Wendy Ju is an associate professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and in the information science field at Cornell University. She is also on the faculty at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Ju comes to Cornell Tech from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, where she was Executive Director of Interaction Design Research, and from the California College of the Arts, where she was an Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Design MFA program. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding. Dr. Ju has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her monograph on “The Design of Implicit Interactions” was published in 2015.
Interactivity, by definition, is reciprocal activity, as interactive devices are designed to enable input and response between a user and a system. This course gives you firsthand experience with the basic building blocks that make up interactive devices. You will begin by walking through a course kit and identifying the function of each component. You will then explore step-by-step methodologies for analyzing circuit diagrams, physically assembling circuits, and programming interaction.
Through activities, you will practice analyzing circuits, assembling electronic circuits, and writing code, acquiring tools and best practices along the way. By the end of this course, you will have the necessary foundation to build and program the electronic circuits critical to interactive devices.
Key Course Takeaways
- Gain familiarity with the use of basic electronic components in interactive devices
- Analyze interactive systems to distinguish sensing, computing, and displaying functionality
- Design, assemble, and debug an electronic circuit
- Program a microcontroller to control an electronic circuit
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Research and design professionals
- Product designers and developers
- Software engineers
- Electronics hobbyists
- Designers/artists with the appropriate background
- Career starters