Computing is rapidly diffusing outward into our environment. In a few years, everything we wear or carry—and essentially everything we own—will be smart and network enabled; they’ll be part of the Internet of Things. But the Internet of Things isn’t just about adding a network connection to an object. It’s about putting both general-purpose computing and sensors everywhere.
After 50 years of Moore’s Law, we’re getting to a place where computing is not just cheap, it’s essentially free. Alasdair Allan walks attendees through building network-connected devices using the ESP8266—an Arduino-compatible microcontroller with WiFi and GPIO, sold for as little as two dollars—to build Internet of Things devices and connect them to the cloud.
Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He has written eight books, and writes regularly for Hackster.io, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.
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