Chapter 14. Toward the Physical Internet
In the previous chapter, our foray into building robots was mainly focused on connecting inputs (sensors for motion, proximity, etc.) and outputs (motors, displays, LEDs, etc.). In this chapter, we’ll expand our work with single robotic devices to use robots as building blocks for shared experiences.
This chapter explores a few perspectives on the increasingly connected world we’re building, and gives some example projects on how you can become an active participant in creating this connected society.
What Are Shared Experiences?
If you use Twitter or Facebook, you can see shared experiences as the connections you make when you “like” or “retweet” messages in your social network. Shared experiences allow humans to connect and form new kinds of communities. With the help of robots, shared experiences get physical.
For example, you could build a simple light setup that flashes when someone tweets ...