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We are registered as a legal business in the United States. However we spend most of our time in Shenzhen China. I like to think of it as the center of electronic universe. Possibly nowhere else in the world is it so easy to build a prototype and in the same afternoon manufacture 1000 units at a competitive price.
For better or for worse if you purchase from our website, we will ship to you from China. If we ship a by international post, this typically takes a little more than two weeks. If you need something quickly send us an email and we can send it by DHL or one of the major shipping companies. Expedited international shipping can often be as short as 4 to 5 days.
When I was a child I always knew that I would be an engineer. like most engineers to be, I disassemble all of my toys to see how they work and reassembled them. my grandfather was a German mechanical engineer and his father was an engineer. In my family I am at least the third generation of first born engineers. My grandfather did not like Hitler so he immigrated to Canada and eventually worked his way into America working for Ford motor company in Detroit and later moved to Washington state to work for Boeing.
During the time that world war two started, there was a great deal of hatred towards German people. My mother tells me that my grandfather practiced his English so he could speak perfectly and nobody would know that he was German. However after the war people started to love German quality products once again and knew that German engineers were the best. At that point my grandfather developed a very thick German accent so strong that it was difficult for most people to understand him. This way he got more respect as an engineer. My grandfather's wife was also no slouch, she studied mathematics at the University of Berlin and had some rather famous professors including Albert Einstein. She had numerous stories about how forgetful he was of simple things and profoundly skilled at doing difficult mathematics.
I graduated from Rochester Institute of technology with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. I chose mechanical engineering because I knew that it would be easy for me to do. However I was always very interested in electrical engineering. While I was a student I did some work at the University of Rochester's lab for laser energetics on world's largest infrared laser system at the time used for laser fusion research. I also worked at DEKA the think tank company founded by a famous inventor Dean Kamen that developed the Segway numerous other famous medical devices. I worked with a research group to develop a sterling engine based alternative power supplie for devices like the Segway. This sterling engine project later morphed into a sterling engine water purifier.
After I graduated I moved back to the state of Maine so I could spend more time with my family. I worked at Enercon Technologies. Enercon was a fast-paced electronics contract manufacture. It was my job to help to design products for the customers and then outsource all of the manufacturing except for the electronics which was manufactured by Enercon. This was a great opportunity to learn about manufacturing and designing products for manufacturing. At that time I realized if I could only learn how to do the electrical engineering I could design electronics products in their entirety. That was about 10 years ago but I'm proud to be significantly skilled in both fields mechanical and electrical. Since that time I moved to Silicon Valley in Northern California. During that time I spent a lot of time working in the cell phone industry. Through my work in the cell phone industry I started to spend a lot of time in Asia. I lived for about two years in Hong Kong. At that time I started to study Mandarin. Being able to speak Mandarin has made life and traveling in China much easier. during 2008 I traveled to the site of the earthquake in Sichuan province and met the survivors. I saw the terra-cotta warriors on my way to Beijing where I hung out during the Olympics. After the Beijing Olympics I moved to Taiwan to work for OpenMoko on the world's first open source open hardware smart phone. here I got to see firsthand the advantages and disadvantages of open hardware. At that time the Arduino had just started to get popular with their Duemilanove which is Italian for 2009. After OpenMoko closed their phone project and laid everybody off. I took a one-year vacation to study Arduino and learn as much as I could about electronics.
Using the Arduino architecture to design electronics products gives you numerous benefits. There are massive libraries of open source code available. There are numerous blogs where people have pushed the limits of the hardware and human imagination.