THIS TUTORIAL HAS REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED BELOW
This hands-on workshop will walk you through building a simple distributed sensor network. Using an Arduino board, off-the-shelf sensors, and XBee radios, we’ll show you how to put together an individual sensor platform (commonly known as a “mote”) and how to network more than one of these platforms together to build a small scale distributed network. Based around Alasdair and Kipp’s latest book “Distributed Network Data” you can follow along build your first sensor mote.
TUTORIAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES
* A Data Sensing Lab Shield Kit is required in order to participate. You will be charged a fee of USD$164 (on top of your registration fee) for the kit when you register. You will be provided with the kit onsite at the conference with proof of registration.
* Some experience with working with the Arduino is assumed.
* A laptop (with the ability to install software and drivers)
* USB cable
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Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. A couple of years ago he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensor motes covering the entirety of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. A few years before that, he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time, which caused several class-action lawsuits and a US Senate hearing. Some years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.
Alasdair sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him or, more frequently, provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and a contributor to O’Reilly Radar. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.
Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty. He is also the Demo Chair of the Open Hardware Summit and a featured innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He has founded startups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, including the Data Sensing Lab and Revolution By Design/. Kipp is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He coauthored Distributed Network Data. He serves on the boards of RIMOSA, The Providence Athenaeum, the community arts organization AS220, and on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine, in addition to co-organizing Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire.
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