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We are taking back the term “Hacking” which has been soured in the public mind. Hacking is an art form that uses something in a way in which it was not originally intended. This highly creative activity can be highly technical, simply clever, or both. Hackers bask in the glory of building it instead of buying it, repairing it rather than trashing it, and raiding their junk bins for new projects every time they can steal a few moments away.
Our front page is a mix of hacks from around the community as well as our own original content. We strive to promote the free and open exchange of ideas and information. We educate those just learning the art of Hack, and provide inspiration for the seasoned veterans. Don’t be shy; if you want to show off your project, or have found something cool of someone else’s that deserves sharing, send us a link!
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[Mike Szczys]: Managing Editor
Mike is an orchestra musician by night and a writer by day but still makes a point to fit in time for hacking hobby electronics. Specifically, he enjoys working with AVR microcontrollers and recently has been exploring ARM, working with both STM and TI varieties of chips.
[Brian Benchoff]: Contributing Editor
Brian has two degrees, one in Electronic Media and the other in Psychology. He’s an avid hacker that built his own computer, wrote a yet-to-be-released book about getting the most out of a Raspberry Pi, and is working toward his Level 2 HPR Certification using this rocket design.
[Adam Fabio]: Community Editor
Adam has a degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook. While at school, he was a founding member of the Stony Brook robot design team. He helped design David and Rogue, six legged robots that competed in the SAE walking machine decathlon.It’s often said that Adam has been taking things apart since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Sometimes he even gets them back together. Adam’s day job is designing embedded software for Radar and Air Traffic Control systems. He also spends time working on the hardware for these systems. It was this merging of hardware and software that lead to his personal site – The Renaissance Engineer. When he’s not at work, Adam can often be found in his basement lab working on anything from 3D printers to quadcopters to pulse oximeters. Some of his current projects have taken him back to his robotic roots, designing robots for students and education.
[Bil Herd]: Video Producer
Bil Herd is a self-taught engineer who started as a licensed TV/CB Repairman in his teens. By the age of 24 he was working as a senior design engineer for Commodore Business Machines in the mid 1980’s where he is best known for home computers including the Commodore C128 and Plus4/264 series of home computers. Bil continued to design hardware until the mid-1990’s having co-authored a high speed/machine vision patent, when he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and has since founded several networking and software design companies.
Bil attributes his design style and his intuitive understanding of electronics to having come up through the ranks of troubleshooting. He loves the part of engineering that can be scary: analog circuits, ground loops, RFI/EMI, RF and high speed digital/FPGA. Having designed complex products that had production runs in the millions Bil tends to see a design as a living ecosystem and believes that a good designer needs to be both meticulous and artistic.
Bils’s upcoming website is Herdware.com (referring to an Easter Egg embedded in the C128), where he hopes to figure out and join the Open Source Hardware community as an active member.
[Eric Evenchick]: Contributor
Eric is finishing up a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. During his time at Waterloo, he’s been involved with the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (www.uwaft.com), developing electronics and controls systems for hybrid vehicle powertrains. He has also had some fun making things go boom, and occasionally upwards, with the Waterloo Rocketry Team (uwrocketry.blogspot.ca).His co-op placements have given him the chance to develop production hardware and firmware. He designed a vehicle data logger while at CrossChasm Technologies, and worked on the first ever over-the-air firmware upgrade for a car at Tesla Motors.
[Josh Marsh]: Contributor
Josh is probably best described as a mashup of hacker and artist. He has an MFA in Dramatic Media (computer animation), and a BA in English. He’s finishing his PhD in Theatre and Performance where he studies new media, technology, affect theory and stage magic. Formerly a high school English teacher, he now teaches film, animation and technology classes. His current interests are transportation hacks—Segways, skateboards, EV’s of all types—and hacking-meets-philosophy: Wark & Stiegler, and opposition to vectoralists.
[Mathieu Stephan]: Contributor
Mathieu’s main job is building high speed electronic circuits for quantum cryptography related products. In his spare time he explores new electronic concepts through his hobby projects. You may remember his whistled platform or his business card, both of which were featured here on Hackaday.
[James Hobson]: Contributor
James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with a focus on Mechanical Systems and Automation. He works by day as a Mechanical Designer for a company that designs and builds plastic injection molding machines in Toronto, Ontario. While he has been breaking making things all his life, his first major foray into the world of hacking was when he and a friend converted a 1993 Honda Del Sol to electric using the guts of an electric forklift. He’s an avid YouTube producer and loves to make real, working prototypes of movie props and other fictional items. You might know him as the Hacksmith; a jack-of-all trades maker/tinkerer, armed with a 3D printer and the tools of a machinist.
