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Physical computing and fashion

Do you remember our definition of physical computing from Week 1? “Physical computing is a subset of the field of embedded systems that also includes an aspect of creativity and …

Ask the expert: Teddy Syed

Teddy Syed is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research in their Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) Group. Recently he led Project Brookdale, a new platform for creating and prototyping wearables. …

Product showcase: Kitronik

In this video, you’ll see some examples of the work being done in physical computing at the moment. Kitronik is a UK company based in Nottingham that was formed in …

Ask the experts

In this video, you’ll meet some of the people working in physical computing today. You’ll find out how they got into physical computing and how they grew their careers. They …

Sensors and actuators

Let’s take a closer look at transduction devices. In this presentation, Dr Steven Houben explains how the devices use real world energies to transform digital information into physical phenomena in …

Welcome

We are excited that you have chosen to join us over the next two weeks to learn more about physical computing. While the term ‘physical computing’ might be new to …

Product showcase: Pimoroni

In this first video, you’ll meet some of the people working in physical computing today and hear about the products they have been developing. Pimoroni is a UK company based …

Take your learning further

Thank you again for making it to the end of our two week course. We appreciate your perseverance and hope you got everything you wanted out of this course. To …

Hardware

Physical computing can be broken down into different parts: hardware, which includes the computers themselves and the sensors and actuators that gather and display data; and software, where all the …

How can you get into physical computing?

As we have seen, physical computing enables us to easily create new digital devices that have a human perspective. Although sometimes created just for fun, they are often created to …

The Internet of Things and the future

What is the Internet of Things? Like many popular terms that capture the imagination, the meaning of the Internet of Things has evolved over the years, and is built on …

What’s happening in Week 2

Welcome to Week 2! We hope Week 1 was really helpful for you and you have a good idea about what physical computing is, its history, the hardware and software …

What other creative applications might it have?

Fashion is only one creative application of physical computing. We’ve compiled a selection of applications that cover a variety of themes and appeal to a wide audience. Music Mimu Artist …

Ethics

Human decisions are made throughout the creation of physical computing systems. And when human decisions are made, we need to consider the ethics and implications of these decisions. Let’s consider …

Round up

Welcome to the end of Week 1. How did it go? Let’s look at everything you achieved this week and what you can expect in next week’s activities. This week, …