Daryl Wilding-McBride


CTO at DiUS, Maker of autonomous flying robots

When Daryl Wilding-McBride graduated in Electronics Engineering from RMIT in the mid-1980s, he was unable to find his dream job designing VLSI chips in Australia, but he found real-time control software for scientific instruments just as interesting. Later he worked on control systems for air traffic control radars, and enterprise web and mobile software. With the growing emergence of the Internet of Things over the last few years, and ubiquitous sensing before that, he has found good reason to dust off his embedded software toolchains, prototyping breadboard, and soldering iron, initially for fun and more lately for profit as part of his work as CTO at DiUS. He is particularly interested in autonomous flying robots, low-power mesh radio networks, and solving worthwhile problems by applying these technologies to create shared value.

YOW! West 2014 Perth

Hands-on with the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the integration of the physical world with the digital world using open standards, enabling us to build new classes of applications that help to make people safer, healthier, and better informed.

We need to turn our minds to solving the worthwhile challenges that are as-yet unsolved in these new classes of application; in doing so, we are solving problems that affect the vast majority of the world’s population, for the physical world is where they live.

My objective in this talk is to show you how easy and rewarding it is to get involved with building the IoT, using some practical examples of technology along the IoT spectrum:

  • A long-range radio modem for integrating remote sensing devices with the Internet.
  • An inexpensive image recognition module capable of tracking many objects at high speed.
  • An autonomous flying robot that can find a lost bushwalker and drop a bottle of water to them. This example will draw on my experience building from scratch a quadcopter entry for this year’s UAV Outback Challenge uavoutbackchallenge.com.au

Using these pieces of the IoT, I will show some examples and demonstrations of what can be done by applying and extending the technical skills you already have, by leveraging the very approachable open source hardware and software that’s available. I’ll include some pointers for what technologies to use and how to get started.