CAMP | Jean-Philippe Côté
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Jean-Philippe Côté

About This Project


In his first life, which started at the early dawn of the web, Jean-Philippe Côté was an award-winning web developer and internet nerd. In his second life as an educator, he makes a habit of pushing the boundaries of what technology can do and invites his students to do the same. In that spirit, his latest adventure is the creation of Through this website, he explores the ways in which web technologies can break out of their supermax browser prison and shape the tangible, physical world. The time has come for interfaces to go beyond flat, rectangular, glassy surfaces.
He holds a Master’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Experimental Media. He currently is a professor with the Multimedia Department of Edouard-Montpetit College. He gives back to the community through various open source projects and is currently working on a book targeted at web developers eager to discover physical computing.

Web Developers, Please Meet… the Physical World!


If you are a web developer, you already have most of the necessary knowledge to get started in physical computing. This talk will show you how easy it is to leverage your HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills to interact with the real, physical world. It will look at the best (free) software and (easy to use) hardware to make this happen.

The strategy goes like this: 1) set up a browser-driven runtime environment, 2) hook up an I/O board to bridge the gap with the tangible world, 3) connect all sorts of cool widgets and 4) go crazy!


Reignite your passion for HTML, CSS and JavaScript by discovering exciting news ways in which these technologies can be used today.


Walk Away With

  1. What exactly is physical computing
  2. How much fun you are missing out on by not trying it out
  3. How easy it is for a web developer to interact with the analog world
  4. Which software environment you should start exploring with
  5. Which hardware platform is the best for a web developer to get started

Target Audience

Web geeks or anybody with basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (and a taste for adventure). No electronics knowledge required.


Design, Technology