BS in Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering Department
Sifteo SPICE is an application built on the Sifteo platform with the purpose of aiding in the learning of basic circuits. Traditionally, circuit theory is taught to students in two different methods, lectures and laboratory exercises. Lectures focus on auditory and visual learning and are largely passive learning. Lab experiments allow students to physically interact with the circuits, and learn visually through viewing output waveforms from simulators or on measurement devices. The goal of the Sifteo SPICE project is to develop a physical system for virtual, real-time SPICE simulation that mimics the laboratory experience. In Sifteo SPICE, each individual Sifteo cube acts as a circuit node that communicates with immediate neighbors using near-field communication. Each cube also utilizes various sensors in order to specify each circuit component and component value. Additionally, the cubes communicate wirelessly with a host computer, running a customized version of SPICE. When the user chooses to run the analysis on the circuit, data is aggregated on the host computer and plotted in real-time.