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Martin Zwigl on being a software developer making physical things (part 1) 

 August 28, 2019

By  Lina Alexaki

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Martin Zwigl, Creative Maker, and Dr. Peter Dalmaris, author of Maker Education Revolution

The full video for this interview is available, please check it out.

In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris (that’s me!) talks with Martin Zwigl.

Martin attended a technical school for mechanical engineering in Austria. However, he never worked as an engineer and instead, he became a Software Developer.

Earlier in life, Martin built many remote-controlled cars and planes. As a software developer, most of his work with electronics involves a lot of coding, which he considers an essential part of “making”.

Martin is relatively new to the world of the Arduino, but he has already produced several fun projects.

In our conversation, we explored many of these projects, and also looked at some very ambitious ideas for future projects.

In one of his projects, Martin used all of his skills, electronics, coding, and art, to build Light Gary, a colorful creature with a clock and a head that lights up.

In another project, with the help of Dario, a friend and electronics expert, he built a gadget that reminds him to drink his beer. The beer gadget consists of just 4 parts: a buzzer, an accelerometer, a clock, and a diode.

One of his current projects is Virtual City Windows, a system that consists of large high-definition video walls installed in cities around the world. These systems enable two-way communications between any two cities, giving people a view into life around the world.

Martin is also very much into virtual and augmented reality, and we spent some time looking into this exciting technology, including a headset that Martin is building.

I am sure you will enjoy this conversation.

This is Tech Explorations Podcast episode 4 part 1.

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