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.
You can now easily place a trivially sized computing device anywhere a power plug is present. This fast paced session will provide a complete, hands-on review of the currently available Plug format devices, their capabilities, advantages and pitfalls. We will demonstrate development and debugging on the most recent Sheevaplug-class device as a hands-on introduction to embedded Linux environments.