Tom Igoe likes playing with electronics, mechanics, and programming, making things that let people express themselves, and unusual clocks. He has written two books for makers, Physical Computing with Dan O'Sullivan, and Making Things Talk, and is a contributor to Make magazine. He teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He is a co-founder of Arduino because he believes that open fabrication can change the world. He is a fan of women's flat-track roller derby and lives in Brooklyn with a cat named Noodles. He is currently realizing his dream of working with monkeys, and wants to visit Svalbard someday.
Webcast: Beginning NFC with PhoneGap and Arduino April 29, 2014
Don Coleman, Tom Igoe, and Brian Jepson (authors of Beginning NFC ) will introduce you to Near Field Communication using Android phones, Arduino, and NFC readers for computers and Arduino.
"This book is excellent fun and full of ideas on making physical sensors and actuators talk over a variety of networks (direct cable connections), Zigbee and Bluetooth Radio, and with Ethernet/Internet Applications."
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com
"Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world can be fun, but when your homebrewed creations start talking to each other, things get really interesting...Making Things Talk is ideal for "techies" but also serves as a primer for people with little technical training."
--NYU Today, News from New York University
"I don't think I've ever seen a book on "networking" devices be quite this much fun (as well as practical and hands-on)... Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects by Tom Igoe. Once you're done with this book, you'll know more about communication protocols and networking than you thought possible, and you'll know it well. And Spanky will be able to play pong, too...If you're looking to learn theory with hands-on reality, this is it."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings
"This book is perfect for people with little technical training but a lot of interest. Maybe you're a science teacher who wants to show students how to monitor weather conditions at several locations at once, or a sculptor who wants to stage a room of choreographed mechanical sculptures. Making Things Talk demonstrates that once you figure out how objects communicate -- whether they're microcontroller-powered devices, email programs, or networked databases -- you can get them to interact."
--Dale Farris, Golden Triangle PC Club
"If you havent checked this book out yet, we highly recommend it...Its a good primer for all sorts of communication methods; from short range communication using IR, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, to communicating over vast distances over the Internet. Its also a good way to get familiar with basic electronic prototyping, microcontrollers, and TTL-level serial communication. Making Things Talk is not an exhaustive encyclopedia, but more of a well-rounded cookbook. If youre a beginner, it will help you get your feet wet. If youre more experienced, it should still teach you a few new tricks."
--Dave Pryor, Trossen Robotics
"If you have woodworking and tool and die skills this book rocks. If you are a geek like me that can do simple stuff at home but might cut off a finger, then read and laugh but don't try this at home."
--Chris Miller, St Louis DomiNotes User Group
"Igoe's book takes the reader step by step, beginning with tools you'll need, covering various networking theories, programming tips and other techniques...The cool thing and the scary thing about the Arduino phenomenon is the vastness of its potential. Making Things Talk is a thick and very dense manual that does an admirable job of covering as much terrain as possible."
--John Baichtal, Geek Dad
"I really enjoyed this; so much so that I immediately bought a Wiring.org microcontroller and got my first "blinking lights" working last night. If this lights a fire in you as it did in me, you'll want this book, and you'll also want to visit the MAKE Website and perhaps subscribe to MAKE Magazine also."
--Tony Lawrence, AP Lawrence: Information and Resources for Unix and Linux Systems