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Javascript Robotics and Hardware at ActiveProspect

It’s an awesome time to be a Javascript developer. People are putting JS wrappers, and even native JS, on all sorts of crazy devices: robots, drones, copters, phones, legos...the list goes on. This talk covers some of the ways Javascript is becoming not just the language of the web, but also a language of physical things. Some demonstrations of a physically-manifested nature (i.e. robots!) will be shown, so wear socks (that will presumably be knocked off).

About the presenter:

Kassandra Perch is a developer, crafter, and gamer. She spends her days at RetailMeNot, as a front-end dev trying to make workflows easier and more efficient. She is a completely unrepentant JavaScript addict, and is especially interested in the open web, hardware hacking, and Node.JS.


ActiveProspect is sponsoring and hosting our February Hack Night. They will provide pizza and drinks.  They are actively hiring, and would like to meet female developers. They will briefly talk about the company and jobs available there.

I've been to ActiveProspect once, and they have a really nice, loft-style office, a very pleasant place to cowork. So please come and check them out! (This is only a temporary change of place. Our March and subsequent meetings will continue to be at BuildASign.)

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  • Elze H

    Kassandra Perch gave a presentation about Javascript in hardware. She brought several gadgets that let you program hardware with Javascript: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Espruino (microcontroller that runs Javascript natively), a Firefox phone (that lets you run HTML / CSS / Javascript applications natively -- as it says on Firefox phone website, "entire user interface is a web app capable of displaying and launching other Web apps"). Kassandra uses this phone as a remote controller to control presentation slides written in reveal.js. Maybe she brought something else too, but I forgot.

    She showed us demos of code that uses a johnny-five, a Javascript framework for Arduino. And the blinkenlights plugged into the Arduino actually lit up.

    February 22, 2014

  • Lisa

    Loved it. Heading to radio shack this weekend to start building

    February 12, 2014

  • Cindy

    My JavaScript is incredibly rusty, will this be an impediment?

    February 10, 2014

    • Kassandra P.

      It shouldn't be- the code is pretty easy to follow.

      February 11, 2014

    • Cindy

      Alright, thank you!

      February 12, 2014

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