Cultural Technology Development Lab in Albuquerque, this hands-on workshop addresses the deployment of a microcontroller-based system with sensors and actuators that emphasizes scalability and extensibility. This workshop is open to beginners and experienced Arduino users. http://museduino.wordpress.com
What is Museduino?
Museduino is an open-source electronic exhibit development kit that addresses the deployment of a microcontroller-based system with sensors and actuators that is robust enough for a public installation.
Our main Museduino shield fits with any Arduino Uno compatible shield, and connects to satellites via Cat5 connections. Satellites extend the pins, accept external power (or can get 5V from the main shield), and can be up to 100 ft (30 meters) from the main microcontroller. Smorgasboard satellites can be daisy chained together for more pins & more distance! External power boards should be used at the end of a line.
Why should I use Museduino?
Museduino is designed with exhibit developers and artists in mind. We use open-source hardware and software with locally available, inexpensive components, whenever possible.
You should use Museduino, if, like us, you like to build interactive exhibits and installations where sensors and actuators might be at a distance yet need to communicate, where cables are a more sensible option than lots of wifi shields/beacons & xbees. Although the Museduino works really well with bluetooth shields, so you can do it all.
All equipment will be provided for use during the workshop. If participants finish the workshop with a specific project in mind, we will work with you to draw up an appropriate parts list and shopping resources.
price per student: $20
length: 2 Hrs – 10am -12pm
participant limit: 15 students
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