Rob Reilly demonstrates how to combine Linux, physical computing, and practical application into an attention-grabbing, steampunk-themed, wearable conference badge. Rob walks you through the motivation, idea generation, research, prototyping, build, challenges, and use. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of building an interesting, robust prototype embedded Linux gadget from off-the-shelf parts and discover the logistics and time and effort needed for version 1.0.
The badge incorporates a recent microcontroller module, a 3.5-inch color TFT LCD showing videos, and a custom brass steampunk-themed frame to hold it all together. There’s also a secondary Arduino that handles analog and near-real-time sensor processing from its multiple light, temperature, distance, and other sensors that feed Python scripts and can be connected to the internet. mplayer handles the video playback in badge mode, and LibreOffice manages the slides in presentation mode. The device is WiFi-capable.
And watch for it: Rob will wear the badge into the session and then use it to run his tech-talk slide presentation.
Rob “Dr. Torq” Reilly is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker specializing in Linux, physical computing, hardware hacking, the tech media, and the DIY/Maker movement. He provides a variety of engineering, business, and special project services to individual clients and companies. As a veteran “how-to” guy, Dr. Torq has authored hundreds of feature-length articles for top-tier tech media and print outlets and presented tech talks at conferences and industry venues such as OSCON, the Future of Education Technology Conference, and Fossettcon. His Off-the-Shelf Hacker column runs weekly on Thenewstack.io. Rob holds a BS in mechanical technology from Purdue University. He first used the Unix command line in 1981. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-718-3274.
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