February: Soldering irons and automated curtains

Date: 26th February 2020

Time: 18:45 - 20:30

This month we have a couple of great talks from John Cook and Luke Bonaccorsi

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Talks

I bought a soldering iron; you’ll never guess what happened next

Speaker: John Cook Twitter: @JohnAlanCook Pronouns: He/Him

Previously described as "John talks about a few hardware projects he did over the last year." Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

How I ended up automating my curtains and shouting at my laptop

Speaker: Luke Bonaccorsi Twitter: @CodeFoodPixels Pronouns: He/Him

Home automation has grown to be super popular recently, with things like smart light bulbs, internet connected thermostats and virtual assistants being readily available. Usually this means that you have to buy into a company’s ecosystem and hand over control, but what if we could build our own system?

When I started writing a chatbot a few years ago, I had no idea that it would grow to be my own JavaScript-based home automation system, controlling my lamps, curtains and heating. In this talk I’ll share journey and current progress, as well as things that I’d like to do with it in the future. By the end of I hope to have inspired you to try using JavaScript for some of your own automation.

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