Physical computing is the future of architecture, whether far, far away, or just around the corner, you need to be familiar with the concept. The man leading this environmental and technical revolution is Tom Igoe, and the bible to this movement is Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, which for only twenty dollars, is a steal. Below is an excerpt from the back cover of Physical Computing, and distills the essential values behind the movement below:
“The computer revolution has made it easy for people with little to no technical training to use a computer for such everyday tasks as typing a letter, saving files, or recording data. But what about more imaginative purposes such as starting your car, opening a door, or tracking the contents of your refrigerator? “Physical Computing” will not only change the way you use your computer, it will change the way you think about your computer—how you view its capabilities, how you interact with it, and how you put it to work for you. It’s time to bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual—time to use more than just your fingers to interact with your computer. Step outside of the confines of the basic computer and into the broader world of computing.”
I have planned to take on the task during the next few years to learn the process behind physical computing and create something architectural. I will document the resources that I use during my journey on this page. If you know of a blog or resource related to physical computing, please feel free to submit the link below.