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Socializing Stuff: A Wireless Objects Workshop

Computing, Objects, Wireless Signals
Location: Imperial Ballroom Level: Novice
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Objects are beginning to socialize. Lamps are talking with sensors, clothes are chatting with computers, and plants routinely Twitter about their needs. A new era of low-bandwidth, low-power wireless networks is enabling a revolution in device communications. It’s starting to create the smart and novel behaviors we’ve always wanted our stuff to have.

In this DIY session we’ll insert you into those conversations and introduce you to device communications technology that could change our homes, cars, and clothes.

Rob Faludi, co-creator of Botanicalls talking plants and LilyPad XBee wearable radios, is your guide to radio networking. He’ll begin with an introduction to short-range wireless devices and protocols. Then it’s hands-on with the connections, configurations, and addressing that enables links between neighboring objects. Finally, he’ll launch ready-to-run device emulation code that’s a starting point for your own creations.

Join Faludi on the cutting edge of interactive objects and start making things that communicate!

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Rob Faludi

Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD

Robert Faludi is the Chief Innovator at Digi International. His job is forging strong connections with the maker community, uncovering new innovation methodologies, supporting outstanding new work, and creating prototypes to spur new product development. Faludi also works as a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications graduate program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

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Rob Faludi
03/26/2009 11:43am PDT

Hi Pauline, Materials are available on my web site:

Pauline Turnbull
03/19/2009 1:21am PDT

Rob -

When will you be posting your stuff? Where did the ETech Monkey file go?

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Gene Becker
03/11/2009 11:52am PDT

Really enjoyed the hands on aspect of this wkshop. Can’t believe I’m in AT modem command set :-S

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Rob Faludi
03/10/2009 3:01am PDT

The new version of the XBee Terminal MAX with Usman’s backspace bugfix is now available for download

I’m getting more materials finalized for all the people who have asked. Thanks again for your enthusiasm and thanks for coming everyone!

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Julio Duram
03/10/2009 2:07am PDT

It’s not about socializing, it was just about Faludi’s radio

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