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Wednesday, October 10 • 11:00am - 11:30am
I'm Afraid Your Browser Has Been Talking to the Robots Again - A Gentle Intro to WebUSB - Suz Hinton, Microsoft

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The browser’s capabilities have snuck up on us over the years, and it’s turned into a full-blown operating system! "But wait," I hear you protest, "it’s not like the browser can talk to stuff I have plugged into my USB ports!". Ah! But it can!

The new WebUSB spec has arrived and is already supported in at least one browser today. The previous hacks of connecting browsers to robots and other hardware will soon be a thing of the past. WebUSB as a first class API citizen opens up some great opportunities to create new and delightful experiences with robotics.

I’ll introduce you to the WebUSB API, its history, and compare it to the previous ’hacks’ to demonstrate why this is such a big deal for you, as a web developer. There will be real hardware shown on stage ready to inspire you to think outside of the box of what browsers are really meant to be used for.

Speakers
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Suz Hinton

Software Engineer, Microsoft
Suz is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. An established public speaker with many years experience, Suz specializes in accessibility, hardware, JavaScript, and cloud computing. She likes dreaming up fun electronic projects in her spare time and is currently trying to push the... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
West Meeting Room 118-120