At an early age my dad, a physicist and tech hobbyist, got me interested in building kits and later, programming. We would build various electronic kits and even a Sinclair computer where I got my first taste of programming. He helped me imagine all the things you could do with a computer. I found myself rushing through schoolwork in order to try programming techniques to make graphical objects appear on that computer screen. Once I mastered getting shapes on the screen, I moved to groups of objects, and one thing led to another and I had programmed a home version of the arcade game, "Space Invaders." That also led to my first taste of needing more horsepower from your computer! ... a realization I would have over and over again in life. Building on that early learning, I wondered how this computer could control objects in the physical world. Soon I was imagining primitive robotics applications. I would later create automatic vertical blinds controllers that tracked the sun, as well as all kinds of car gadgets. On and on it went with me conjuring devices and contraptions, all inspired by those early days watching and learning from my dad.