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Open Hardware Workshop Inaugurated

Open Hardware Workshop Inaugurated
July 24, 2015 - 4:54pm

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Dept of Electronics and Communication engineering, the department organised a hands on training workshop on Open hardware in collaboration with ICFOSS. Open hardware initiative kerala is a program to promote and support open source hardware development and bring up next generation of hardware entrepreneurs. The workshop conducted in association with the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) was the first activity of this initiative.  About 70 students, both graduate and under graduate from various colleges across Kerala attended the 3 day workshop conducted from 23 July to 26 July 2015.  The program was chaired by the principal, CET, Dr. J. David. Chief guest for the day was Dr. P.K Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor of Kerala University. Also on the dias were Mr. R Srinivasan, Senior Consultant, ICFOSS Technopark, Dr. Vrinda V Nair, Dean of PG Studies, Prof. Jyothis Thomas, Dean of UG Studies, and Dr. Abdul Nizar, Head of department Computer Science and Prof. E. S. Shajahan.

The workshop included hands on training Arduino circuit design, serial port communication, wifi module interfacing and IoT using Arduino. Introduction to other boards like Raspberry pie and Veagle bome were given. The session also covered basics of linux and python scripting.

About the Course

Open Hardware Initiative Kerala

Department of Electronics and Communication, college of Engineering Trivadrum is launching a state wide program for the Engineering College Students in the State. The objective the intiative is to spread the philosophy of designing with open hardware amongst the engineering college students in Kerala and to motivate them to take up their final year projects based on open hardware platforms.

Philosophy of Open Hardware

Like open source software, the "source code" for open hardware—schematics, blueprints, logic designs, Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings or files, etc.—is available for modification or enhancement by anyone under permissive licenses. Users with access to the tools that can read and manipulate these source files can update and improve the code that underlies the physical device. They can add features or fix bugs in the software. They can even modify the physical design of the object itself and, if they wish, proceed to share such modifications.

Open hardware's source code should be readily accessible, and its components are preferably easy for anyone to obtain. Essentially, open hardware eliminates common roadblocks to the design and manufacture of physical goods; it provides as many people as possible the ability to construct, remix, and share their knowledge of hardware design and function.

Open Hardware Workshop

This four day course ( from July 23 to July 26, 2015 ) is conducted as part of the Open Hardware Kerala Initiative. The course will provide basic introduction and hands on training in open hardware platforms. Students in Engineering Colleges in Kerala can apply for the course. The participants will get an open hardware based board as part of the course material. The number of participants is limited to 70.

Course Content

FOSS and FOSH (free and Open Source Software and Hardware) Embedded system design - Choosing Open Hardware for your project - Introduction to Arduino platform Schematic - Arduino IDE - Installing required drivers - Programming Arduino - introduction to Raspberry Pi - Some basic examples using GPIO pins - Design of a new CETDuino board - PWM generation using using ADC - Using UART - Reading room temperature and data logging using UART Interfacing ESP8266 Wi-Fi module .

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