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One of the many goals of the newly formed SparkFun Department of Education is to expand our offering of classes. An often requested class has been an introduction to wireless communication.
If you're ready to go wireless, Exciting Xbee Series 1 and Series 2 are the classes for you. Veteran wireless teachers, including Robert Faludi (the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks), will lead you through the basics of radio networking and beyond. The class begins with an introduction to all the required components, serial terminals, AT commands and the basics of going wireless. The first project will be a basic chat session that demonstrates how to configure and connect a pair of XBee radios together.
We'll follow that with a simple doorbell project, using the direct connection features of the XBee radio to link electronic components. Finally we'll create an Arduino-based XBee midway-style horse race using acoustic sensors and XBee radio connections to generate an interactive group competition.
After you've had your fill Day 1, we'll come back at you for Day 2! The second day will start off again with creating a basic chat session. Then we'll be using the embedded I/O features of the XBee radio to create a remote Arduino sensor. Finally we'll develop a full Processing-based wireless simple sensor network using ZigBee radio connections to collect temperature data from numerous remotely-placed sensors.
These two days combined will give you an outstanding platform to start exploring the power of the XBee communication protocol! Note that the two days are separate classes, so if you want to attend both, you'll need to sign up for each class individually. Hope to see you out there!