Software & Hardware Collide

Software & Hardware Collide

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Over the last few years, members of the O'Reilly community have increasingly turned their attention to hardware. It’s getting much easier to design, prototype, build and market hardware, and it’s getting easier to integrate software and hardware into fluid packages of intelligence, beauty, and intuitive design. Hardware and software are coming together, and it’s becoming essential for each side to understand the other.

Collected here are a few of the stories and theories from our alpha-geek friends that come from the convergence of software and hardware.

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Kipp Bradford

Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for creating new products as well as finding new applications for existing technologies. He was the founder or cofounder of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Kipp co-founded Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology and co-organizes Rhode Island's mini Maker Faire. As the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp teaches several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He is the chair of the Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Faculty group and serves on the boards of The Steel Yard and AS220. He is also on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine and is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University.

Jon Bruner

Jon Bruner

Jon Bruner is a data journalist who approaches questions that interest him by writing and coding. Before coming to O'Reilly, where he is editor-at-large, he was data editor at Forbes Magazine. He lives in New York, where he can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

Matthew Gast

Matthew Gast

Matthew Gast is the director of product management at Aerohive Networks responsible for the software that powers Aerohive's networking devices. He has been active within the Wi-Fi community, serving as the chair of both security task groups at the Wi-Fi Alliance, where he leads efforts to extend the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) certification to incorporate newly developed security technologies and drive adoption of the strongest forms of security by network administrators. He also led the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wireless Network Management marketing task group's investigation of certification requirements for new power saving technologies. Matthew is also the past chair of the 802.11 revision task group of the 802.11 Working Group.

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.

Jim Stogdill

Jim Stogdill

Jim Stogdill heads up O'Reilly's Radar and Strata businesses. A lifelong technology practitioner, he's finding this media thing ridiculously fun. In a previous life he traveled the world with the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately, from his vantage point it all looked like the inside of a submarine. He spends his free time hacking silver halides with decidedly low-tech gear.

Andy Fitzgerald

Andy Fitzgerald is an Interaction Designer at frog design in Seattle. Andy has spent the better part of a decade massaging truculent bits of information into difficult digital spaces. His more recent work focuses on mobile and on designing for effective experiences across diverse digital touchpoints.

Glen Martin

Glen Martin covered science and environment for the San Francisco Chronicle for 17 years, and has freelanced to more than 50 magazines, including Wired, Audubon, Discover, The Utne Reader, Menís Journal, Science Digest, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, Outside, Sierra, The Financialist, Reader's Digest, and publications for the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Notre Dame University, the University of Colorado, and San Francisco State University. His latest book, Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife, was published in 2012 by the University of California Press.