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October 2, 2012

Colin Karpfinger returns to his College to Motivate the Current Students

at 3:36 am. Filed under Educational


Colin Karpfinger who you might have seen in Wired recently (and on Hacked Gadgets before) wanted to inspire the current group of students at his old College, he told them how he started out in electronics and some of the stumbles along the way. He talks about his 555 timer project where he built a beeping countdown bomb simulation on a breadboard. Unfortunately the professor wasn’t very impressed. 🙂 He designed it into a product that he wanted to sell but component tolerances made the newly built circuit not work correctly. He was introduced to microcontrollers which is perfect for this type of task. He also talks about a project to improve mobile gaming that made it to the shelves of Best Buy.


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5 Responses to “Colin Karpfinger returns to his College to Motivate the Current Students”

  1. Ricouzuki Says:

    What school did he go to?

  2. Andy Says:

    It says right there in the text: College.

  3. Colin Says:

    @Ricouzuki I went to University of Minnesota

  4. Jon Says:

    Hey, I had Charles as a professor! His tests were notoriously difficult but thanks in large part to that class I am now an embedded engineer 🙂

  5. Wireless Arduino Platform – LightBlue Cortado - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] Through Design which includes Colin Karpfinger who has been featured here before have been working hard on the next project. They have come up with an interesting product concept […]

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