Making Things Talk Tutorial

Location: Mission Hills Level: Intermediate
Presentation: external link

Making Things Talk, the new book by Tom Igoe, shows you how to build devices that can talk to each other (and to other devices) over a network. Led by the author, this workshop draws on some of the projects in the book and gets you started mixing microcontrollers, networks, sensors, software, and the real world.

You’ll learn about the Arduino microcontroller board and programming environment; find out how to get Arduino to talk to other devices, including computers running the Processing programming environment; and you’ll put this all together to build a physical pong controller for a networked game of pong.

This workshop is limited to 30 people. The materials fee ($75) allows you to go home with an Arduino microcontroller board, a variety of components including LEDs, resistors, and sensors; and a copy of Making Things Talk.

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Brian Jepson

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Brian Jepson is Executive Editor for Make Magazine’s Make:Books series, co-author of Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks, and has written and edited a number of other geeky books. He’s also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center that gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work.

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Tom Igoe

Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. He is the author of two books, “Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects,” and with Dan O’Sullivan, “Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers,” which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. He has consulted for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and others. He is a contributor to MAKE magazine and a collaborator on the Arduino open source microcontroller project. He hopes someday to work with monkeys, as well.


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