Wi-Fi and the IoT at MIT
It was an honor to speak at MIT’s “WiFi and the Internet of Things: a hands-on workshop,” alongside Mark Easley of Texas Instruments’ LaunchPad team, and Christopher Rezendes who runs IoT advisory firm INEX Advisors. I was tapped to introduce CoAP, cover the fundamentals of this new protocol, and address if CoAP can be considered “Fast & light HTTP for IoT.”
The session started off with an overview of IoT hardware and software, and standards of Wi-Fi for wireless transmission of data. We reviewed how Wi-Fi compares to other wireless technologies, especially in the context of the IoT. As expected, security, privacy, and encryption with wireless technologies were also discussed.
In introducing CoAP, I kept in mind that the student attending this workshop were interested in the theoretical aspects of the protocol, as well as real world applications. It’s so satisfying to present to a group that very likely have incorporated the lesson directly into their studies, research programs, and entrepreneurial crowdfunding projects.
The whole talk was recorded live and is available for replay:
If you’re interested in just the slides I presented, you can view them here:
Hands-on to hackathon
Attendees then participated in a group project to develop a wireless, multiplayer game that runs over Wi-Fi. That session concluded with a “Hackathon” to explore the limits and applications of Wi-Fi, CoAP, and emerging IoT hardware and software.
The people you meet at MIT
As happens when at MIT, this event gave me the opportunity to meet some true luminaries in computing, including David Reed, the designer of UDP. CoAP is implemented on top of UDP, so it was especially cool to have him there for this talk.
I also got to meet Bob Frankston, co-creator with Dan Bricklin of VisiCalc, and Fellow of the Computer History Museum.
Our host for this event was Brian DeLacey, whose skills at organizing fascinating technology events traces back to his work with the Boston Computer Society’s Mac user group.
Second MIT visit for the Kinoma team
This session that I participated in complements the “Internet of Things: Connecting Anything and Everything to the Internet, a Hands-on Workshop” Peter Hoddie reported on earlier.
MIT, round three
The Kinoma team’s next visit out to MIT will be for Make:MIT, a hardware hackathon promoting innovation that is geared towards those who are excited and passionate about designing and building. We’re a top sponsor of this upcoming event, and we hope to see you there!