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Drones, Cameras & VR at Woodbury University Media Technology Program

Drones, Cameras & VR at Woodbury University Media Technology Program

Apr 1, 2015

Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture + Design (MCD) in Burbank, Ca hosted a free hands on Creative Workshop for high school and college students to experience the campus, meet the faculty and the chance to win some cool prizes like Raspberry Pi, Art books and supplies. Woodbury MCD is a thriving dynamic school with the special mission of educating the next generation of creative professionals. At the Creative Workshop there were 10 workshops to select from such as Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Media Technology, Pschology, Animation, Graphic Design and Fashion Design. QGITS stopped by the Media Tech Workshop, “Drones, Cameras, and Remote Cinematography” and talked with Jesse Gilbert, MFA/Chair of Media Technology and Joey Arcaro, 1st year Media Tech student at Woodbury. Watch video with Jesse and Joey to hear about the Media Tech workshop and program for students.

Some photos taken from the Media Tech Workshop of activities that students were able to experience like the immersive virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

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During the earlier part of the workshop, students were working on sending footage to their phone via a free app to remote cinematography by a drone. Also in the video with Jesse and Joey, you can hear what happened to the drone.
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Video of MediaTech Final Showcase which demonstrates some exemplary work produced by students in the program at Woodbury MCD.

MediaTech Final Showcase (Updated) from kassey cordoba on Vimeo.

For more info about Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture + Design:

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Zazzi Wearable Smart Jewelry by FashionTEQ CEO Judy Tomlinson at CES 2015

Zazzi Wearable Smart Jewelry by FashionTEQ CEO Judy Tomlinson at CES 2015

Feb 3, 2015

At the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas FashionTEQ a fashion company that designs women’s wearables to integrate technology into women’s lives exhibited at the Wearables Marketplace presented by Living in Digital Times at the Venetian Sands convention center. Entrepreneur & CEO Judy Tomlinson of FashionTeq was showcasing and presenting latest features with Zazzi smart jewelry that’s been developed for women so they can accessorize their technology, making it functional and stylish. Watch video from the CES conference with Matt Terndrup tech journalist and CEO Judy Tomlinson of FashionTEQ.

Control how your image changes with notifications through your Zazzi-app. Choose Images your wish to wear – On your ring, bracelet or pendant your can assign images you wish to wear at any time. – Zazzi


3D Systems Showcase New Innovative Products & Solutions at CES 2015

3D Systems Showcase New Innovative Products & Solutions at CES 2015

Jan 29, 2015

This year at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas 3D Systems brought in a gamut of new technologies. They showcased its entire consumer and prosumer 3D printing capabilities from new hardware and software developments in desktop full-color 3D printing, 3D printing food, wearables, software for design and virtual reality-related devices. We interviewed key team members involved at 3D Systems: Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact; Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Products and Josh St. John, Director of User Experience – to see what they were working on at CES.

Ekocycle – The 3D Printer that uses Recycled Plastic

This innovative 3D printer from 3D Systems came together through a partnership with pop music mogul icon and The Coca-Cola Company. As the Ekocycle websites states, this printer was created “to inspire new things made in part from recycled materials. Our shared ambition is to motivate brands and people like you to join us on our quest to make more sustainable living cool.”

Hydrogen Future by Dr. Michio Kaku at Toyota’s Press Conference at CES 2015

Hydrogen Future by Dr. Michio Kaku at Toyota’s Press Conference at CES 2015

Jan 7, 2015

Announced this week at the 2015 International CES, Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future, making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free. Toyota initiative will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world. Toyota will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai. The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply. The new Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle was displayed at the press conference at CES and will be available in the US and Europe this year.

At Toyota’s press conference at CES, theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku discusses a hydrogen future. He is a longtime proponent of hydrogen, in particular, hydrogen fuel cells as a key means to serve the world’s global energy needs and propel society to a more earth-friendly future. QGITS had the opportunity to talk with Kaku after Toyota’s press announcement. See video:

“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen,” said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc. “The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers. By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.”

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The hydrogen fuel cell patents will be made available to automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, as well as to fuel cell parts suppliers and energy companies who establish and operate fueling stations, through the initial market introduction period, anticipated to last until 2020. Companies working to develop and introduce fuel cell busses and industrial equipment, such as forklifts, are also covered. Requests from parts suppliers and companies looking to adapt fuel cell technology outside of the transportation sector will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

This week’s announcement covers only fuel cell-related patents wholly owned by Toyota. Patents related to fuel cell vehicles will be available for royalty-free licenses until the end of 2020. Patents for hydrogen production and supply will remain open for an unlimited duration. As part of licensing agreements, Toyota will request, but will not require, that other companies share their fuel cell-related patents with Toyota for similar royalty-free use.

Companies interested in Toyota’s fuel cell-related patents will negotiate individual contracts with Toyota. Additional details, including licensing terms and application process, are available upon request.



STEAM Carnival Recap: Inspiring Young Inventors of the Future

STEAM Carnival Recap: Inspiring Young Inventors of the Future

Nov 15, 2014

The entertainment engineering company known as Two Bit Circus threw a ‘Carnival of the Future’ mid October 2014 and sparked a fire of innovation that surged into an exciting environment of gizmos, gadgets, education, and STEAM. It was flooded with immersive amusement experiences that dazzled the crowds of thousands of people that attended. The beginning of the festivities started on Wednesday when a creative black tie Gala was held at a pristine building known as Crafted at the Port of LA. Food was served as business owners and government officials got a chance to try out the games before the event opened up on Saturday. See also: STEAM Gala Preview for Upcoming STEAM Carnival for Kids

On Thursday, software developers from all over showed up for a morning hackathon. The goal was to make something useful utilizing the IBM Bluemix platform. Although coding was accomplished, the focus tended to stray primarily over to  where the Two Bit Circus team was building. The STEAM Carnival carnies were setting up the remaining experiences as programming in the other room went on.

At the end of the day, more community members from from the surrounding areas streamed in as the open bar started serving drinks. Hardware hackers made a strong presence as a few were spotted in the crowd. An online open source hardware blog called Hackaday had a few of their employees drop in later that night to help document what was being marketed as a Hacker Preview Day. Their Community Manager Jasmine Brackett led the way as writer and programmer Ben Delarre tested out the games first hand. His report along with spectacular photos taken by Eren Kanal surfaced a couple days later on the Hackaday blog which showed a handful of the games that Two Bit Circus had made.


