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OptoBotics℠ Specialization

Expand Your Knowledge of Real World Optics and Robotics Applications

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  • Specialization via Coursera and University of California, Irvine
  • $294 for 9 months
  • 4 courses + capstone project
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Learn to design and build robotic systems with optics and lasers online in just six courses.
Credential Type
9 months

Design, build and test an advanced optical system and integrate it into a robot of your choice. One or more optical sensors will be used and data will be taken and analyzed and a final report will be written. The focus of the project will be to design the system so that it can be built on a low cost budget for a real-world application. OptoBotics is a registered Service Mark of OpticsAge. All rights reserved 2015.

Incentives & Benefits

Upon completing this Specialization, you will have a strong foundation in the design, development, and use of optical systems for robotic and drone applications. This Specialization is an excellent way to distinguish yourself across a wide range of employment and technical disciplines within the rapidly expanding field of optical systems development.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop the skills required to create advanced optical systems for real world robotic applications.
  • Create strategies to develop families of advanced optical systems for your specific robotic application.
  • Learn how to systematically build advanced optical systems for robotic applications via hands-on experience.
  • Increase confidence by implementing designs from a pre-set starting point using best practice principles including optical system design software.
  • Gain insight into new trends and features in the optics and robotics / drone marketplace

Recommended Background

    ★★☆☆☆ (1) 4 weeks 15th Sep, 2015
    <p>OptoBotics℠ is a new direction in teaching people about the ubiquitous use of optics and robotic systems that have become key technologies driving innovation in a wide range of market segments including space missions, wearable healthcare devices, home automation, and products related to the internet of things (IOT). In this first class in the specialization, students will learn about optical components and how they are used when building robots and drones. <br /> <br /> Exciting applications of merging optics and robotics will also be covered, including: Intelligence, Surveillance &amp; Reconnaissance (ISR), Chemical Detection, Agricultural, Farming &amp; Commercial Fishery Management, Firefighting &amp; Infrared Heat Detection and Extraterrestrial-Based Systems.</p>
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 1st Dec, 2015
    Developing a system that can gather information for the outside world through the use of light, and then having a robot or other device respond to that information, is a skill that is in high demand within most organizations who seek to create innovative products. <br /> <br /> In this course, students will learn how to identify and configure optical components such as lenses, windows, mirrors, filters, polarizers, gratings and prisms. Creating and detecting light using lasers, LEDs, cameras and detectors will also be covered. <br /> <br /> Students will learn the key skill of combining these components into an optical systems capable of providing key information to a robot or device that requires sensory information.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 1st Nov, 2015
    Building Robots is a fun and engaging way to develop key skills that are in high demand. In this class, you will learn about robotic motion systems for on-ground robots (chassis, wheels, bodies, arms, legs, head), flying machines (drones, fixed-wing, rotary systems), underwater and space-based systems. <br /> <br /> We'll explore the use of both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi (small, affordable single board computers) to design and develop these robotics and IOT devices. The course will explain how to integrate robotic motion systems with the onboard computer and optical systems to create fun new projects.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 1st Dec, 2015
    In this course, students will learn key aspects of light that can be used to innovate better products. Key concepts such as range finding (how far away something is) and non-visual spectrum sensing will covered. <br /> <br /> A brief and interesting background on the history of light will help shed some light on some related engaging questions like, “can we go faster than the speed of light?” <br /> <br /> The course will also focus on how to use the properties of light to develop new optical and robotic systems.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 1st Jan, 2016
    In this course, students will be exposed to a variety of applications of Optics and Robotics. Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) applications with flying machines, drones, fixed winged, rotary systems, underwater machines and spaced based systems will be covered. Chemical detection systems such as the ChemSight™ Hazardous Gas Detection System and Gas Chromatograph with Photoionization Detector will also be discussed. <br /> <br /> Students will be introduced to key aspects of the application of optical systems agricultural, farming & commercial fishery management. We'll delve into the exciting new application of infrared heat detection used for firefighting and thermal detection using smart phones.

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