A couple other comms sessions promise to be just plain fun.
Michael Feldman, vice president of engineering at BigBelly Solar, will describe the company’s solar-powered, Internet-enabled trash compactor (below). I have no doubt this system saves energy and as the description says “has revolutionized trash collection in city streets, parks, and universities.”
I’m sure it provides a good case study on the trendy topic of machine-to-machine communications, too. But I am going to this 11:45 a.m. talk on April 25 just because it’s interesting.
It’s also the right side of my brain which is beckoning me to the description of the Cap-Net, an 802.15.4 mesh network of propeller-topped beanies. No doubt a lot of headwinds will be generated.
I don’t expect to build such a network myself (given my background as an English major), but someone else could. The description promises “all of the code and hardware design files will be made available as open source.” Enjoy.