Create a Simple Home Monitoring Device
This class is for beginners interested in unlocking the hardware potential of their Raspberry Pi so that it can interact with the physical world.
This is the first class on Skillshare to cover the Raspberry Pi and contains just over 3 hours of video instruction.
During the course we'll take this pile of stuff:
And turn it into this:
The class will start with the very basics of setting up a Raspberry Pi straight out of the box. It will then cover 3 main capabilities provided by the Raspberry Pi for physical computing:
Students will become very familiar with each of these via the class project which will be to create a very simple home monitoring device.
At the end of the class, students will have the basic knowledge and skills required to start creating their own Pi-based hardware projects.
The Class Will Cover the Following:
As needed, the class will discuss basic electronics principles but is not meant to provide deep coverage of that topic. I'll walk you through everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun. The class will use the Python programming language. Programming experience is not required but will definitely help.
The following is a shopping list of items for the class project if you wish to follow along:
Raspberry Pi (power supply, SD card, keyboard, monitor, internet connection via ethernet cable or wifi adapter)
Pi Case (optional but recommended) - Make sure you can still access the header pins.
Soldering Iron and Solder (very little soldering, maybe borrow)
Several Feet of Hookup Wire
330 resistor (1)
1K resistor (3)
10K resistor (2)
LED (any color)
Breadboard-Mountable Push Button
Break Away Male Header Pins (optional for solding to breakout boards)
To help with your shopping I've created a shopping list at Sparkfun which contains almost everything you will need. While the temp sensor and display are only sold by Sparkfun you can get the rest of the parts from any distributor like Mouser, Newark or Digikey. I love Sparkfun but recommend NOT buying breadboards from them as they are very difficult to break in.
If you're in Europe you can find a lot of this stuff at proto-pic which should save you some money on shipping.
If you have any questions about the list of the materials before making a purchase feel free to contact me at sidwarkd at hardlysoftware dot com.
I'm an electrical engineer by degree and a software developer by profession. I have always had a passion for combining hardware and software and have spent over a decade hacking on per...
I have really enjoyed this class and would recommend it for anyone eager to get more out of their raspberry pi. It starts simple and moves through adding different pieces to give you m...