At a series of YOW! Nights held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in April 2014, DiUS’s CTO, Daryl Wilding-McBride and Andy Gelme, Co-founder of LIFX, gave a great presentation on “Hands-on with the Internet of Things”.

The presentation showed how easy and rewarding it it is to get involved with building the Internet of Things (IoT), using some practical examples of technology at each end of the IoT spectrum:

  • A low-power mesh network radio module that support IPv6 / 6LoWPAN and runs the Contiki open-source operating system.
  • An autonomous flying robot that can find a lost bushwalker and drop a bottle of water to them.

Using these pieces of the IoT, they showed some examples and demonstrations of what can be done by applying and extending the technical skills you already have, by leveraging the very approachable open source hardware and software that’s becoming available now. They included some pointers for what technologies to use and how to get started.

Video length: 1 hour 18 minutes 21 seconds

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