At the end of 2013, I was looking into the startup space in Buffalo and contemplating both how to get back into doing Electrical Engineering after a couple years doing mechanical work, and perhaps how to go independent. A friend of mine introduced me to a neat event called Startup Weekend and I was immediately interested. My friend (a software engineer) and I quickly teamed up with acquaintances of ours Clark (Former employee at Vuzix) and Brendon (recent MBA grad) Dever as well as a talented embedded engineer Joseph Sherry. Clark had in idea. As a former Vuzix employee who was watching Google Glass and other products rise to the fore-front he was all too aware of how difficult it was to develop that kind of high technology. Why not just make a simple status indicator based on a stoplight that leveraged the sensory in your phone. The mission was simple, steal as much existing technology as possible and jam a simple bluetooth-connected indicator on to a pair of safety glasses. You have 36 hours…go!
Step 1) Get organized and make one hell of a schematic.
Step 2) Hit the Breadboard
Step 3) Hit the breadboard harder…
Step 4) Power tools and mad science
HeadsUp is a real live company now working out of the z80 incubater in Buffalo, NY! I’ve moved on since then, but I wish those guys the best as they continue to tackle challenging technical problems!