A small technology consulting company based in the South West of England focusing on mobile, open hardware and emerging technologies. Providing expertise in electronics, especially...more wireless devices and sensor networks, mobile computing, and the "Internet of Things."
Contributor to Hackaday writing about electronics, the maker movement, sensors, networking, and space. Hackaday is an online publication serving up Fresh Hacks Every Day from...more around the Internet.
Your life and your house went from one computer to an Internet of things. From tablets to lightbulbs, from sensors to media boxes, everybody gets their own Internet. Today,...more you have to fight your things. They don't talk to each other, the apps don't work, it's a tower of babel. Our solution — the Thing System — is open source. We'll talk to anything, you can hack the system, it has an open API.
Senior Research Fellow
2007 - 2013 (about 6 years)
Lead architect, responsible for the implementation and deployment of a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations...more of time-critical events. At the forefront of applying agent architectures and techniques to astrophysics research for telescope control and scheduling, and for data mining in the virtual observatory. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what—at the time—was the most distant object yet discovered.
2003 - 2006 (almost 3 years)
Rapid design and deployment of demonstrator for a distributed telescope network—including single-handedly writing 100k SLOC of object-orientated Perl code over a six month...more period. Implemented and deployed test-bed web and grid services and jointly supervised a PhD student in the field of e-Science.
2001 - 2003 (about 2 years)
Developed data reduction pipeline systems, experience using Perl and Java to wrap legacy Fortran code as Web Services. Maintained legacy data reduction and analysis software,...more while building next-generation data analysis tools in Java.
Maintained legacy data reduction and analysis software while implementing new image analysis software in Fortran and Perl. Lead the effort to standardise data formats for...more next-generation instruments.
Hardware hacking for data scientists, using Arduino and XBee
Arduino, Sensors, Xbee · Sensors are the future of distributed data. General-purpose computing is dissipating and becoming increasingly embedded into… · More our lives (four words: the Internet of Things). We will soon begin to move in a sea of data, our movements monitored and our environments measured and adjusted to our preferences, without need for direct intervention.
What will this look like? How can we create and shape it? How can we introduce the relevant hardware to people who already possess data analytics skills?
Published 10 books, currently writing another. In the past I have mesh networked the Moscone Center with environmental sensors, caused #locationgate and the subsequent U.S. Senate hearings on location privacy, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant astronomical object yet discovered.