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, invented the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine's more popular DIY projects. He has contributed to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and Makery, and wrote a chapter from the popular book, Maker Pro. He is a mentor at HAX, and other accelerators. For the last several years Mitch has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder (as he still sometimes does at Noisebridge when he's in town). Mitch promotes hackerspaces, open source hardware, and mentors others wherever he goes. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.
Mitch's Wikipedia page
Mitch's talk on TEDxBrussels talk: "The Hackerspace Movement"
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