Over the past week, I’ve been beta testing a daily vlog for my YouTube channel. Please check it out and I’d love to hear any feedback you have about it. My latest post, embedded above, is about the current state of gestural input technology.
I spent last week at CES in Las Vegas covering the show for MAKE. I had a great time there and I’m really happy with how the coverage turned out, despite the fact that I wasn’t able to cover every story that I wanted to. The show is incredibly large and it takes quite a bit of legwork to find the best stories, especially from a maker’s point of view. Once I got the hang of it, my time was crammed with seeing makers and companies and getting demos on video. Check out all the coverage over on MAKE. Hopefully I’ll be back in 2014.
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, which I co-authored with Shawn Wallace, is now widely available for purchase from bookstores! Look for it in the electronics or engineering section. The photo above was snapped at a Barnes and Noble in New York City. The book is also now shipping as part of Maker Shed’s Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, which includes most of what you need to experiment with the $35 mini computer.
While on vacation in Portland, OR, I got word from some friends and family members that they received their preordered copies of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi. Somehow, on very short notice and despite the holidays, I managed to get a copy shipped to our hotel. Yesterday, my partner Andrew captured this video of me seeing my first book for the first time. What a great way to close out 2012. Happy New Year!
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi has been sent to the printer and I hear that it’s going to start shipping by the end of December! If you’re eager to check it out, O’Reilly has the ebook for sale now on their site. If you prefer, you can pre-order it from Amazon. And if you don’t already have a Raspberry Pi, you can also purchase the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit from the Maker Shed. It includes a PDF of the book, a Raspberry Pi, and lots of accessories like a power supply, case, and SD card.
It was fantastic to talk with Mark Frauenfelder for his Make: Talk podcast a few weeks ago. He just posted the episode today.
This Friday night at 8pm at Mercer Street and Washington Place we’re debuting Bird on a Wire, an interactive pop up window display. It was created by Ben Light, Christie Leece, Inessah Selditz, and me. If you can’t make it Friday, it will be viewable in the evenings through Monday October 29th.
On Saturday, October 27th, I’ll be presenting the Descriptive Camera in The Museum of the Moving Image Tech Lab. A little about the program:
Kids, teens, and families get an inside look at cutting-edge new technologies at the Tech Lab. Each month, the Museum will invite inventors, programmers, hackers, and researchers who have developed state-of-the-art new tools that are not yet available to the public. Our guests will demonstrate their inventions and talk about how they work. For Moving Image Studio visitors, it is a chance to play, explore, and learn—and to see tomorrow’s technology today!
Next Thursday, October 18th, I’ll be presenting the Descriptive Camera to “the edgiest little media festival in the world,” Prospectives’12 at University of Nevada, Reno. The festival highlights the word of graduate and PhD candidates “working across all disciplines utilizing experimental digital media in their creative endeavors.” I’m looking forward to being inspired by others in this field!