Chapter 1. Introduction

Why Make Things Smart?

It’s easy to categorize different forms of creativity and think that they don’t really overlap. We differentiate makers in our minds in the way we describe them: artists, computer programmers, architects, or fashion designers.

These different craftspeople are, however, united by the fact that over the last few years they have all been incorporating smart devices into their creations. We’ve seen an explosion of home-automation, wearable technology, and intelligent art installations. Computer programs are no longer just in our laptops; we have programmable kettles, clothes, cars, and climate controls.

Even within the sphere of technology, distinctions are drawn between mechanics, electronics, and ...

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