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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Simon Clark hand builds retro arcade cabinets so that you experience those much loved games from the eighties the way they should be experienced. Read more »


We talk to Simon Morris about the Flyt, a levitating lightbulb, which he and his team brought along to Maker Faire Paris. Read more »

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We talk to Stéphane Bonnard about the APREL Project, and the development of the exoskeleton arm that he brought along to Maker Faire Paris. Read more »

Kolja Kugler invites a young visitor to the faire up on stage to hand his robot Sir Elton Junk a glass of water between sets.

There are four Maker Faires happening around the world this weekend, the biggest in Paris, France, and it opened yesterday to record numbers of visitors. 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 »

The Bean Loader app for Android.

One of the features that really made the Light Blue Bean catch our attention was the promise that it could write, and then upload, code directly from your phone over Bluetooth LE. Support for the last major platform, Android, arrived today. Read more »

Maker Faire UK (Credit: Richard Kenworthy)

We’re now less than a week away from the premier maker event in the Britain, Maker Faire UK, which will be held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this weekend. So roll up, roll up, for the biggest Maker Faire in Britain. Read more »