One of the guys that runs the industrial hackerspace 23b in Fullerton showed up a little bit before that to check out what was happening. Anil Pattni, who helps setup events for a local open source meetup known as OC Hackerz, was at the Hacker Day Preview too.

It was nice to engage with people interested in hardware mechanics and engineering that night. All the games there were handmade by the Two Bit Circus team in their warehouse workshop. Out of all the people there, the hardware hackers knew exactly what they were looking. They could dissect the games without having to literally open it apart because they work with similar electronics on a regular basis. Granted, all these experiences at the STEAM Carnival were completely unique, but boiled down they all shared a foundation with open source electronics that of course hackers love to use.

The following day was the Student Preview Day where kids had the opportunity to play with the games. They also made their own with Makey Makey kits during the day.

Flying Quadcopters with High School Students at Garden Grove Library

Flying Quadcopters with High School Students at Garden Grove Library

Nov 2, 2014

In a recent Qgits adventure, we organized a quadcopter demonstration for several high school students at a local Orange County library who have never seen these devices in person before. The rising, widespread use of remote controlled aerial devices made this a perfect opportunity to introduce the capabilities of these flying vehicles to people that have only heard about these things it on the news. The hands-on experience was led by Kim Nielsen and Stuart Stevenson from a Venice-based multirotor products company known as Ctrl.Me Robotics. We sat down with them for a fireside chat which can be seen in the video below:


During the Ctrl.Me presentation, Kim and Stuart showed how professional filmmakers are currently utilizing these types of technologies to gain previously unreachable perspectives that can now be grasped by flying cameras steadily through the air.

This Venice-based UAV company has delt with a lot of well-known brands and celebrities. For instance, Beyonce is among one of the people who have consulted with Ctrl.Me in the past. During that time working on the ‘Beyonce project’, Ctrl.Me Robotics’ engineers produced a custom quadcopter that captured amazing views that only a drone can achieve while at a performance of the 2014 Video Music Awards (VMAs). The multirotor vehicle that was made was fashioned out out a carbon fiber material and was designed to protect anyone (and itself) from unexpected collisions. Rarely does an incident like this happen, but if it did, it was necessary to ensure that a high-profile artist like Beyonce was not harmed in any way. Their specialized remote controlled quadcopter was able to address all those issues of safety and durability in a creative way that was polished off with a nice slick design that was laser cut in their in-house workshop.

The Beyonce carbon fiber drone is slick and easy to fly.

The Beyonce carbon fiber drone is slick and easy to fly.

Another ‘drone’ that Crtl.Me brought to the Garden Grove Library was their Halloween-themed configuration that outfited an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a boney skeleton figure and a dark hoodie for a ghoolish flying creature that hovered in the sky. It was named the ‘Skeledrone‘ and its eyes would glow red while it flew through the night captivating whoever it encountered.

During the quadcopter demonstration at the Garden Grove Library, the students listened attentively to the presentation with an anxious anticipation ready to get a hands-on look at one of the vehicles. As it took off into the area above their heads, the sounds of the multirotors buzzed a steady hum while it hovered nearby. The view from the attached GoPro was streamed through a wifi connection straight to the handheld controller. An LCD screen showed that the drone could see.

Some of the high-schoolers said that it looked like a video game. Others looked silently and imagined what they could do with this technology. Later, when asked about what they might achieve with something like this, one kid said that he would just like to explore his neighborhood. A fellow aspiring inventor wondered what would happen if he strapped a paintball gun to the front. Another person questioned if packages or letters could be delivered with a flying quadcopter like this.

The end of the day concluded with a lot of smiles as the students went home thinking about all the wonderful possibilities that surrounded remote controlled quadcopters and UAVs. They were inspired by the new technology thanks to the innovative leaders at the Garden Grove Library along with the assistance from the wonderful team over at Crtl.Me Robotics.

To learn more watch full class presentation by at the library, also be sure to visit the main Garden Grove Library website to see what they have coming up next. They hold events all the time, including an upcoming virtual reality demonstration later in November.

For additional information about the services that Ctrl.Me provides, check out their website. You can also follow them on Twitter @Ctrl_Me, and they host meetup events from time to time as well in collaboration with the LA Robotics Club. Ctrl.Me has a great introduction video on their Youtube channel about what they do too at Youtubechannel/CtrlMeRobotics.

Matt Terndrup - I’m a virtual reality, wearables, technology art journalist and STEAM Educator who focuses on emerging trends in the maker, hacker, and inventor cultures. I like to travel around from place to place researching what is being made. TwitterLinkedin 

CEO Steven Trindade of Urban Workshop at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

CEO Steven Trindade of Urban Workshop at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Nov 2, 2014

Mechanical Engineer & CEO Steven Trindade of Urban Workshop recently exhibited at the 1st-ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire produced this year by Vocademy in celebration of creativity, innovation and the local maker culture. Urban Workshop is a community DIY workshop and Makerspace located in Irvine, Ca and their members have access to just about every machine, tool and process that you can think of including milling machines, Epilog laser cutters, welding equipment, sheet metal equipment, CNC machining, sood shop equipment, 3D printer, engineering and design software, and much more. Check out video interview with CEO Steven Trindade of Urban Workshop by Matt Terndrup Tech & Art Journalist at the IEMMF in Riverside, Ca.

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STEAM Gala Preview for Upcoming STEAM Carnival for Kids Oct. 25-26

STEAM Gala Preview for Upcoming STEAM Carnival for Kids Oct. 25-26

Oct 23, 2014

Kicking off mid week was the STEAM Gala hosted at the Crafted at the Port of Los angeles for a sneak preview of the upcoming STEAM Carnival by Two Bit Circus Oct. 25-26. The evening was a celebration to inspire the next generation of great minds. The STEAM Gala brought together community leaders, elected officials, top innovators, and business professionals in support for science, technology, engineering, art and math – STEAM education focused on K-12 STEAM-based programs. It was a spectacular night from aerial performers, games, amazing metal art sculptures, live music and awards presented to eBay CMO Richelle Parham for STEAM Leadership and engineering doctoral student Albert Manero and Limbitless Team for Innovation. QGITS caught up with CTO and co-founder Eric Gradman of Two Bit Circus at the STEAM Gala about the upcoming STEAM Carnival event this weekend.

QGITS: What is STEAM Carnival?

