I’m a computer programmer with an interest in electronics design. Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., I studied computer engineering at CWRU and subsequently worked at software development firm Atomic Object. Currently, I am located in Palo Alto, Calif. where I am the lead engineer at Pebble.
Other interests include participating in various projects, travel, exploring the outdoors, and occasionally attempting photography.
The Tesla Orchestra’s performance featuring a musical solid state Tesla coil premiered at the 2009 Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 the group went on to perform in Rijeka, Croatia in a concert organized by Peek&Poke Retro Computer Club to honor Nikola Tesla.
I designed several pieces of control electronics as well as assisting with the general Tesla coil engineering effort.
I collaborated with Dash 7 Design and Ian Charnas to create the Waterfall Swing, an interactive artistic installation in the form of an oversized swingset. Riders’ motion is sensed by rotary encoders; then, software running on a laptop computer controls 273 solenoid valves to create a wall of water which is interrupted just in time for the rider to swing through. Alternatively, the valves can be used to “print” images and text in the falling water.
I designed solenoid control boards based on the Atmel AVR microcontroller, since there were no available commercial products that could meet the project’s tight schedule and budget. I also implemented the control software including a custom RS-485 based protocol to link the swing electronics to the computer.