Electrical Design Engineer, Synapse Product Development
Michael Ciuffo is an electrical design engineer who has been developing exciting new consumer technologies at Synapse since 2012. As an avid do-it-yourselfer, Michael has acquired a plethora of skills spanning multiple disciplines of engineering, and he uses these skills and his hobbyist mentality to rapidly bring his clients’ ideas off the whiteboard and into reality. Outside of his professional work, Michael is an active member of the Maker community with some of his personal projects featured in Hackaday, Gizmodo, and Engadget. You can also often find him hitting the virtual links on the weekends with his HTC Vive. Michael holds a BS in Electrical Science and Engineering from MIT.
General Purpose? or Application Specific? Technical limitations still make VR hardware cost-prohibitive for many, so careful consideration of the application and market must be applied very early in the development process. Audience members will acquire insight on how to avoid common pitfalls made during product conceptualization and leave with a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of outside-in optical tracking technologies. This is a pragmatic approach to addressing the critical tradeoffs during VR hardware development.