Eric Gradman: STEAM Carnival is our opportunity to inspire everyone with what we do which is science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We have what we consider to be the most fun jobs in the world, we get to make amazing things and we want to give everybody else the opportunity to do that too. When you walk into to STEAM Carnival we want you to say “Wow!” and when you walk out we want you to say “Aha!” We want you to learn something, to be inspired by what it means to create and to invent, to make amazing things because that’s what this world needs..more amazing things.

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In photo (left): CTO and co-founder – Eric Gradman, Event Producer – Molly Waseka and CEO Brent Bushnell.

“We want kids to leave inspired. The most important thing is that they leave with a smile on their face and the next time someone talks about electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software, science or chemistry. They can say I saw that in action at the STEAM Carnival, let me tell you more.” - CTO and co-founder Eric Gradman of Two Bit Circus

STEAM Carnival – October 25-26, 11am-7pm
Located at the CRAFTED at The Port of LA
Purchase Tickets Here

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23b and MAG Lab members at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

23b and MAG Lab members at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Oct 22, 2014

While at IEMMF, we stumbled across a couple of hackers in the midst of the evolving maker movement. They were sitting at the 23b tent, which is a heavy industrial hackerspace that focuses on the mechanical arts. This means there’s a lot welding, machining, fabricating, and making of circuit boards that is done at their warehouse. Not only that, but they like to open the space occasionally for nights of lock picking as well.One of the guys that runs the space is named Chris and is an active influencer in the local hacker community. He spotted us in the crowd and promptly told us the exciting tales of his recent DefCon conference trip that occurred in Las Vegas a few months before. Eventually, we got to talking with him and another hackerspace owner named Trent about the maker movement and how it is taking off like a wild fire.

Watch the video with Chris and Trent to learn more:

As we chatted, it became clear that public awareness is being stirred up with the help of events like the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire. These large meetups, along with the open access of tools at places like makerspaces and hackerspaces, are showing people that they can practically create whatever they want.

Like Chris says in the video, people are starting to see items including 3D printers and laser cutters in their everyday life. Practically every newspaper and online media now a days is continuously publishing stories about these type of high-tech machines and what they can be used for. The word is getting out, and environments like makerspaces and hackerspaces are appearing on people’s radars. This has produced the need for places like 23b and Mag Lab. The demand for these types of coworking workshops is reaching a high enough level where diversity between spaces is starting to form. Each spot now has their own unique community, its own special feel, and its own variety of tools. Still, the most encouraging aspect here is that people are finally getting to know more about the maker movement through events like this.

CEO Brian Arandez of Thingify 3D Printing at Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

CEO Brian Arandez of Thingify 3D Printing at Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Oct 19, 2014

CEO Brian Arandez of Thingify Inc. and his team recently attended the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire at Vocademy Makerspace in Riverside, Ca. Thingify a product development company offers 3D printing services to help take your concept idea and translate it to a working 3D model that is 3D print ready. They promote innovation by helping anyone to express their ideas in 3D that enables them to shape their ideas from “Think Tank to Thing Tank.” Thingify attended the 1st-ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire in celebration for what makers do — what they make, how they make it and the enthusiasm and passion that drives them. At the event Embedded Hardware & Software Engineer Arman Bastani spoke with Brian Arandez from Thingify a bit more about the different additive manufacturing 3D printing technologies and client artwork showcased at the IE Mini Maker Faire.


SoCal MakerCon at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

SoCal MakerCon at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Oct 17, 2014

SoCal MakerCon was recently at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire at Vocademy Makerspace in Riverside, Ca. Just like Vocademy and the IE Mini Maker Faire – they all share a common belief in celebrating inventiveness, innovation, creativity, resourcefulness and the celebration of the emerging Maker Movement. SoCal MakerCon is an up and coming event on November 8th at the Los Angeles Fairplex,that is inspired by the Maker movement. The Maker Movement is the future of how innovation and invention will occur and empowering people all over the world to collaborate and take initiative on their own ideas. See full list of speakers, exhibitors and demos at SoCal MakerCon. Also watch video interview with Matt Terndrup technology and art journalist talking with Aaron Berg, Event Manager of SoCal MakerCon from recently held Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire in Riverside, Ca.

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CEO Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

CEO Brent  Bushnell of Two Bit Circus at the Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Oct 14, 2014

A lifelong engineer and entrepreneur CEO Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus a high tech circus attended the recently held 1st-ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire at Vocademy Makerspace in Riverside, Ca. Two Bit Circus engineers entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. They have developed various experiential entertainment platforms like the STEAM Carnival that is a modern take on the traveling circus, using high-tech amusement and project-based kits to inspire kids of all ages about science, technology, engineering, art and math. See video interview by Matt Terndrup, technology & art journalist talking with Brent Bushnell while at the IE Mini Maker Faire event .

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Gene Sherman Founder of Vocademy & Organizer of 1st-Ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Gene Sherman Founder of Vocademy & Organizer of 1st-Ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Oct 13, 2014

Gene Sherman the Founder & Organizer of Vocademy Makerspace recently held the 1st-Ever Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire at his facility Oct. 4th in Riverside, Ca. The IE Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and a celebration of local maker culture. What a perfect place for the event to be held at Vocademy as they are the place where people come together to learn new hands on skills, a place to take an idea to create new innovative things and a place that wants to help create a “community of makers.” At the IE Maker Faire there were atleast a 100 different makers & exhibitors displaying projects from LED light displays, 3d printing & printers, electric vehicles, lots of robots, a cool Batmobile, even an electric giraffe that has visited the white house. View the full list of makers that attended this year’s 1st Mini Maker Faire in the Inland Empire. Also check out this video with Anil Pattni from OCHackerz who spoke with Gene Sherman at the maker faire located at Vocademy Makerspace.



RapidTech 3D Printing at Garden Grove Library STEM Innovation Lounge

RapidTech 3D Printing at Garden Grove Library STEM Innovation Lounge

Oct 5, 2014

RapidTech is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for the development and advancement of Additive Manufacturing (AM) 3D printing and related technologies. RapidTech is in the UC Irvine Engineering building and has been teaching students advanced manufacturing techniques, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers and providing national training workshops targeting educators. Director Ed Tackett and Engineering Director Benjamin Dolan of RapidTech both recently gave a presentation and demo on 3D printing to Garden Grove High School students at the Garden Grove Library Innovation STEM Lounge. Check out video from the event by RapidTech, as Ben and Ed talk about “What is 3D printing?” and 3D laser scan a student.

Here is more information on 3D printing by RapidTech: Click here for presentation slides.


