Using Scratch to control household devices

December 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

Scratch as a new standard for end-user programming, not just to introduce computing?

With the help of his students, computer science Professor Michael Littman is creating a way for people to program everyday devices using Scratch, a programming language developed in 2007 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“The project is about allowing people who have little or no programming experience to use basic programming available through a colorful and simple interface, [Scratch], to customize their home appliances,” said Monica Babes, a principle graduate researcher and computer science teaching assistant.

By clicking blocks together that correspond to the functions of an appliance, a person can easily program anything in his or her home using Scratch, said Jordan Ash, a School of Engineering sophomore.

via Program makes gadget control user-friendly – Daily Targum – News.

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