[Kristina Panos]: Contributor
Kristina has an Electronics Technology degree and 15 years of experience in Telecommunications Engineering. She relishes the power to order high-bandwidth circuitry and to add domestic and international dialing capability to all the DIDs on a given PRI. In an attempt to satisfy her right brain, she likes to make things out of various materials.She has never, ever built a blue box, but managed to overcome astigmatism in her left eye without even trying.
[Rich Bremer]: Contributor
Rich has a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and has been working as a Manufacturing Engineer for many, many moons. In his down time, he enjoys building anything really, with an emphasis on hobby level CNC machines and sometimes cursing his way through Arduino projects. Rich is working on increasing his electronics skills and regularly mills his own PCBs.
[Nick Conn]: Contributor
Nick is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in Microsystems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and has received both his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from RIT. His research focuses on low-power medical devices and biomedical signal processing. His professional interests include algorithm development, pattern recognition, physiology, and biomedical instrumentation.He enjoys working on many different projects and runs two blogs: NJC’s MSP430 LaunchPad Blog and Hardware Breakout. He is an entrepreneur at heart, and cannot wait to get into the world of startups.
[Aleksandar Bradic]: Contributor-at-Large
Alek is still figuring it all out, but has been around for a while. Started out as Linux systems/embedded engineer, he spent most of his career so far playing with challenges at the intersection of infrastructure (large-scale/high-performance stuff), algorithms (search, crypto) and data (signal processing, machine learning). He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, MSc in Computer Science and MSc in Statistics. He’s obsessed with computation, art and building unnecessary complex things. Also noise. In his real life, he’s the CTO and overlord-in-residence at Supplyframe.
[Will Sweatman]: Contributor
Will is very lucky to have a day job that fits into his hobby of hacking. He travels all over the country to some of the most prestigious universities and largest corporations to repair scientific instruments. He brings back faulty parts and uses them in all kinds of neat projects. Will has been hacking since 2008, and mostly enjoys reverse engineering hardware and firmware. One of his favorite hacks is to take animatronic toys and make them say things they were never supposed to. He has done two high altitude balloon projects, and he really wants to push this area further. You can do some cool stuff up there.
[Jasmine Brackett]: Hackaday Projects Community Manager
Before moving to sunny SoCal from the UK, Jasmine managed charity and museum websites while studying Theatrical Costume Making. She hates to see things go to waste and loves reuse and re-purpose items that would normally go to landfill. When she is not looking after the Hackaday.io Community, she likes to combine her historical costume construction skills with electronics, and helps out with collaborative art projects.
[Ben Delarre] Site Hacker
[Ben] has been programming since he got his grubby paws on a ZX Spectrum back in the late 80s. At the time the machine was as old as he was. He spends most of his time these days building web applications, Android apps, CNC machines, electronics doohickeys, things with blinkenlights, projects for Burning Man and whatever else takes his fancy that week. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and spent 2 years studying Art and Technology in Sweden. In real life he’s a senior developer, inventor and general hacker for SupplyFrame. He also helps administer the Hackaday hosting.
[Rick Osgood] Contributor
[Rick] has a degree in network security and currently works as a security analyst. At age 21 he co-founded HeatSync Labs hackerspace in Arizona. Two years later he co-founded Eugene Maker Space in Oregon. Outside of work and hackerspaces, [Rick] spends his free time learning new skills, making all kinds of things, and publishing weekly DIY YouTube videos. He enjoys collecting a wide variety of skills and claims to know a little bit about a lot of things.
[Gregory Charvat] Contributor-at-Large
Gregory L. Charvat, Ph.D is author of Small and Short-Range Radar Systems, visiting research scientist at Camera Culture Group Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, co-founder of Hyperfine Research Inc. and Butterfly Network Inc., editor of the Gregory L. Charvat Series on Practical Approaches to Electrical Engineering, and guest commentator on CNN, CBS, Sky News, and others. He was a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from September 2007 to November 2011, where his work on through-wall radar won best paper at the 2010 MSS Tri-Services Radar Symposium and is an MIT Office of the Provost 2011 research highlight. He has taught short radar courses at MIT, where his Build a Small Radar course was the top-ranked MIT professional education course in 2011 and has become widely adopted by other universities, laboratories, and private organizations. Starting at an early age, Greg developed numerous radar systems, rail SAR imaging sensors, phased array radar systems; holds several patents; and has developed many other sensors and radio and audio equipment. He has authored numerous publications and received a great deal of press for his work. Greg earned a Ph.D in electrical engineering in 2007, MSEE in 2003, and BSEE in 2002 from Michigan State University, and is a senior member of the IEEE, where he served on the steering committee for the 2010, 2013, and 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology and chaired the IEEE AP-S Boston Chapter from 2010-2011.
Where’s everyone else?
There has been a long list of great Editors and Contributors to Hackaday. It was simply a huge pain in the butt to try to gather them all up. Some people only wrote a couple of hacks, and some return every couple of years. Only our current staff is listed above.
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