Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

Latest from Alasdair Allan

The improving face of human — robot relations. The open-source 3D printed life-sized robot from InMoov.

That's a wrap for this year's Saint-Malo Mini Maker Faire. Bigger and better than last time. See you all next year! Read more »


The Apple ][ holds a special place in people's hearts, and now you can relive the glory years with only an Arduino Uno and a whole lot of effort. Read more »

The original Kicksat was launched aboard the SpaceX CRS-3 resupply flight to the ISS. (Credit: SpaceX)

With the recent announcement that the replacement Kicksat has been awarded a launch slot by NASA I sat down and talked to Zac Manchester about the history behind the Kicksat project, and the upcoming launch. Read more »

Mechanical Shadow Theatre

I talk to the Lever le Rideau, a theatre group specialising in stage costumes and sets, about the intriguing collection of mechanical shadow theatres they've brought to Maker Faire. Read more »

WeIO Board

We catch up with Uroš Petrevski to find out what's happened with the WeIO micro controller board announced at the previous Saint-Malo Mini Maker Faire two years ago. Read more »

The robot-carved statue of Makey — the Maker Faire mascot  — is the first thing that greets you when you arrive at the Saint-Malo Mini Maker Faire

The first thing that greets you as you come to the Saint-Malo faire is a huge stone statue of Makey. What most people don't find out till later is that this statue of a robot was originally carved by a robot. Read more »

Nolween Febvre from the Les P'tits Doudous project at the University Hospital in Rennes

Providing teddy bears and tablets to young children has significantly helped reduce the drug use of those requiring anaesthesia. Read more »