Dr. Michael Werner Project Scientist for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope speaking at AIAA Dinner Event in Pasadena, Ca

Dr. Michael Werner Project Scientist for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope speaking at AIAA Dinner Event in Pasadena, Ca

Sep 25, 2014

Dr. Michael Werner Project Scientist for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and Chief Scientist for Astronomy and Physics at JPL Caltech, recently spoke at the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) San Gabriel Section dinner event at Beckham Grill & Bar in Pasadena, Ca. The Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, is an infrared telescope that studies the early universe, young galaxies and forming stars, and is used to detect dust disks around stars, considered an important signpost of planetary formation. The mission is the fourth and final observatory under NASA’s Great Observatories program, which also includes the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. It is also the first new mission under NASA’s Origins program, which seeks to answer the questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone?

Gregory Smetana, Ph.D. student in Aeronautics, Explosion Dynamics Laboratory at Caltech interviewed Dr. Michael Werner while at the AIAA dinner event right before his presentation started:

To Learn More, visit:

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2014 AIAA Space Science Award

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope

Spitzer discover largest ring around Saturn

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Screening of Space Shuttle Endeavour “Three Nights, Three Days” at 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts

Screening of Space Shuttle Endeavour “Three Nights, Three Days” at 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts

Sep 4, 2014

The HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe of 30 minutes or less. The biggest names, celebrities and Oscar winners have participated in the festival in the past 10 years also a destination to help filmmakers to connect with industry pros and advance their careers in movie making. This year’s 2014 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts presented the screening of “Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles.” The ‘mini-film’ is an incredible documentary chronicling Endeavour’s final journey, a three-day voyage to the California Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. At the film festival QGITS had the opportunity to video interview some of the cast and film crew after watching “Three Nights, Three Days” on the big screen.


On the red carpet, I caught up with Astronaut Garrett Reisman who flew on Endeavour mission STS-123 to the International Space Station (ISS); Director Paul Bozymowski; Executive Producer David Knight; Producer Melissa Ayn Eccles and Cinematographer, Mark August. Check out video interview at the Hollyshorts event:

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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Track through L.A.

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13 Year old Quin Etnyre CEO of Qtechknow teaching Intro to Arduino Class at Deezmaker

13 Year old Quin Etnyre CEO of Qtechknow teaching Intro to Arduino Class at Deezmaker

Aug 11, 2014

Quin Etnyre is a maker, teacher and entrepreneur at just 13 years old, he runs his own company Qtechknow. His company manufactures electronic ArduSensors and kits that enables beginners, intermediate and advanced users to start making and programming with the open-source computing platform – Arduino. Quin recently taught a fun interactive intro to Arduino workshop class at Deezmaker 3D Printers & Hackerspace in Pasadena, Ca to both kids and adults of all ages. Diego Porqueras Founder of Deezmaker said of the event, ” It’s a really fun experience to have Quin teach a class at Deezmaker working with the Arduinos that we love to do. He is super smart, fun to hangout with and his parents are very supportive. When people see him teaching Arduino, it amazes them and makes them also feel that what he’s teaching in the Arduino system is really not that hard to work with, its pretty accessible for everybody to learn it . It’s been inspiring for the young kids to see someone their age know about it and for the adults they understand that if a younger person can do it, maybe they can learn Arduino too.” This is Quin’s 3rd time teaching the intro to Arduino class at Deezmaker, he has also taught MIT graduates how to program electronics, he has been invited to speak at the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum and he was invited to participate at the first ever White House Maker Faire.

Matt Terndrup a Writer at Hackaday spoke with Quin, CEO of Qtechknow while at the Arduino workshop event at Deezmaker, as students were working on there projects.

Quin is also the Maker of Fuzzbot a fully autonomous small Arduino robot that acts like a Swiffer Duster to pick up any unwanted dirt off of the floor. Seen here in photo demonstrated on table by one of the students in the class.


Check out more photos from the intro to Arduino class with Qtechknow at Deezmaker Hackerspace. Photos taken by Grant Keller.






Rick Tumlinson Chairman of Deep Space Industries | National Space Society ISDC 2014

Rick Tumlinson Chairman of Deep Space Industries | National Space Society ISDC 2014

Aug 3, 2014

One of the world’s top visionaries and influential people in the space field Rick Tumlinson Chairmain of the Board at Deep Space Industries. Deep Space is a renaissance company that combines veterans in space commerce, policy, asteroid missions, and risk management with young leading edge leaders from the “maker” and nanosat communities. Rick has also led the team that took over the Mir Space Station as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up financier Dennis Tito to become the first citizen explorer to stay on the International Space Station and was a Founding Trustee of the X Prize. He co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation and founded the Texas Space Alliance, the EarthLight Institute and Orbital Outfitters – provider of commercial space suits to the new industry of suborbital space travel. He has testified on space policy issues twice for the US Senate, four times in the US House of Representatives and assisted NASA in the creation of its plan to return to the Moon and the formation of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.


QGITS had the chance to talk to Rick Tumlinson after his presentation at the ISDC International Space Development conference 2014, here’s what he had to say:

For more information visit:

Deep Space Industries

Space Frontier Foundation

International Space Development Conference

Entrepreneur Video Game Mogul & Private Astronaut Richard Garriott at the National Space Society Conference | ISDC 2014

Entrepreneur Video Game Mogul & Private Astronaut Richard Garriott at the National Space Society Conference | ISDC 2014

Jun 18, 2014

Entrepreneur, Adventurer, Online Video Game Mogul – Richard Garriott followed in the footsteps of his father, NASA Astronaut Owen Garriott paying $35 million dollars for the opportunity to go into space. On October 12, 2008 he launched from a Russion Soyuz TMA-13 rocket to the International Space Station for 10 days as the 1st second generation American Astronaut and the sixth private astronaut client of Space Adventures. Growing up in the space community, his passion and dream has always been to go to space, as he devoted from an early age his own personal investing towards the privatization of space travel. Richard is also an Investor and Vice-Chairman of Space Adventures, the world’s premier private space exploration company and he hopes to see the cost of getting private citizens into space come down dramatically.

QGITS had the chance to catch up with Richard at the National Space Society ISDC conference after the opening reception and his presentation talk “Opening the Floodgates to Entrepreneurial Space Exploration.” Here’s what he had to say:

To learn more visit:

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Richard in Space

Space Adventures

Apogee of Fear Film made in Space

International Space Development Conference (ISDC)

Finding Space Treasures on Earth-an exclusive Interview with the Science Channel’s Meteorite Man | ISDC 2014

Finding Space Treasures on Earth-an exclusive Interview with the Science Channel’s Meteorite Man | ISDC 2014

Jun 8, 2014

QGITS had the opportunity of being the media present for the the 2014 ISDC National Space Convention.  This astronomical annual convention was filled with many innovators in space and many who had been to space to explore our mostly unknown universe and beyond.

