June 30, 2011


Nicolas Villar




Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is a new prototyping platform that makes it easier to construct, program and shape new kinds of computing objects. It is comprised of modular hardware, software libraries and 3D CAD support. Together, these elements support the key activities involved both in the rapid prototyping and the small-scale production of custom embedded, interactive and connected devices.

In this talk we will show (through live coding and hardware assembly) how to design, build and program working devices using .NET Gadgeteer. The aim will be to give those present a taster of how Gadgeteer can be used as a tool for researchers and students that need to prototype and build bespoke hardware.


Nicolas Villar

Nicolas Villar is a research assistant and final-year PhD candidate at the Lancaster University Computing Department. Nicolas works in the Embedded Interactive Systems research group, where his interest is focused on the development of devices and systems that enable novel forms of human-computer interaction. His work has explored the concept of mixed-initiative interaction with intelligent environments through the use of wearable devices; use of tangible objects with embedded sensing for basic navigation and input, and the application of novel interfaces for musical expression. Through the Equator Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, he has been involved in the development of the technology behind the `Electronic Furniture for the Curious Home` series of artifacts.