Input Devices

:blush: Updated for 2020 evaluation standards!

The second half of the Fab Academy programme is designed to build on the previous weeks. You will be synthesising information and implementing skills that you were introduced to in the first half of the programme and encouraged to integrate these into your final project proposal.

  • Group assignment
    • Probe an input device(s)'s analog and digital signals
    • Document your work (in a group or individually)
  • Individual assignment
    • Measure something: add a sensor to a microcontroller board that you have designed and read it.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate workflows used in sensing something with input device(s) and MCU board

Have you?

  • Linked to the group assignment page
  • Documented what you learned from interfacing an input device(s) to microcontroller and how the physical property relates to the measured results
  • Documented your design and fabrication process or linked to previous examples.
  • Explained the programming process/es you used
  • Explained problems and how you fixed them
  • Included original design files and source code
  • Included a ‘hero shot/video’ of your board


What does "probe" mean?

Answer: A test probe is a physical device used to connect electronic test equipment to a device under test (DUT). To probe means to measure, observe or monitor signals with test probes.

Is the satsha kit/fabduino I fabricated considered a valid board for this assignment?

Answer: Fabricating an unmodified board is considered as electronics production. It doesn't count towards any design skill. You must make some significant changes to the original satsha kit/fabduino, for the board to be considered your own design.

Can I use a breadboard and/or jump wires to interface my input device(s)

Answer: No. You can't use a breadboard. If you use wires, they must be soldered or connected with connectors.