Last month I went to the Wellington web dev conference WDCNZ and it was truely awesome. The main themes that stood out are these:
Design your things in small bits
Everyone is using Node
Build yourself some awesome hardware and programme it
This was made to look easier than you might think. Get some random lights or motors, connect them to an Arduino, glue on a Rasberry Pi to provide a wifi link and/or web interface, and the rest is just code. We saw Sara Chipps’ programmable jewellery and Sarah Hui’s nodebot in action.
Look out for a more detailed review coming up on the Softwire blog soon!