Fachmodul, Werkmodul
Title: Let´s Make Things Talk
Lecturer: Johannes Deich
Credits/SWS[[SWS|Semesterwochenstunden]]: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Maximum Number of Participants: 15
Course Language: English
First meeting: October 10, 3:15pm, Marienstraße 1b, Room 201
Date: Tuesdays, 3:15 pm to 5:45 pm
Venue: Marienstraße 1b, Room 201


In this course we will focus on making „things“ and their communication abilities. We will develop various use cases and corresponding prototypes including mice controller units, sensors and actors, where “things“ are directly connected to other “things“. In this Regard, we will encounter Bluetooth and Wifi technologies in order to develop unique works.

For example: A plant pot that measures temperature and water level is considered as a “thing“. The measured information can be shared wirelessly with other “things“, like a computer, smartphone, display, loudspeaker, online service, etc. This flowerpot could twitter the latest results or writes you a personal SMS if water is low. Here, the communication possibilities are many and varied.

In this context, it is essential to understand a micro controller unit, sensors and actors in relationship with distinct wireless technologies. Furthermore, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons of these technologies, their field of applications, limitations and advantages in order to create an application that suits your interests best.

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

  • Serial Communication
  • Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy 4.0
  • WiFi
  • Preferably Arduino microcontrollers.

Alternatively, these boards can be used as well: Raspberry Pi’s and Beagle Bone Boards

  • Various sensors and actors
  • c
  • Node.js (Javascript)
  • HTML5/Javascript/CSS3

Admission requirements / Voraussetzung zur Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung

Basic knowledge regarding microcontrollers and electronics components is helpful, but technical pre-requisites are not required. Concurrent enrollment in other IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] courses offering is strongly encouraged.

Registration procedure / Anmeldung

Please register at the faculty's module registration on Tuesday, April 4th. Students who are not able to take part in the faculty module registration, please register until April 3rd by email with the Subject Let´s Make Things Talk to: johannes.deich (at) uni-weimar.de. Your email should contain the following information:

  • name, surname
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • wether you are a Bachelor or a Master student
  • 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.

Evaluation / Geforderte Prüfungsleistung zur Erlangung eines Leistungsnachweises

Active participation; developing a functional prototype/application within the context of wireless communication, documentation.

Eligible participants / Zielgruppe

Graduates enrolled in the Faculties of Media, Art and Design, and in the MediaArchitecture program.
Open to students of other departments, please ask the staff at your department wether the credit points can be taken into account.


To be annonced


  • Greengard, Samuel. The Internet of Things. MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2015.
  • Gallager, Robert G. Principles of Digital Communication. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.


  • Up to date information in the course's page on the MediaWiki:,Zeitraster