Presented by

  • Christopher Biggs

    Christopher Biggs

    Christopher Biggs has been into Open Systems since the early 90s and was there pitching-in at the birth of Linux and 386BSD. His interest in electronics and connected devices goes back even further. Christopher’s career encompasses software development, system architecture and engineering management. Christopher is now the principal of Accelerando Consulting, a boutique consultancy focused on the Internet of Things, doing truly full-stack Linux from chips to cloud. Christopher is convenor of the Brisbane Internet of Things interest group, and was a founding member of HUMBUG, the Brisbane open systems user group. He has presented at conferences and user groups around Australia and internationally. In his spare time he builds and blogs robots with his three children, and adds to the growing Internet of Things.


Artificial Reality is great, but there are two big roadblocks: Cost and Creepfactor. Can we do useful wearable tech involving cameras and head-mounted displays without overdosing on either of those? This talk looks at a platform I've been building for my own needs - to view documentation and instrument readings while my hands are busy, and to read miniscule part numbers and other fine detail. The platform consists of a single board computer from somewhere in the pi milieu (there are a number of suitable products), a budget head-mounted display from vufine, a gravity mouse (with bonus keyboard) and enough batteries, IO and sensors to function as a combination microscope and multimeter display. If you don't have five thousand bucks for a top line immersive AR system, let's get as far as we can for $500.