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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.

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One of the factors that making the current generation of wearables devices not just possible, but useable, is the growing popularity of Bluetooth LE. Read more »

The new Raspberry Pi B+

Earlier today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new board. Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly however, it's not a board to replace the current model B, but a B+ board, and it's what the model B should have been all along. Read more »

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We took an initial look at Punch Through Design's Light Blue Bean when they opened for pre-orders. Now we have our hands on the hardware it's time to take a closer look. Read more »

The crew from the Milwaukee Makerspace, one of the organisations behind Maker Faire Milwaukee.

Amongst the announcements made today by President Obama at the White House Maker Faire is the creation of a new funding category for Makerspaces by the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Read more »

PhoneSat 2.5 launched onboard the SpaceX CRS-3 mission to the ISS.

Aimed directly at the 21 “rookie states” that have had no previous CubeSat presence in space, one of the initiatives announced by President Obama today at the White House Maker Faire is an "announcement of opportunity" from NASA for new CubeSat developers. Read more »

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One of the initiatives announced by President Obama today at the White House Maker Faire will allow middle and high school students access to the first 3d printer to be flown aboard the ISS. Read more »

The Bluetooth LE Doc-a-Thon

Getting started using Bluetooth LE is much harder than it should be, and that a lot of great work people are doing is getting dropped on the floor, or worse yet done again. We decided to sit down and do something about that. Read more »