Maker Faire

TinyOS Toys: Fun with Wireless Sensor Networks

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Electronics

Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Fiesta Hall

We'll show how tools meant for industrial control, emergency tracking, and environmental monitoring can be easily repurposed for fun and games! TinyOS is an open source operating system for programming ad-hoc mesh networks, and the Telos Mote is an open source wireless system platform consisting of a microcontroller, an 802.15.4 radio, and a small breadboarding area. Telos Motes can be had for $80-$120 and can be easily reconfigured, making them an ideal prototyping platform for wireless networks or lone microcontroller applications.

We will demonstrate an LED POV device that can be updated wirelessly, games based on proximity and node inclusion/exclusion, and nifty tricks to be done between a computer and a few Telos Motes. We'll also provide a "hello world" tutorial on TinyOS, with some simple circuit hacking.

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Dan Steingart
Andrew Redfern
Robert Suss