Making Things Talk author Tom Igoe will be presenting a workshop at ETech 2008 using one of the projects from the book: a networkable pong game controller:
Making Things Talk, the new book by Tom Igoe, shows you how to build devices that can talk to each other (and to other devices) over a network. Led by the author, this workshop draws on some of the projects in the book and gets you started mixing microcontrollers, networks, sensors, software, and the real world.
You’ll learn about the Arduino microcontroller board and programming environment; find out how to get Arduino to talk to other devices, including computers running the Processing programming environment; and you’ll put this all together to build a physical pong controller for a networked game of pong.
This workshop is limited to 30 people. The materials fee ($75) allows you to go home with an Arduino microcontroller board, a variety of components including LEDs, resistors, and sensors; and a copy of Making Things Talk.
Making Things Talk
Programming microcontrollers used to require an expensive development environment costing thousands of dollars and requiring professional electrical engineering expertise. Open-source physical computing platforms with simple i/o boards and development environments have led to new options for hobbyists, hackers, and makers. This book contains a series of projects that teach you what you need to know to get your creations talking to each other, connecting to the web, and forming networks of smart devices. Review and buy it now! – Link.