Democratizing IoT Education

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Robin Biju Thomas
·May 10, 2022·

4 min read

Democratizing IoT Education

As the world moves towards the decentralization of education, remote learning and teaching have become a reality. Although the benefits of remote learning are undeniable, education in some disciplines is more challenging, especially for those with a substantial practical dimension. For subjects such as Electronic Engineering or IoT, a key pain point remains access to hardware labs. For such matters, teaching remotely typically requires that students purchase embedded hardware themselves or the university ships the resources needed to the remote location. Both of these options remain cost-prohibitive and inefficient.

Could there be a better way to address this while bringing quality IoT education to masses of students around the globe?

Introducing Simuli - The Hardware Virtual Lab in the browser

Beginners in the IoT space often find themselves at crossroads in learning key concepts in the area. Being a field comprising both Hardware and Software, it is often tricky to understand one without the other. Thus, Universities have reduced IoT courses down to their theoretical level. However, we are here to bridge this gap.

Simuli: your one-stop solution for IoT Learning.

With Simuli, we break the fundamental limitation of Embedded and IoT Education - i.e. dependency on the hardware. Through a cloud-hosted platform instead of using expensive hardware in physical labs. With Simuli’s completely virtual yet realistic emulation of hardware and sensors, students get full access to an embedded system that can be programmed and tested remotely. Our state of the art sensor simulation enables the possibility of one-to-one emulation between the virtualized and physical hardware. In other words, code running on the virtual device can be used for the physical hardware. Furthermore, our real-time visualization engine coupled ensures that students don’t miss out on physical interaction with the hardware and feel fully engaged.

The key benefits and features of Simuli are as follows:

  1. Completely online 24x7 Global access to Simuli Virtual Lab for any number of students.
  2. No installation is required. A modern browser with internet access is all that is needed to access the embedded environment.
  3. Fully functional starting template to get students going right away.
  4. Wide selection of sensors and hardware boards to choose from W5500 (Ethernet Module) to ADXL345 (3 Axis Accelerometer).

With support for the most popular boards and sensors used by IoT enthusiasts around the globe, you can get started on prototyping your first IoT project in minutes! In addition, we have also tailored the platform for Universities and Organizations that handle IoT courses. Thus, we offer an easy and effective solution for you to teach IoT in an impactful and interactive manner.

Learn more about how Simuli can help enhance your IoT course here

About Simuli

While the name ‘Simuli’ might be new to you, some people familiar with the IoT space might recognize the name ‘IoTIFY’. This is because Simuli was formerly known as the IoTIFY Virtual Lab.

In this relaunch, we have applied the industry knowledge we acquired from being in the IoT Education space over the last five years with the IoTIFY Virtual Lab to bring you a more focused and comprehensive platform with its dedicated team. While Simuli will continue to function as a company under IoTIFY, this new position allows us to focus more keenly on our customers and their requirements as we continue to add features and grow the platform.

What’s new?

As many of our users requested, this release brings support for the Arduino Uno board. Being able to run an Arduino sketch in a virtual context might be a new idea; when combined with support for the W5500 Ethernet Shield, a multitude of new configurations are possible. For the first time, you can simulate IoT projects that consist of a microcontroller connected to the internet. As with all the components in our device library, these are modelled at a hardware level and offer one-to-one device level emulation - no custom code necessary.

Also, with this release comes support for the STM32 embedded platform and ten new sensors. We have also revamped our documentation with example programs, links to datasheets and our own tutorials.

Check out our documentation at docs.simuli.co

The way forward…

At its core, Simuli aspires to be an all-inclusive hardware prototyping platform. While this release supports Arduino and STM32 boards and ten new sensors, we will be growing this collection as the industry evolves. We as a company strive to revolutionize IoT education by catering to the needs of our customers and the greater community as a whole to revolutionize IoT education and are very excited about how people will use our platform.

Try Simuli today at app.simuli.co

Please visit our website for more information or drop an email at hello@simuli.co

 
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