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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

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 »


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 »