On Wednesday at the SouthEast Michigan Ruby Brigade I gave a 'lightning talk' on Ruby & Hardware. It is a quick succession of slides (written using S5) on some of the cool hardware devices you can control with Ruby, or hardware you can control your computer with.
It has includes examples and links to using Ruby with:
- Symbian Mobile Phones
- Nokia 770
- Roomba vacuum cleaners
- Apple Remotes (the kind you get with your MacBook/MacMini)
- SlimDevices SqueezeBox and SlimServer
- Lego Mindstorms NXT
There are definitely more devices out there that can or should work with Ruby. Given ruby-serialport it's possible to control just about anything.