Chris Anderson (A Drone of Your Own) is a self-described “suit with an inner geek” who failed out of college, spent his twenties as a bike messenger/punk musician, went back to college to become a physicist, and ended up a magazine editor (Wired). He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his superhero wife and their five kids, ranging in age from 1 to 12. His favorite tools are a fine pair of reversible wire stripper/clippers and a good soldering iron. He enjoys making LEDs blink.
Todd Lappin (Kustom Tonkas) lives in San Francisco, where he works as a product
strategist and editor to help clients create branded media experiences that delight
audiences and deliver strategic results. On the side, Todd is the creator of Telstar Logistics
( telstarlogistics.com), a fictitious transportation conglomerate that provides valuable
camouflage for his urban exploration and industrial photography adventures.
Steven Lemos (MAKE intern) is a 22-year-old mechanical engineering student. Being a
physics nerd, he loves figuring out how things work and sharing his thoughts on the matter.
In his spare time, he enjoys the relaxation and quality of slow cooking, and the adventure of
kiteboarding and power kiting. Steven is currently rebuilding a BMW E30 to restore all its
original glory and more, and he’s also building an R/C hovercraft from scratch. He tries to
learn something new each day, whether it’s about himself or the world around him.
Rob Nance (Make: Mech illustration) is a cartoonist/illustrator living in partly sunny
Tacoma, Wash., with his beautiful wife, Alison, their adorable daughter Sophia Marie, and
their newborn daughter Mei. The two books he would take with him to a desert island are
Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse, which has beautiful 1950s-era illustrations
by Tom Wood, and Hayao Miyazaki’s Daydream Data Notes, which is a collection of
mechanical illustrations/comics Miyazaki did for Model Graphix magazine.
When not working as a 3D artist at ImageMovers Digital, Josh Cardenas (MIDI Camera Control) dabbles in guerrilla computer graphics, over-elaborate holiday displays, and absurd multimedia performance and control systems. He spends way too much time thinking about robots. Josh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his very awesome wife, Jennifer, his very small orange cat, Zoe, and his very large orange dog, Rory — all of whom are not nearly as fond of robots as he, but do a good job of putting up with them.
Tod E. Kurt (Servomotors Primer) started electronics tinkering at age 10; a year later he
was merging a Big Trak, an R/C car, and a chemistry set box into an upright programmable
robot. Now in the “lab” (converted garage) behind his house in Pasadena, Calif., he designs
intelligent objects for the home as part of ThingM (a ubiquitous computing design studio),
teaches classes on Arduino, and works with artists to add technology to their pieces.
Previously he worked for many years on the web, and before that he worked on the
hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars.
10 Make: Volume 19