Amanda Ervin has been working at the intersection of art & technology for 15 years. She received an MFA in Combined Media from the University at Albany, focusing on digital and electronic media. She has taught classes at universities, artist spaces, schools, and makerspaces all over New York State. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the University at Albany, and Hudson Valley Community College. Since October 2015, Amanda has been building a Makerspace at Union College in Schenectady, NY. this includes developing curriculum, writing equipment grants, and getting students excited about Maker things.
Amanda's interests include designing things that are an extension of our human experience, through augmentation and emotion, paired with technology. Her artwork and has been shown in NYC and San Diego, including SIGGRAPH.
This workshop will cover basic cell phone development. Participants will use the breakout board, sold by Adafruit, with the SIM5320A chip. This chip uses SIM technology to get users onto cellular networks. From there, users can make phone calls, send text messages, or use wifi networks. The SIM5320A has many interface options including I2C, SPI, and GPIO for adding sensors to your cellular devices. Participants will become acquainted with AT commands and LUA protocol.
Each participant should bring a laptop, running preferably osx or linux. In addition, please bring the following materials (linked to their product page on Adafruit):
You may opt to purchase a kit containing all of the below materials when you purchase your conference pass on the eventbrite page. Alternatively, you may buy the materials on your own via the links below.