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Tod E. Kurt has engineered the hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars. He was a founding developer and systems architect of Overture Systems, originally, later sold to Yahoo. While at Overture, he was a key strategist in technology relationships with companies such as Microsoft, AOL, Ask, Lycos, CNN, and the New York Times. Tod holds several key patents in the field of Internet Search technology. Tod also writes for MAKE magazine and has been an active instructor and developer in the Arduino community since 2006.

As an internet technology consultant, he has worked with
. Yahoo
. Idealab
. Pacific Bell
. Trader Joe’s
. Tales from the Crypt
. id Software

As a hardware engineer, he has worked with
. BlastOff
. Malin Space Science Systems
. Altadena Instruments
. Caltech
. Gemstar and

Tod E. Kurt
Tod E. Kurt


Hacking Roomba

Cover of "User Experience and HCI"

Wiley, 2006 | ISBN: 0470072717
Official site: HackingRoomba

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Spooky Arduino

Spooky Arduino is an introduction to microcontroller programming and interfacing with the real world using the Arduino physical computing platform. Readers get detailed instructions in experimenting with the Arduino’s capabilities and learn the basics of common microcontroller interfacing, such as: digital output to control lights and LEDs, digital input to read switches and buttons, analog output to control motor position or LED brightness, and analog input to read sensor inputs. From these tools all sorts of interesting projects can be created.
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A system and method for enabling information providers using a computer network such as the Internet to influence a position for a search listing within a search result list generated by an Internet search engine.
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A two-stage sponsored link mechanism is embedded in a Web page such that the amount of available information to the user is exponentially related to the space devoted to the sponsored links. In the first stage, a server provides categories and topics, in the form of searchable keywords, for inclusion in the Web page.