Spend some time hacking hardware and you’ll eventually render a piece of equipment unusable. This presentation provides examples of common mistakes that can temporarily or permanently damage electronic systems and ways to recover, if possible.
The proliferation of electronic modules, development tools, and do-it-yourself communities has led to a world where the creation of hardware projects is accessible to people of all skill levels. With dedication and a willingness to learn, explore, experiment, fail, and succeed, one can build just about anything that comes to mind.
From 2006 to 2010, Joe Grand had the honor of designing the conference badge for DEFCON, the largest and oldest continuously running hacker and computer security convention in the world. The badges, which sparked a trend within the technology community, featured active electronics mounted on artistically designed printed circuit boards.
On April 29, 2010, Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio received an honorary degree of Doctorate of Science in Technology from the University of Advancing Technology. Each year, the University awards an honorary degree to an individual whose life work emulates the kind of technology innovations found in their institutional mission.