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Hello and thanks for taking a look at my blog – created as place to organize my variegated interests and connect with those travelling a similar path.

I began writing software as a kid with the goal of creating a video game; these days I work for a multinational design and manufacturing company in Silicon Valley where I lead technology in a few areas:

  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI) – how we as humans interact with machines and vice versa
  • Connectivity – machines communicating with other machines (“Internet of Things” – IoT)
  • Controls – how machines process data and perform their designated functions

It's a great feeling to help customers bring their ideas to life and succeed – most likely you have products in your home or office that we've built.

Over the years I've expanded my interests beyond technology to include micro farming and many related activities. Similar to learning math concepts prior to picking up a calculator, my approach is focus on fundamentals and incorporate technology as I progress in knowledge and skill; curating a set of techniques that are my own.

Feel free to reach out! It's always great to hear feedback or exchange ideas – tom@tkbrown.dev

The views and opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of my employer. Any content provided are opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

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