Geoffrey Notkin and QGITS Staff Andrea Kuipers

Geoffrey Notkin and QGITS Staff Andrea Kuipers

There was one man, whoever, who explores space in his own backyard-Geoffrey Notkin, also known as the Meteorite Man and host of the Science Channel’s Meteorite Men.  Notkin is not only a television celebrity, appearing in shows for PBS, Discovery, NASA, National Geographic, and the History Channel, but he is also an award-winning author and owner of Aerolite Meteorites LLC, a company that provides meteorite and other spatial specimens to collectors and institutions worldwide.  While Notkin himself has never been to space, he knows more about it than most from the treasures he finds around the world and many in his own backyard in Tuscon, Arizona.

I had the joy of interviewing this well versed Meteorite Man and picking his brains on these extraterrestrial objects.  See video below.

Check out Geoffrey’s Stem Journals at:
Stem Journals

Also check out the Meteorite Men at:

Meteorite Men

And Geoffrey Notkin’s Official Page:

CiBots Inc. CEO Babak Azad presents “Virtual Healthcare Avatars in the Palm of Your Hand” | MD&M West 2014

CiBots Inc. CEO Babak Azad presents “Virtual Healthcare Avatars in the Palm of Your Hand” | MD&M West 2014

Feb 27, 2014

QGITS had the chance to meet with serial Entrepreneur CEO Babak Esmaeli-Azad of DNAmicroarray Inc. after presenting “Virtual Healthcare Avatars in the Palm of Your Hand” at ATX West – MD&M West Conference. He spoke about his affiliate company Cibots Inc. that was launched to develop virtual human avatar assistants for personalized health care & medical diagnostics. It was incredibly exciting to hear from Babak that he and his team at Cibots are part of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE global competition that will stimulate innovation and integration for precision diagnostic technologies helping consumers make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime. The announcement was made at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) during Qualcomm Incorporated Chairman/CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs’ keynote address along with Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman/CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation as he joined Dr. Jacobs on stage to introduce the competition. By launching this incentivized competition, the XPRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm Foundation seek to make 23rd century science fiction a 21st century medical reality. See video of CEO Babak Esmaeli-Azad of DNAmicroarray Inc. and Cibots from the ATX West – MD&M West Conference as he talks more about the medical assistant virtual avatar that will soon be used for personalized health care.

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The Bishop-Wisecarver Group | ATX West 2014

The Bishop-Wisecarver Group | ATX West 2014

Feb 18, 2014

The Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) a WBENC certified woman owned family of companies recently released automation products and services at ATX West in Anaheim at the Convention Center. Bishop-Wisecarver Group company helps manufacturers and automation solution providers engineer linear, rotary motion products and curved track guided technologies. With 60+ years of engineering expertise and manufacturing best practices they have recently expanded their capabilities, offering a family of companies that provide complete solutions: Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation (BWC), Black Diamond Manufacturing (BDM) and WRW Engineering.  Bishop-Wisecarver Group is the original patent holder in guide wheel based linear motion that was invented by founder Bud Wisecarver of the DualVee guide wheel recognized as the market leader for guide wheel technology since 1970 that continues to successfully sell today.
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BWG promotes initiatives focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They have provided consistent and increasing support of FIRST since 2007 through support of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Bishop-Wisecarver has donated a large quantity of DualVee linear guide track. The DualVee product line is a group of simple components which are used by industrial equipment makers for linear and rotary guided motion applications. The parts are easy to understand, easy to assemble, and provide very smooth, low-friction linear or rotary guidance. Check out video and hear more about Bishop-Wisecarver from Brian Burke Product Manager & Steven Economos Western Regional Manager from the expo floor at ATX West.

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OCHackerz Flying Car Roadable Aircraft Lego & Paper Airplane Competition | OC Mini Maker Faire

OCHackerz Flying Car Roadable Aircraft Lego & Paper Airplane Competition | OC Mini Maker Faire

Feb 12, 2014

Anil Pattni founder of OCHackerz, team members Classbrain, Oval Integration, QGITS and volunteers participated at the OC Mini Maker Faire by helping kids build flying car roadable aircraft out of Legos and paper airplanes from various design styles to learn about “Flight” inspired theme of the CaraVellair flying roadable aircraft created by Caravella Aerospace.

“At the OCHackerz booth kids and families built some of the most amazing assortment of vehicles transforming into aircraft throughout the day from Legos. Although this competition was designed for kids in our younger generation of tinkerers, we also had a number of Adult submissions too (I think the parents role of assisting their kids reignited memories of their first experiences with Lego during their early years and how much fun it was building out their dreams). One of the other cool challenges we did was to build a paper airplane and fly it the furthest distance on the landing strip we created in front of our booth.” – Anil Pattni founder of OCHackerz.

Check out video to hear more from Anil Pattni at the event as he chats with founder Cynthia Kirkeby from Classbrain and demonstrates the awesome aircrafts made from legos by some really creative kids at the OC Mini Maker Faire also find out who won “The Best Flying Roadable Lego Aircraft” and “Who Flew the Furthest Paper Airplane” competition. Winners received Inventables gift cards.

OCHackerz is a local organization looking to innovate, educate and collaborate on technology and startups in the community here in orange county. To learn more and find out about latest events visit:

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Easy Mill CNC Mill Building | OC Mini Maker Faire

Easy Mill CNC Mill Building | OC Mini Maker Faire

Feb 3, 2014

Meet 15 year old Ben Baral from Easy Mill one of the Makers who showcased an innovative creation at the OC Mini Maker Faire at the University Irvine’s Beall Center for Art + Technology, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. When Ben first began his project he set out to make a CNC mill yet he knew that he would need some help and he didn’t think he could do it alone. He approached his Dad for his help but he essentially said that they couldn’t make one since it was too complicated and his Dad was worried that he didn’t have the tools or abilities to make such a machinist-quality machine. But Ben didn’t give up so easily. He started scouring the Internet looking for an easy to make, fairly accurate CNC mill that didn’t require a large amount of precision. That’s when he found Tom’s Easy Mill. It looked simple enough, and the Instructables claimed it was precise enough, so he brought it to his Dad who then agreed that they could probably do it with the tools they already had, so they set out to make it. He completed his project while working on it during his winter break and 2 full days a week during the summer. Check out Ben’s finished Easy Mill project at the OC Mini Maker Faire as he talks to Andrea Kuipers from QGITS and Anil Pattni from OCHackerz/QGITS.

