Nicolas Villar, Research, Microsoft Research
Friday, August 24, 2012, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Engineering 2, Room 215
Hosted By the Center for Games and Playable Media
.NET Gadgeteer is an open-source prototyping platform conceived to make it easier to design and build custom electronic devices. It is comprised of three main elements: solder-less plug-and-play modular electronic hardware; object-oriented managed software libraries which are accessible using a high-level programming language and established development environment; and 3D design and construction tools designed to facilitate a great deal of control over the form factor of the resulting electronic devices. Each of these elements is designed to be accessible to a wide range of people with varying backgrounds and levels of experience and at the same time provide enough flexibility to allow experts to build relatively sophisticated devices and complex systems in less time than they are used to.
Nicolas Villar is a researcher at Microsoft Research, based in Cambridge, UK. His current research focuses on understanding and developing technologies that enable computing devices to be rapidly prototyped, manufactured and deployed. The work is driven by a vision for customizable and reusable objects can be digitally designed and built to be adaptable, upgradeable and modular. He is also interested in the development of novel input devices and interaction techniques.