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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 limited number of people with their hands on real hardware means that there is obviously the chance of undiscovered problems, and sometimes those turn out to be pretty weird. Read more »

Paul Graham talking about Prototype Day at Y Combinator (Credit: Kevin Hale)

Y Combinator, one of the most famous incubator programs in the industry, today announced added support for the growing number of hardware startups they fund. Read more »

Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi

Until today's release of the new Raspberry Pi 2 there had been no Windows support for the Pi. Read more »

Raspberry Pi 2

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is the first of the next generation of Raspberry Pi boards. We talk to Eben Upton and deep-dive into the technical details behind the new board. Read more »

On the 19th April at 9:00am (GMT) we launched our High Altitude Balloon from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, it reached an altitude of 100,018 ft in 108min, recording a min temperature of -40C and a min air pressure of 14.2 millibars.

Registration for this year's Global Space Balloon Challenge has just opened. Do you have what it takes to send a payload into near-space using a high-altitude balloon? Read more »

The Bean Loader running on Windows

Punch Through Design has announced the beta release of its long awaited Bean Loader application for Windows 8, so you can now program your Bean directly from your Windows desktop. 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 »