Tinker Toolkit

Massimo Banzi, author of Getting Started with Arduino and co-founder of the Arduino Project, is presenting a workshop at the upcoming Interaction10 conference in Savannah, GA on February 4, 2010:

The Tinker Tookit is a modular system of sensors and actuators being developed at Tinker.it! in London for the past couple of years. It allows designers to prototype and test tangible user interfaces with Arduino very quickly and without any knowledge of electronics. During this workshop we’ll explore the basics of Arduino and get to build cool stuff within the first hour. You’ll experience first hand accelerometers, touch sensors, colour sensors, and a lot more technology without having to spend a month talking about atoms and electrons.

Bring your laptop (Mac, Windows or even Linux) and your energy.

As a bonus, he’ll be joined by Making Things Talk author (and fellow Arduino Project team member) Tom Igoe. It’s two Make: Authors for the price of one!

Tangible Interface Prototyping with the Tinker Toolkit
Interaction10 Registration

I’ll be covering the Interaction10 conference for Make: Online, so keep an eye out for dispatches from the event.

In the Maker Shed:

Getting Started with Arduino
Our Price: $12.99
This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open source electronics prototyping platform that’s taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you get going on them right away. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED. By Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project.

Making Things Talk
Our Price: $29.99
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.