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.

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The ESP8266 is now Arduino compatible, we walk you through installing the development environment and uploading your first sketch. (Part 2 of 3) Read more »

The ESP8266 microcontroller with onboard WiFi

What if you could have an Arduino compatible board, with WiFi, for just $5? Well now you can, because the ESP8266 is now Arduino compatible. Read more »

Arduino Day Feature Image

Today is Arduino Day — a worldwide celebration of the Arduino’s birthday. If you can't make it to one of the official events, there are plenty of others organised by the community, so where are you heading today? Read more »

The Qduino Mini

Now in the final couple of days of its crowdfunding journey I thought I'd take a quick look at Quin Etnyre's new project, the Qduino Mini board. Read more »

Octopi Closeup

When you think about the Raspberry Pi board you probably don't think about GCHQ, but you might well think about computing clusters. In this instance, clusters of Pi. Read more »

Cypress PSoC

You probably won't immediately recognise the name Cypress, but with the release of their PSoC 4 BLE kit they're doing something intriguing. Read more »

Arduino Logo

There's nothing worse than when a family starts fighting amongst itself, and right now Arduino LLC is suing Arduino Srl. Read more »