|| Project History
Early teenage years:
- Built Audio and Amateur Radio Equipment
- Built first darkroom in 1963 for the fun of developing
- Experimented with transmission of audio over modulated light
- Later teen years designed single channel oscilloscope
- After entering an Electronics Technology program at a local community
college, redesigned oscilloscope utilizing newer technology. Efforts
were rewarded with a job offer from Xerox research division
Xerox Research years:
- Worked with seven other guys on what was to become the first digital
Fax machine and first laser printer as well.... the Xerox Telecopier-200
- With another engineer designed a sheet-fed document scanner using
a newly developed device called a CCD (1975). Designed and built the
optics and the electronics prototype.
- In 1975 built an S-100 computer for home use, one of the very first
personal computers, (before personal computers such as the Apple, or
IBM were commercially available).
This endeavor was very valuable to learn the underpinnings of personal
computers which still apply today.
- Started using medium and large format cameras
- Employed Zone System in large format black and white work
- Joined the Xerox computer graphic group and worked on the Xerox 350,
a system that generates 35 millimeter slides for presentations.
Started Optronics Technology in 1981 :
The goal was to design and market products of my own design.
Initial product was a floppy drive control unit(DCU).
It controlled the AC current to the spindle motor on the original 8 inch
Activities included design of prototype and final design as well as equipment
for photo fabrication of the PC boards, soldering and processes to complete
Test equipment was designed and built as well as as all the advertising
materials and marketing actiivities that went along with the mailorder
company that was formed.
The press releases, photographs and ad copy that went into national computer
magazines such as Byte Magazine.
The photography and advertising copy were done using skills developed
as an amateur photographer.
- Other products included two different E-prom programmers (EZ-Prommer)
- RS 232 port diagnostic tool(Serial Support Unit)
- Real time clock (Microchron) for one of the first single board computers
- APL upgrade for the Xerox 820 personal computer.
Designed one of the first musical interface boards (Optronics Basic
MIDI Board) for the IBM computer.
- Produced it for several years and sold it with several music software
packages through my mail order business.
- Produced the first musical software program for the startup company,
Creative Labs. The "Sound Blaster" went on to become an industry standard.
- Designed an award winning FM radio that is installed within a PC (Desktop
Microsoft engineers designed a Windows control software prior to the
introduction of Windows to the marketplace.
Microsoft was considering the purchase of my technology, but decided
to not expand into hardware at that time.
This activity was an introduction to act as a consultant for Bill Gates'
legendary house, for audio control considerations.
Two lifelong interests, photography and electronics came together with
his invention in 1994 that used a computer controlled LCD (Liquid Controlled
Display) unit in a conventional 4x5 Beseler enlarger to enhance conventional
silver process images.
The photographic art of fine printing in the darkroom became controllable
and repeatable. Dodge and burn with a mouse, thus saving time, chemicals
and photographic paper!
One prototype unit used voice input to control the computer in the darkroom.
This design was sold to the worlds largest enlarger manufacturer, Beseler