Building networked web applications in the browser is fun, but wouldn’t it be great to break out of the computer and get some physical, tangible interaction? Using Node.js, Arduino, and a variety of wireless and wired networking options, we can build custom game controllers, reactive interfaces and get feedback from cyberspace to meatspace.
This talk will walk you through a demonstration application (like controlling a networked pong game with a physical joystick) with basic electronics and Node.js and survey a number of networking interfaces, such as Ethernet, WiFi and XBee.
Ted Hayes is a poet-inventor: conceiving objects and experiences that explore the sublime and the enigmatic through recombination and deconstruction. He is a proponent of what he has dubbed “Research Art,” or art as science experiment, and actively investigates the themes, technologies and ramifications of autonomy, emergence, semiotics, pattern recognition, and neural networks.
Ted runs a research & development consultancy called Limina.Studio where he makes professional stuff like an internet-enabled bubble gun. See more of his work at http://log.liminastudio.com.