Robert Faludi

Robert Faludi

Device networker, professor, author, maker, collaborative interaction designer

New York, New York

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Robert Faludi is a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. He frequently consults on interactive projects including recent work in entertainment, architecture and toys. Faludi is currently the Chief Innovator at Digi International, with a mandate to forge stronger connections with the maker community, discover outstanding new work, contribute to outside projects, and generally support innovation. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

Areas of Expertise:

  • wireless
  • ZigBee
  • device networking
  • 802.15.4
  • radio
  • networking
  • interaction design
  • collaboration
  • arduino
  • processing
  • XBee
  • speaking




“An invaluable guide.”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, March 2011, Volume 6, Number 3
“...after a few pages, you’re in and up and running. By the time your halfway through, you’re dangerous.”
— Bob and Joy Schwabach,
“A huge amount of work has gone into this book to make it look simple. It is also up to date (late 2010). I highly recommend it to anyone.”
— Robin Pain, WSN Motes
“I love this book!”
— Jordan Husney, WSN Motes
“This book is a *must* for anyone working with xBee series 2 radios.”
— SFTA of Brooklyn, NY, WSN Motes
“This is not the last word on using ZigBee and building wireless sensor networks, but it is essential reading if you are using Series 2 XBees. If this is the case then don't even spend time contemplating, just buy a copy because it will save you time.”
— Harry Fairhead, I Programmer