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Mathobotix Sumo-Bot Robotics Lego Challenge | OC Mini Maker Faire

Mathobotix Sumo-Bot Robotics Lego Challenge | OC Mini Maker Faire

Jan 30, 2014

Mathobotix offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational services to K-12 students providing an Integrated Learning Environment to promote the 5 C’s such as Critical thinking, Creative problem-solving, Communications, Collaboration, and Cross-cultural relationship building, and the 4 R’s – Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, and Robotics.

At Mathobotix kids can learn the basics of programming using Scratch & Python with Raspberry Pi, Optobotics giving your robot eyes, Build Night with a different theme using Lego technic components, a 12 week course for students to apply grade level math and science in simulated real world projects, Summer Camp, Robotics Scout Merit Badges also birthday parties and corporate team building events.

Watch video interview with Anil Pattni from OCHackerz/QGITS & Andrea Kuipers from QGITS talking with Kyle Samuelson STEM Mentor from Mathobotix about the fun and exciting Sumo-Bot Challenge where kids will build their own robot through the Lego platform and compete at the OC Mini Maker Faire.

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Jeremy Blum Entrepreneur Maker & Author of “Exploring Arduino” | CES 2014

Jeremy Blum Entrepreneur Maker & Author of “Exploring Arduino” | CES 2014

Jan 27, 2014

QGITS was thrilled to meet up and have a chat with Jeremy Blum while attending the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Jeremy spent most of his time during CES catching up on the latest industry trends; he particularly enjoyed the 3D printing Tech Zone, given his background building and designing 3D printers at Cornell and MakerBot. Jeremy alternated between full time and consulting positions at MakerBot Industries from 2011 to 2013, while finishing his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Cornell University. While at Makerbot he was responsible for designing an all-new electronics platform for the 3rd generation MakerBot (the original replicator), which was announced and launched at CES 2012. Jeremy has been into science and engineering most of his life and is a very strong believer and promoter of the “learn by doing” motto.

He recently wrote a book titled “Exploring Arduino,” which teaches readers about the Arduino electronics prototyping platform. He hopes the book will enable him to reach a large audience of people – both kids and adults. He is an Entrepreneur/Maker, produces a popular Arduino Tutorial video series, has built a ton of open source projects, and is presently working as a hardware engineer on the GLASS team at Google [x]. On December 16th, he announced that he would be donating 100% of his royalties from sales of his book to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education with the support of Google matching his donations.

Check out this video with Jeremy Blum as he talks about CES, SUNN, Arduino, and more.

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Bequi & James Founders of the OC Mini Maker Faire | The Year of 100 Maker Faires 2013

Bequi & James Founders of the OC Mini Maker Faire | The Year of 100 Maker Faires 2013

Jan 22, 2014

2013 was a banner year for Maker Faire hitting its stride, ending up with a magic number at the end of 2013 exactly 100 Maker Faires across the globe! More than 530,000 people experienced a Maker Faire in 2013. But the rise in “Mini” Maker Faires smaller scale, independently produced, local events is where the story is. A total of 93 Mini Maker Faires graced the globe in 2013, compared to just 56 in 2012. “Communities are getting involved in charting their own future and celebrating making in so many ways that make sense in their own unique regions,” said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. Local Maker Faires are creating a new center to showcase local startups and maker businesses and are influencing local education initiatives, encouraging hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Math, Science (STEM) and Art (STEAM) curricula.

See video interview of Founders Bequi & James of local OC Mini Maker Faire their 2nd year organizing the event at the University of Irvine talking with Andrea Kuipers from QGITS and Anil Pattni from OCHackerz & QGITS.

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Unbounded Robotics CEO & Co-Founder Melonee Wise | CES 2014

Unbounded Robotics CEO & Co-Founder Melonee Wise | CES 2014

Jan 20, 2014

QGITS at International CES 2014 excited to meet up with Melonie Wise CEO & Co-Founder of Unbounded Robotics. Founded in January 2013, Unbounded Robotics is building the next generation of advanced, affordable, mobile manipulation platforms for personal robotics research and service robotics. With decades of robotic hardware and software experience, the team of Willow Garage alumni has developed the UBR-1 the one-armed robot a mobile manipulation platform that offers state-of-the-art software and a sophisticated hardware exterior a relative of Willow Garage’s famed PR2 designed to completely revolutionize the market for research and education robotics.

While at CES Melonee and her team showcased UBR-1 at the “Robotics on the Runway” show along with other robots from various robotics companies produced by CEA, Digital Health Summit, Living in Digital Times and Silicon Valley Robotics at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas January 7th for the first and only runway show exclusively featuring cutting-edge robotics. UBR-1 was also featured at the Experience CEA stage at CES while meeting with press and visitors throughout the CES show floor.

See video interview with Melonee Wise and Anil Pattni from OCHackerz/QGITS as Melonee talks about how UBR-1 helps people, his cool features, Melonee’s background in robotics such as Willow Garage & TurtleBot and how to get started in robotics.

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Vocademy Makerspace Founder & Organizer Gene Sherman | OC Mini Maker Faire

Vocademy Makerspace Founder & Organizer Gene Sherman | OC Mini Maker Faire

Jan 20, 2014

Vocademy is an idea that Gene Sherman Founder & Organizer has had for many years. A place that teaches “hands-on” vocational, shop and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills.  A “dream workshop” for those in the community that want to learn, build, create and become “Makers.” Gene wants to bring back the “shop class for everyone!” Vocademy is a brand-new local makerspace located in the heart of the Inland Empire. Vocademy is part of the growing movement of hands-on, collaborative learning environments in which people come together to share knowledge and to design, create, and make anything they want. Vocademy offers many different classes such as wood shop, machine shop, 3D printing, welding and fab, sewing, and much more.

New year, New skills, New you – 2014 is bringing a calendar packed with new classes, new equipment, SkillSets, and big savings for you – all at Vocademy. See Class Schedule.

Check out video interview with Gene Sherman Founder & Organizer/Vocademy, Andrea Kuipers/QGITS and Anil Pattni/OCHackerz & QGITS at the OC Mini Maker Faire.

