James McLurkin, Senior Hardware Engineer at Google, stopped by Adafruit, we chatted about making things and empowering people to make things, including the AIY Vision kit and the AIY Voice klt (video).
“I am a robotics engineer with 20+ years of experience in the field, both as an industry project lead and an award-winning researcher at MIT and Rice University. I’m a thought leader in multi-robot systems, having led engineering teams in building 2 different swarms with 100+ robots each. My interests are broad; but I’m only happy working on challenging projects involving electrical/mechanical/computational integration. I’m at Google now, developing cool new gizmos, returning to my roots as a hardware engineer.” – James McLurkin
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