A life-long love of hardware and software has grown into a series of increasingly curious experiments in the intersection of virtual life with real life. Inspired by a friend’s X10-wired house in the 1990’s, this talk is a modern take on the “smart home”, searching for a more organic connection to our digital selves. The ground rules are to employ open source and open hardware, blend with surroundings, and make information accessible but not disruptive. The story unfolds with a smörgåsbord of tech, including Arduino, PandaBoard, WiFi, a handful or so of multi-colored LEDs, 3D depth sensors and Natural Interaction, JQuery Mobile, and Ubuntu. If possible, I’ll bring along some demos, such as the decorative candle messaging alert with touch-sensitive throw-pillow controller.
Allison Randal is a Debian and Ubuntu developer, specializing in C and dynamic languages (Perl/Python/Ruby/etc). She is on the board of directors of the Python Software Foundation and The Perl Foundation, co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders, founder and president of Onyx Neon Press, and Open Source Advisor to Canonical. Her current hobby is astrophysics.
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