Alasdair Allan

http://twitter.com/aallan

Exeter, England

Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Objective-C
  • iPhone
  • Perl
  • Astronomy
  • Sensors
  • Arduino
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
Alasdair Allan is the author of  Learning iOS ProgrammingProgramming iOS Sensors, Basic Sensors in iOS, Geolocation in iOS, iOS Sensor Apps and Arduino and Augmented Reality in iOS, all published by O'Reilly Media. He is a senior research fellow in Astronomy at the University of Exeter. As part of his work there he is building a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, will reactively schedule observations of time-critical events. Notable successes include contributing to the detection of the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2. Alasdair also runs a small technology consulting business writing bespoke software, building open hardware and providing training. He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary about them in 140 characters or less.

Augmented Reality in iOS Augmented Reality in iOS
by Alasdair Allan
February 2013 (est.)
Print: $19.99

Geolocation in iOS Geolocation in iOS
by Alasdair Allan
October 2012
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $12.99

iOS Sensor Programming iOS Sensor Programming
by Alasdair Allan
May 2012

Learning iOS Programming Learning iOS Programming
by Alasdair Allan
Second Edition March 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino
by Alasdair Allan
September 2011
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $9.99

Basic Sensors in iOS Basic Sensors in iOS
by Alasdair Allan
July 2011
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $12.99

Learning iPhone Programming Learning iPhone Programming
by Alasdair Allan
March 2010
Ebook: $23.99

An Introduction to iOS Programming An Introduction to iOS Programming
by Alasdair Allan
Second Edition August 2012
Video: $29.99

Getting Started with Arduino and iOS Getting Started with Arduino and iOS
by Alasdair Allan
May 2012
Video: $39.99

Strata Conference Santa Clara 2012: Complete Video Compilation Strata Conference Santa Clara 2012: Complete Video Compilation
March 2012
Video: $399.00

Strata Conference New York 2011: Complete Video Compilation Strata Conference New York 2011: Complete Video Compilation
October 2011
Video: $399.99

Real World Applications Panel: Machine Learning and Decision Support Real World Applications Panel: Machine Learning and Decision Support
by Alasdair Allan , Alon Halevy , Robert Lancaster , Jonathan Seidman
March 2011
OUT OF PRINT

Alasdair Allan on Making use of iPhone and iPad Location Sensors Alasdair Allan on Making use of iPhone and iPad Location Sensors
by Alasdair Allan
August 2010
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Teardown of Wireless Sensor Tags

November 23 2012

The Wireless Sensor Tag is a smart tag system by CAO Gadgets. The Wireless Sensor Tag(Credit: CAO Gadgets) The system is based around an Ethernet Tag Manager, a small box that connects directly to your home router and manages the all the associated tags. Basically it acts as a bridge… read more

Digging into the UDID data

September 06 2012

Over the weekend the hacker group Antisec released one million UDID records that they claim to have obtained from an FBI laptop using a Java vulnerability. In reply the FBI stated: The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that … read more

Mining the astronomical literature

August 15 2012

There is a huge debate right now about making academic literature freely accessible and moving toward open access. But what would be possible if people stopped talking about it and just dug in and got on with it? NASA’s Astrophysics … read more

They promised us flying cars

August 03 2012

We may be living in the future, but it hasn’t entirely worked out how we were promised. I remember the predictions clearly: the 21st century was supposed to be full of self-driving cars, personal communicators, replicators and private space ships. … read more

Tertiary data: Big data's hidden layer

March 19 2012

Big data isn't limited to multi-terabyte datasets or data markets. It also includes the hidden data you carry with you all the time and the growing data on your movements, contacts and social interactions. read more

Fighting the next mobile war

September 28 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun. read more

Apple and a web-free cloud

June 16 2011

From custom chips, to the data centers backing its new iCloud effort, Apple is committed to controlling the end-user experience. The web has no place in their vision. read more

The next, next big thing

May 19 2011

Those evangelizing the revolutionary qualities of "the next big thing" (whatever it may be) would do well to revisit past "big things." Truth is, computing goes in cycles. read more

The secret is to bang the rocks together

May 13 2011

Every so often a piece of technology can become a lever that lets people move the world, just a little bit. The Arduino is one of those levers. read more

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves

April 20 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file. read more

Radiation visualizations paint a different picture of Japan

March 21 2011

From talking to people on the ground in Japan, and by looking at the actual measurements across the country, a very different picture emerges than that reported by the Western media. read more

The abandonment of technology

March 03 2011

We face a choice between a future of accelerating technological progress and an age of declining possibilities and narrowing horizons. That choice depends on the problems we choose to solve. read more

The return of the Personal Area Network

March 01 2011

The web of things and less intrusive "wearables" could reignite the personal area network, at least in a slightly different form from years past. read more

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Webcast: An Introduction to building mapping apps for the iPhone and iPad
September 28, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free The iPhone has quickly become one of the primary interface devices for geographically tagged data, and underlying geo-location on the iPhone and iPad devices is the Core Location framework. The framework...

Webcast: An introduction to building mapping applications for the iPhone and iPad
April 28, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free The iPhone has quickly become one of the primary interface devices for geographically tagged data, and underlying geo-location on the iPhone and iPad devices is the Core Location framework. The framework...

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