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

Danielle George and the robotic orchestra. (Credit: Paul Wilkinson Photography)

The first of the Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures, this year all about the maker movement, are now available online. Read more »

Kate Mulcahy standing in front of the Shell Centre, ready to play Tetris. (Credit: Newscast)

The grand finale for this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures was a building sized game of Tetris. We talk to Kate Mulchay who was the lead hacker for the project. Read more »


In the last year and a half, we’ve seen an explosion of new boards, and there doesn’t appear to be any reason to expect the trend to slow down in the near future. Read more »


In a move that should simplify project creation for makers, and streamline payments for backers, Kickstarter announced today that they're taking $500 million in annual pledges to payment processor Stripe. Read more »

ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the ratcheting socket wrench on the space station right after it was 3D-printed it (Credit: NASA).

During December the first ever tool was 'emailed' to the International Space Station and now, if you want to, you can print the same wrench on your own 3d printer. Read more »

Prof Danielle George

The Royal Institution's annual Christmas lectures are just that, an institution. Given this year by Professor Danielle George it explores how 21st Century tinkering can change the world. Read more »

Student-built cubesats are released from the international space station's Kibo module. Credit: NASA

Registration is now open for NASA's first in-space challenge competition, offering the agency’s largest-ever prize purse. Your journey into lunar orbit begins at Moffett Field in January. Read more »


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