Ubiquitous computing is all around us. Devices such as Digital set top boxes, DVD players, Alarm systems and even some fridge freezers contain embedded computers that are invisible to the outside world.
The SenseBoard demonstrates some of the capabilities of a ubiquitous (embedded) computer and has been developed by our department for use on various OU modules and other projects. Used in conjunction with the Sense software, it provides the user with some of the facilities of a research laboratory in something that fits in the palm of the hand.
It is a custom built board and contains a microcontroller, a range of sensors and fits on a magnetic baseboard to keep things tidy. It also contains input sockets that allow additional sensors to be connected, as well as being able to drive servo's, a stepper motor and a Piezo sounder. Here is a comprehensive list of features.
- Plug and play USB connection
- Infra-red detector
- Four analogue input ports
- Push button control
- Slider control
- Six built in coloured LEDs
- Servo and Stepper motor control
The SenseBoard forms part of an experiment kit that is currently being used on a new 60 point Open University module 'TU100 My Digital Life' and will provide students with a means to learn how to program in an easy and user friendly way using the Sense software. In addition to the above standard features on the SenseBoard, the following is included in the kit.
- Ambient Light sensor cable assembly
- Temperature sensor cable assembly
- Movement/Vibration sensor cable assembly
- PP3 9V Battery Holder
- Stepper Motor
- Moveable base & clips (for mounting sensor cable assemblies)
- Infra-red LED cable assembly
- USB Cable
- 3.5mm Jack extension cable (for use with sensors)
- Magnetic baseboard
Images of the TU100 experiment kit can be found on our E&AVP projects page.
If you would like further info on the SenseBoard, Sense software and TU100 My Digital Life, please click on the following link.
TU100 My Digital Life