Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

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.

Sessions

Open Hardware
Location: Portland 251
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 9 ratings)
The latest generation of smart phones, such as Apple's iPhone, have a growing range of in-built sensors, large screens, and a (near-)ubiquitous data connection. They would make an excellent hub for a distributed sensor networks, however interfacing to them can be challenging. This session will present several methods for connecting iOS devices to external hardware using serial connections. Read more.