Playing with web Bluetooth and home automation

Bamburgh House

This month Luke Bonaccorsi will be giving two talks about the fun you can have with physical devices on the web.

Up first he’ll be giving his talk “How I ended up automating my curtains and shouting at my laptop”.

A few years ago I set about building a simple JavaScript chatbot that then quickly grew into a chat based automation system that I use every day. The experience was, and still is, a fantastic learning opportunity and in this talk I’ll share my progress, my reasons for doing it and what I’d like to do in the future whilst also hoping to inspire you to build something weird.

After the break he’ll then be talking about “Painting Pixels With Web Bluetooth”.

Bluetooth is everywhere nowadays, you can find it in door locks, heart rate monitors and even in forks. However, this usually means that we also have an app for each device taking up space on our phones, no matter how infrequently we use it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just use the web?

With Web Bluetooth, we can control these devices through the browser! In this talk we’ll take a look at the basics of Web Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Low Energy GATT layer and how to use these through JavaScript using the practical example of how I built an interactive LED pixel display. By the end, I hope you’ll be inspired to try controlling your Bluetooth devices through the browser!

He’s bringing along his LED pixel display for us to play with too! These talks should get us enthused about tinkering with tech, and maybe give us some ideas to pop down on our Christmas lists.

Tickets

Tickets are up for grabs here 11:00 on the 29th of November. Make sure you're on the mailing list and you'll get a reminder email on the morning of the 29th.

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