IFD:Get Connected

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Title (alt): Get Connected
Lecturer(s): Johannes Deich
Credits/SWS: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Maximum Number of Participants: 15
Course Language: English
First meeting: Tuesday, April 10, 3:15 pm
Date: Tuesdays, 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room 102


This course offers the opportunity to get engaged with applications of networked “things“. Here we investigate the potential of possible communicative abilities where as “things“ are directly connected to other “things“. Understanding the basic structure of a sensor/actor in relationship with a micro controller unit is essential in order to create a language for delivering and receiving information within a network of their equals. Regarding the interconnectivity of shared information, we will create certain use cases and corresponding prototypes that will investigate in more detail the subjected communicative real-time abilities of many. In this context, we will encounter various technologies such as Bluetooth, Wifi and WebSockets including Serial Communication for the purpose of being able to develop networked applications.

Technical approach

The following technologies and languages will be encountered within the course:

  • Serial Communication
  • WebSocket
  • c
  • Node.js (Javascript)
  • HTML
  • Preferably Arduino microcontrollers. Alternatively, these boards can be used as well: Raspberry Pi’s and Beagle Bone Boards
  • Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy 4.0
  • WiFi
  • Various sensors/actors

Admission requirements

This course will be held in english and is dedicated for master students enrolled in another IFD course offering, or with instructor permission. Basic knowledge of electronics, microcontrollers and software development is required. Furthermore, it is assumed to purchase electronic components, like sensor modules, wires, batteries and so forth (depending on your project).

Registration procedure

Please send your application by email with the 'Get Connected' to: johannes.deich (äht) uni-weimar [d0t] de

  • Name, Surname
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
  • Valid email address @uni-weimar.de (no other mailing addresses will be accepted) Why?
  • Short sentence on why you want to participate in this course.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of weekly assignments and presentations.

Eligible participants

MFA Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFA Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture. Students from other departments will have to ask faculty staff wether credit points can be taken into account or not.



Assignments / Reading List



  • Dourish, Paul. Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction. 1. MIT Press paperback ed. A Bradford Book. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004.
  • Greengard, Samuel. The Internet of Things. MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2015.


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