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MakerBot Unleash your Creativity with New 3D Printing Platform | CES 2014

MakerBot Unleash your Creativity with New 3D Printing Platform  | CES 2014

Jan 13, 2014

MakerBot the global leader in desktop 3D printing recently announced at International CES 2014 conference a new strategic innovative partnership, MakerBot Apps & Digital Store and three new Fifth generation 3D printers. The strategic exclusive partnership announced is with SoftKinetic the leading provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions. This relationship between MakerBot and SoftKinetic is focused on the development of next generation 3D cameras based on SoftKinetic’s technology for inclusion in future MakerBot 3D scanning products. “It’s really exciting for the future of 3D scanning and 3D printing to exclusively partner with SoftKinetic,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.

Three new MakerBot Fifth generation 3D Printers announced are the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. MakerBot believes these new MakerBot 3D Printers are exciting additions that will accelerate MakerBot’s mission to put a MakerBot on the desktop of every engineer, architect, industrial designer, entrepreneur, and educator, as well as in every home. See video clip of Bre Pettis CEO of MakerBot Industries after his talk at CES 2014 conference and read more at the bottom.

Elio Motors 3 Wheeled Vehicle | CES 2014

Elio Motors 3 Wheeled Vehicle | CES 2014

Jan 13, 2014

Elio fuel efficient practical 3 wheeled vehicle was displayed at CES International 2014. The Elio gets 84 miles per gallon on the highway, seats two in tandem, at $6,800 also includes AC, power lock windows, 3 year 36,00 mile warranty and the Elio will be built in Louisiana using over 90% North American-manufactured components creating over 15,000-plus direct and indirect jobs around the country and will repurpose the old GM plant that has long been shuttered. Watch video of Joel Sheltrown VP of Government Relations at Elio Motors talk about the Elio eco-friendly vehicle at CES 2014.

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MiP Robot Friend by WowWee | CES 2014

MiP Robot Friend by WowWee | CES 2014

Jan 13, 2014

Check out Mip (Mobile Inverted Pendulum) your new robot friend the latest robotics consumer toy recently exhibited at International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Mip is equipped with gesture sense technology, unique dual wheel balancing, a fully interactive robot able to navigate its surroundings while controlled by hand gestures or through a Bluetooth link to any smart device. MiP is the latest innovation by WowWee in association with UCSD’s (University of California at San Diego) Coordinated Robots Lab. MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality that is communicated through motion, sound, and its LED “eyes”. Along with a tray accessory that can be attached, MiP can balance multiple objects and offer tons of gameplay fun, there’s also an app that enables you to drive, dance, battle, and so much more. See video of Oscar from WowWee demonstrating Mip’s cool features at CES2014.

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2013 Los Angeles Region First Lego League Championship

2013 Los Angeles Region First Lego League Championship

Dec 30, 2013

The Los Angeles Region First Lego League (FLL) Championship Tournament was recently held at South High School in Torrance on December 14-15th. FIRST is a global robotics program to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, promoting innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST provides the FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school students and the FIRST LEGO League for 9 to 14 years olds.  Nature’s Fury was this year’s challenge where teams from over 70 countries will discover what can be done when intense natural events such as storms, quakes, waves and more affect the places people live, work, and play. Teams are required to complete and present four steps to the FLL judges: 1. Choose a Community 2. Identify a Problem 3. Create an Innovative Solution 4. Share with Others. What an excellent program for young people to gain experience in technical creativity, teamwork, friendly competition and entrepreneurship.


QGITS TV had the chance to learn more & talk with Leroy Nelson Operational Partner of Los Angeles Region FIRST LEGO League and one of the teams participating in the tournaments FLL & Beyond: 2 Squared +3 who was getting ready to present their project in front of the FLL judges. Check out video:

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AIAA evening event with Steve Isakowitz President of Virgin Galactic

AIAA evening event with Steve Isakowitz President of Virgin Galactic

Dec 4, 2013

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presenting another cool evening event in Pasadena, Ca at the Beckman Grill Restaurant with guest speaker Steve Isakowitz President of Virgin Galactic. In Steve’s career path before joining Virgin Galactic he was formerly appointed as the United States Department of Energy CFO, CIA Directorate of Science & Technology, former Deputy Associate Administrator of NASA, also serving as Branch Chief for Science and Space at the White House Office of Managment & Budget, he graduated from MIT with a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with additional leadership roles at Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton. Joining Virgin Galactic in 2011 as Executive Vice President and CTO and in his current role as President of Virgin Galactic the world’s 1st commercial spaceline.

In video clip from recent AIAA event Steve talks about his book,”International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems” 4th edition he created for the AIAA as an active member (see if you can find his trademark hidden in his book), SpaceshipTwo proven technology rocket performance design & built and a partnership with NBC for a reality tv show with Virgin Galactic plus more…

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President & Founder Diego Porqueras of Deezmaker – 1st 3D Printer Shop on the West Coast

President & Founder Diego Porqueras of Deezmaker – 1st 3D Printer Shop on the West Coast

Nov 12, 2013

QGITS TV had the opportunity to stop by and meet with President & Founder Diego Porqueras of Deezmaker 3D Printing retail shop & Hackerspace in Pasadena, Ca. Diego is the creator of Bukobot & Bukito opensource portable 3D Printers. Bukobot is their first successful Kickstarter project leading them to Southern California as the first pioneers to open a 3D printing shop on the West Coast last year and the 2nd one in the U.S. Diego strongly believes, “3D printers will help teachers and parents excite and inspire kids to pursue careers involving science and engineering. And for those students, hobbyist and makers that love 3D printing as I do, I’m sure a 3D printer will further expand the realms of your imagination in what you can create.”

Watch video interview to hear Diego Porqueras Founder of Deezmaker talk about 3D Printing, Bukobot & Bukito portable open source 3D printers and more.

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Endeavour Fest | Danny Olivas former NASA Astronaut at the California Science Center

Endeavour Fest | Danny Olivas former NASA Astronaut at the California Science Center

Oct 18, 2013

In celebrating the one year anniversary of the Space Shuttle’s arrival at the California Science Center there were so many cool family fun exhibits to see for everyone such as one time only exhibit SpaceX Dragon, Red Bull Stratos capsule and pressurized spacesuit worn by Felix Baumgartner, film screening of Endeavour and daily Astronaut guest speakers. Saturday Oct 12th former Astronaut Danny Olivas PhD, PE was speaking about his experience in space inspiring the audience advocating the importance of education and to “Work hard and never give up.”

