By Minal Sandeep Firodiya:
One thing that constantly daunted me after my first year of engineering was the fact that I wasn’t gaining any practical knowledge. So, after much deliberation and discussion with my peers and teachers, I decided to learn a new technology. I googled the in-demand technologies and stumbled upon an article on the Internet of Things and the futuristic transformation of the world through a vast internet network. I was intrigued by this concept and after some in-depth research into it, I started my quest to figure out a way to learn IoT without compromising my college studies and spending a lot of money. That’s how I came across Internshala Trainings and their support team answered all my queries about the training’s structure in detail. Once I was satisfied with the content structure of the training, I enrolled in Internshala’s IoT training.
Once the training started, my excitement knew no bounds. I didn’t have to travel back and forth, and I could learn IoT sitting in my hostel room at any time. Another advantage of the training was that it was for beginners and didn’t require any prior knowledge. I was provided with a BOLT IoT hardware kit, which included the components required for the training. It was a four-week program comprising three modules which revolved around the basics of electronics, cloud, analytics, sensor integration, and smart devices.
During the training, I worked on different projects such as ‘Environment Monitoring Application’, which sensed the changes in the intensity of light; Internet Connected Alert System, which would help evacuate a place in case of an emergency, Web-based Temperature Data Logger for Pharmaceutical Companies, Automated Alerts over SMS and E-mail, and Glowing LEDs. I also created my own cloud account using Digital Ocean and learnt to build a physical device that posted tweets automatically. The training gave me an extensive insight into the world of Internet of Things. I can now program R-Pi board using Python language and relate the BOLT embedded system with Raspberry-Pi and Arduino!
Currently, I am developing a project on the lighting system of a refrigerator based on IoT, which I’m planning to present in the upcoming technical fest in my college. This project revolves around building a proof of concept for the lighting system of a refrigerator that uses data from an LDR and a push button. In simpler terms, I’d use the light intensity and button state to collect relevant data to decide the state of the fridge from the following.
1. Door open – bright and button released
2. Door closed – dark and button pressed
3. Door half open – dim and button released
About the Author: Minal Sandeep Firodiya, a student of Cummins College of Engineering for Women, talks about learning Internet of Things and building various IoT projects. This article was first published on Internshala – an internship and training platform.