Sketching in hardware - examples of getting from concept to installation in the Internet of Things

Presented by Christopher Biggs
Tuesday 3:50 p.m.–4:15 p.m. in Guthrie Theatre CB06.03.28
Target audience: N/A


How do you motivate a child to remember to take their daily medication? One way is to create a physical replica of the "health pack" item from their favourite computer game. Do your pot plants always die? Meet my gamified "Thymeagotchi" which lets your plants remind you when they need watering. By day I solve real world problems with IoT. On the weekend, I attack more frivolous problems as a creative outlet. But this frippery also serves two serious purposes * It helps you, the "Internet of Things" novice, understand the potential of the medium * These projects serve as a demonstration of how technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling can make rapid prototypes, and also art I will talk about how to use 3D printing, re-usable modules and easy-to-learn software to make Internet of Things devices that bring enrichment and humour to your life. I'll give examples of some of my projects that are both fun, and in some cases, literally life-saving.

Presented by

Christopher Biggs

Christopher Biggs has been into Open Systems since the early 90s and was there at the birth of Linux and 386BSD. His interest in electronics and connected devices goes back even further. Christopher’s career encompasses software development, system architecture and engineering management. He built and managed a diverse, global team of over 60 developers at a leading Brisbane IT company. Christopher is now the principal of Accelerando Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in IoT, DevOps mentorship and Cloud Data. Christopher is a co-convenor of the Brisbane Internet of Things interest group, and was a founding executive memeber of HUMBUG, the Brisbane open systems user group. He has presented at conferences and user groups around Australia, and convened a weekly technology lecture series for the entire technology department at a previous workplace. In his spare time he builds and blogs robots with his three children, and adds to the growing Internet of Things.