Danny has traveled more than 11.6 million miles in space aboard two U.S. Space Shuttle missions STS-117 on Atlantis and STS-128 on Discovery to the International Space Station (ISS), including five space walks. In an effort to support the encouragement of Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics (STEM) in today’s youth he supports numerous projects dedicated to its promotion. Watch interview of former Astronaut Danny Olivas as he talks about his journeys in space, his new book for kids “Endeavour’s Long Journey” and how he made water and electricity in space:

Endeavour Fest | David Knight Executive Producer of “Three Nights,Three Days”

Endeavour Fest | David Knight Executive Producer of “Three Nights,Three Days”

Oct 16, 2013

October 11-13 was the one year celebration in commemorating the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s historic arrival at the California Science Center – Endeavour Fest. QGITS had the chance to meet with David Knight Entrepreneur and Executive Producer of the film “Three Nights,Three Days” who was there speaking at the event after his movie screening featured in the Shuttle Pavilion. The film is an incredible documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the monumental feat of moving Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles. David Knight has been a frequent participant in high-tech startups, an early executive of the XPrize Foundation, most recently a board member of the California Science Center, heading a film effort documenting the journey of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the new space industry going forward. In addition, he is committed to providing STEAM education for youth of all ages. In this interview David Knight talks about Endeavour’s epic journey and what’s new to come at the California Science Center for Endeavour.

The  compelling film of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final journey follows the shuttle as it flies over Los Angeles – transported on top of a NASA Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft – before landing at Los Angeles International Airport and taken on its 12-mile, three-day voyage to the Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew 25 missions into space, deployed three satellites and orbited Earth 4,671 times. Mission 26 refers to its final journey through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators and engineers.

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TEDx OC speaker Lisa Kristine Humanitarian Photographer | Modern Day Slavery

TEDx OC speaker Lisa Kristine Humanitarian Photographer | Modern Day Slavery

Oct 1, 2013

Lisa Kristine acclaimed humanitarian photographer uses photography to expose deeply human stories creating more than images but a connection of who she sees and to inspire change. For more than twenty-five years she has traveled the world in more than 100 countries on 6 continents, documenting indigenous cultures looking for the peoples and places that time forgot, creating memorable and unforgettable images. Her work resonates in the heart and moves us to act.

Recently at the TEDx Orange Coast 2013 conference held at the Segrerstrom Center of the Arts, Anil Pattni from QGTIS TV met with Lisa Kristine at the venue as she was there to speak on social causes such as modern day human slavery while encouraging the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world that connects us all. Her powerful and awakening images were exhibited at TEDx as we had the chance to hear her story up close and personal as she walked us through each image displayed to help eradicate slavery through bringing about awareness and learned about her work in collaboration with NGO Free the Slaves.

Deepak Atyam Founder, SEDS @ UCSD – 1st 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Deepak Atyam Founder, SEDS @ UCSD – 1st 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Sep 25, 2013

At the AIAA Space Conference in San Diego Exhibition Hall QGITS met with SEDS USA Chair Mike Zwach and Deepak Atyam Founder/President of UC San Diego SEDS chapter. Deepak’s team recently participated in and won the DIY Rocket Competition which challenges to print a metal rocket engine from rapid protyping 3D printer. They had some assistance from NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center and this is a perfect example of what SEDS students can accomplish in the pursuit of space exploration and development. Deepak shares his story of how he and his team achieved this goal and what inspired him to follow his passion in the propulsion sector. The UC San Diego SEDS chapter will be testing their rocket engine starting Oct. 5th.

Entrepreneur Adam Rifkin Co-Founder 106 Miles & PandaWhale

Entrepreneur Adam Rifkin Co-Founder 106 Miles & PandaWhale

Aug 18, 2013

106 Miles an 8000-person network of startup founders, engineers and friends held a recent event in Newport Beach where Andrea Kuipers and Anil Pattni had the chance to catch up and meet Adam Rifkin, Co-Founder of 106 Miles and CEO/Co-Founder/Director at PandaWhale while he was in town from the San Francisco Bay area. In this interview you will hear about Adam’s start as a Software Engineer at Nasa and Hewlett Packard, a Doctoral Candidate from Caltech, Researcher at Microsoft followed by multiple startup ventures on cutting edge technologies such as CEO/Co-Founder of Renkoo working with top social networking giants Facebook and MySpace and more.

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Part II CaraVellair Flying Car Demo | Caravella Aerospace

Part II CaraVellair Flying Car Demo | Caravella Aerospace

Jul 29, 2013

Joe Caravella Jr. Founder of Caravella Aerospace demos the CaraVellair propeller drive, steering and pedal system in part II interview with Andrea Kuipers and Anil Pattni.  In this interview Joe also talks about how he is getting ready to display the CaraVellair at the San Diego Air & Space Musuem to inspire kids 6th-12th graders who will participate in the flying car competition sponsored by Ford Motors. This competition was a huge success and the San Diego Air & Space Museum will be ready for the next one in 2014. To view more information from most recent flying car competition for kids, please visit:

Joe Caravella Jr. Founder of the CaraVellair “The Flying Car Roadable Aircraft” | Caravella Aerospace

Joe Caravella Jr. Founder of the CaraVellair “The Flying Car Roadable Aircraft” | Caravella Aerospace

Jul 18, 2013

QGITS TV debut of launching it’s first expert interview with Joe Caravella Jr. Founder of Caravella Aerospace. Joe has been in the project engineering rocket industry for over ten years providing leadership experience taking teams and hardware from concept-to-demonstration. His experience and a passion for aviation inspired him to found Caravella Aerospace with the distinct goal of developing an affordable roadable aircraft. His specialties are design innovation and problem solving in aerospace engineering from concept-to-demonstration. Software: TurboCad, Load Design, SolidWorks,etc. Andrea Kuipers and Anil Pattni had the opportunity to fireside chat with Founder Joe Caravella Jr. from Caravella Aerospace as he talks about his CaraVellair flying car/roadable aircraft, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship and more.

Stay tuned for part two to watch Joe demo propeller drive, steering and pedal system of his flying car/roadable aircraft the CaraVellair.

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QGITS team: Andrea Kuipers (Host); Anil Pattni (Host/OCHackerz); Arman Bastani (Videographer/Oval Integration); Isaac Rosales (Video Consultant at MovieNomics); Candice Nunez (Film Coordinator)