The internet has moved a long way beyond the command line. Nowdays, it connects everything from our cars to our toothbrushes, door locks, and keychains. It’s no longer possible to think about software without considering the hardware on which it runs, the sensors and actuators that are its nerves and muscles, the form in which it’s encased, and the physical behaviors of the people and devices involved. Open source hardware and digital fabrication tools are enabling a wider audience to engage in building all aspects of interactive technologies, regardless of their backgrounds.
In this talk, I’ll present an overview of some of the tools of physical computing and discuss how and by whom they’re being used to create new connected devices.
Tom’s talk is now available on the Chariot Solutions site.