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What Is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a popular buzzword right now, but unlike many fads which have come and gone, the Internet of Things describes an important trend which is having lasting effects on society at large. The term itself, “Internet of Things”, is used to mean a variety of ideas, depending on the motivation and background of the speaker. This course will start by providing a definition of the term. We will talk about how various trends have enabled the Internet of Things, and how it changes the way design is performed. We will also discuss some of the ramifications that IoT is having on society today.

10 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Module 1 Introduction1m
Prof. Harris Takes You on a Tour of His Lab5m
Lecture 1.1: IoT Example: The Refrigerator10m
Lecture 1.2: IoT Devices9m
Lecture 1.3: IoT Devices vs. Computers6m
Lecture 2.1: Trends in the Adoption of IoT7m
Lecture 2.2: IoT Is Powerful and Pervasive9m
Lecture 3.1: Societal Benefits of IoT5m
Lecture 3.2: Risks, Privacy, and Security11m
4 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Course Overview10m
Module 1 Objectives1m
Module 1 Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz16m
4 hours to complete

Embedded Systems

In Module 1, we introduced the concept of the Internet of Things at a high level, defining the term and outlining its implications. In this module we explore some of the details involved in the design and implementation of IoT devices. Unlike traditional computer-based systems, IoT devices are “embedded” within other devices in order to provide enhanced functionality without exposing the user to the complexities of a computer. The users interact with the device in a natural way, similar to their interactions with any other objects in the world. In this way, an embedded system has an interface that conforms to the expectations and needs of the users. Establishing a natural interface requires that the embedded system interface with the physical world directly through sensors, which read the state of the world, and actuators, which change the state of the world. In this module we will discuss the structure of embedded systems and describe these interactions with the physical world.

9 videos (Total 66 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Lecture 1.1: What Are Embedded Systems?9m
Lecture 1.2: More on Embedded Systems8m
Lecture 1.3: Generic Embedded Systems Structure9m
Lecture 2.1: Components of Embedded Systems8m
Lecture 2.2: More on Components of Embedded Systems6m
Lecture 2.3: Sensors and Actuators (in the Lab)2m
Lecture 3.1: Analog/Digital Conversion9m
Lecture 3.2: Basic Equipment9m
2 readings
Module 2 Objectives10m
Module 2 Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz16m
4 hours to complete

Hardware and Software

IoT devices are implemented using both hardware and software components. Dedicated hardware components are used to implement the interface with the physical world, and to perform tasks which are more computationally complex. Microcontrollers are used to execute software that interprets inputs and controls the system. This module discusses the roles of both the hardware and software components in the system. The functions of common hardware components are described and the interface between the software and hardware through the microcontroller is explained. IoT devices often use an operating system to support the interaction between the software and the microcontroller. We will define the role of an operating system in an IoT device and how an IoT operating system differs from a standard one.

9 videos (Total 68 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Lecture 1.1: Hardware and Software6m
Lecture 1.2: Integrated Circuits7m
Lecture 1.3: Microcontroller Properties (Updated)13m
Lecture 2.1: Microcontroller Components10m
Lecture 2.2: Compilation and Interpretation6m
Lecture 2.3: Python vs. C/C++9m
Lecture 3.1: Operating Systems6m
Lecture 3.2: Task Support5m
2 readings
Module 3 Objectives10m
Module 3 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz16m
4 hours to complete

Networking and the Internet

An important aspect of the Internet of Things is that devices are networked in some way, and often connected to the Internet. Networking enables devices to communicate with other IoT devices and larger cloud-based servers. IoT devices can often be thought of as small parts of a much larger collective system which includes large servers based in the cloud. This module will introduce the basics of networking and the Internet protocol in particular. Eventually, most IoT devices are connected to the Internet, so understanding the protocols associated with the Internet is important to the design of IoT devices. We will also introduce the concept of a Mobile Ad Hoc Network, or MANET, which describes small, local networks of IoT devices.

10 videos (Total 56 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Lecture 1.1: Why is Networking Needed?6m
Lecture 1.2: WAN Structure5m
Lecture 1.3: Networking Components (Lab Tour)2m
Lecture 2.1: Internet Structure6m
Lecture 2.2: Protocols8m
Lecture 2.3: Protocol Stack6m
Lecture 3.1: TCP/IP Application Layer6m
Lecture 3.2: MANETs7m
Lecture 3.3: Packet Capture Demo6m
3 readings
Module 4 Objectives10m
Module 4 Readings10m
End-of-Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz16m
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By MESep 18th 2017

good course :)\n\nplease review my assignment to complete my course :(\n\nhttps://www.coursera.org/learn/iot/peer/qYW91/module-1-peer-review-identify-and-analyze-a-device/review/VBUuMpl_EeeuPhL2ByDlUA

By LLNov 27th 2017

Great class! Overall, it covers mostly the basics of Internet of Things. Good for those who are new to the field. Would not recommend it to those who have some knowledge on embedded systems already.



Ian Harris

Department of Computer Science

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