Sam Bellen

Information & Communications Technology

JavaScript Browser APIs Audio Web Authentication Identity Management

Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

The connected web: talk to the devices around you, from the comfort of your browser.

Can you imagine a world where you don’t have to install drivers, or software, just to use that new device you just bought? Can you imagine getting information from your bluetooth devices, straight in the browser? The internet is not an isolated place anymore. We are able to communicate to other devices through a whole variety of methods and connections. From talking to musical instruments through the MIDI protocol, to all sorts of other devices with bluetooth and web USB.

The talk does not require any previous experience except some basic JavaScript knowledge. It will take the audience through a brief history of the ways you can interact with a web-browser using hardware devices. After this introduction, I will demonstrate some of the newer ways to control the web-page with hardware or the other way around. Think web-bluetooth and web-USB. After this talk the audience should have a better view on the capabilities of modern browser in terms of communicating with hardware.


Sam Bellen

Developer evangelist at Auth0

I'm a Google Developer Expert who works as a Developer Advocate Engineer at Auth0. At Auth0 we're trying to make authentication and identification as easy as possible, while still keeping it secure.

After office hours I like to play around with the web-audio API, and other "exotic" browser APIs. One of my side projects is a library to add audio effects to an audio input using JavaScript.

When I'm not behind a computer, you can find me playing the guitar, having a beer at a concert, or trying to snap the next perfect picture.

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