I just received notification that our program will be getting 5 Intel Galileo development boards (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/do-it-yourself/galileo-maker-quark-board.html). These boards combine Arduino functionality with a Linux system-on-a-chip. Our intent is to use the boards to eliminate the need for a laptop or other external computer in design projects involving Arduino boards. They may also be useful in enhancing the capability of Arduino only design projects. Here is what I put in the application to get the boards:
How will you use the boards…
The Galileo boards would be used in selected capstone design projects in our biomedical engineering (BE) design sequence courses (BE-3002, BE-4000, BE-4001 & BE-4002). Students are currently responsible for obtaining their own hardware as needed for their projects, but are assisted in their efforts by the faculty. Over the past several years about half of all BE capstone projects have included Arduino embedded computers with about half of these programmed using the Arduino IDE and the remainder using other more advanced tools. A number of these projects also involve laptop computers to complete the user interfaces. The Galileo boards would be used to provide an intermediate solution between the simple LCD based Arduino interfaces and the need for connection with expensive and heavy laptops.
What is the course focus…
These are BE design courses. In them, students must produce working prototypes. All projects are biomedical engineering related. Some projects involve the design of medical devices, but others cover other aspects of the field including assistive technologies, athletic equipment, and research related devices. While the devices being designed differ, all projects involve the basic design process including compliance with FDA requirements and international standards as appropriate. Most projects involve the integration of analog electronics, mechanical components and software. The consideration of human factors in the user interface design is stressed.
The boards are scheduled to arrive within 30 days. The award also includes free access to the “Getting Started with Intel Galileo” by Matt Richardson e-book. Intel has also created a Maker Community and a Maker Community for universities - https://communities.intel.com/community/makers and https://communities.intel.com/community/makers/universities.
Thank you Intel.