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MAKE_Conference_Badge-CESOne of the first things I saw when I entered CES yesterday was the incredible tree that sits at the corner of Intel’s booth in Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The leaves of the tree are made out of Ultrabooks which are networked together. At the foot of the tree, booth visitors use touch screens to create flower blossoms that are sent up to the screens that make up the leaves of the tree. I was delighted to have the chance to talk to James Tichenor and Joshua Walton from the Lab at Rockwell Group. Their team created the tree for Intel with their own open source platform called Spacebrew. Check out my interview with them below and follow them behind the scenes of the Intel booth where they demo their technology exclusively for MAKE:

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. [...] exhibitors, it was fantastic that Intel pulled back the curtain for MAKE readers so that we could get a behind the scenes look at how they created their interactive Ultrabook tree for CES. Best of all, the software tools that the creators used are entirely open [...]

  2. [...] When I visited the Intel booth at International CES in January, I was introduced to Spacebrew, a software toolkit for connecting interactive things to one another. It’s what linked up all the ultrabook screens that represented the leaves of a beautiful, metallic tree at the corner of the booth. The folks at Rockwell Group’s Lab are the ones who brought Intel’s tree to life and created Spacebrew. They just posted this tutorial on how to use Spacebrew to control AC devices using a PowerSwitch Tail connected to an Arduino and a computer running Processing. [...]

  3. [...] When I visited the Intel booth at International CES in January, I was introduced to Spacebrew, a software toolkit for connecting interactive things to one another. It’s what linked up all the ultrabook screens that represented the leaves of a beautiful, metallic tree at the corner of the booth. The folks at Rockwell Group’s Lab are the ones who brought Intel’s tree to life and created Spacebrew. They just posted this tutorial on how to use Spacebrew to control AC devices using a PowerSwitch Tail connected to an Arduino and a computer running Processing. [...]