Embedded Systems Lab "Reaches" Out to Distance Students

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Real-life tech will enable distance learners in CU-Boulder's electrical engineering course Real-Time Embedded Systems to operate lab equipment remotely.
Real-life tech will enable distance learners in CU-Boulder's electrical engineering course Real-Time Embedded Systems to operate lab equipment remotely.

As many as half the students taking CU-Boulder's electrical engineering course Real-Time Embedded Systems are enrolled online through the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education, making lab exercises a particularly difficult challenge.

In the photo, teaching assistants Jimmy Baxter Thorne and Muhammad Ahmad demonstrate a robotic arm with digital video capabilities that is used by on-campus students in the course.

Distance learners can fulfill the lab requirements by purchasing their own digital video hardware, but Adjunct Professor Sam Siewert is developing the lab's capabilities so that online students in the future will be able to remotely operate the robotic arm and see how they are doing through several web cameras, thus overcoming a major hurdle for distance learning courses that have a costly hardware component.

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