Mitch Altman is much more than a hardware hacker who knows a great deal about TV remotes. That doesn't stop him from turning off every TV on the planet in his general area. He's crafty and kind.
Mitch is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he was also co-founder of 3ware (a SillyValley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine's most popular DIY projects. He contributes to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.