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Making Things Talk, 2nd Edition by Tom Igoe

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Chapter 3. A More Complex Network

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Networked Flowers by Doria Fan, Mauricio Melo, and Jason Kaufman

Networked Flowers is a personal communication device for sending someone digital blooms. Each bloom has a different lighting animation. The flower sculpture has a network connection. The flower is controlled from a website that sends commands to the flower when the web visitor chooses a lighting animation.

Now that you’ve got the basics of network communications, it’s time to tackle something more complex. The best place to start is with the most familiar data network: the Internet. It’s not actually a single network, but a collection of networks owned ...

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