Sometimes, you just have to do something to make yourself happy

Today, I’m in San Jose at the Wireless Mobility Symposium, and while we were planning it, Stephen Foskett jokingly suggested that we needed a “geek-o-meter” to help gauge the technical level of the presentations. It sounded like so much fun that I had to do it. And since it’s the Wireless symposium, it had to be wireless, too, right? Right.

So I went to the store and bought the cheapest R/C car I could find ($7), took it apart, attached a piece of foam to the wheel, attached an arrow to the foam, made a suitable geek-o-meter image, and had it printed out and mounted on a foam board last night at FedEx.

Today, I unveiled it at the symposium:

(Image by Matthew Norwood)

If you’re curious, the things are, from left to right, a kid’s toy computer, Milhouse from the Simpsons, Alton Brown, Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, and Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.

Yep, I built a radio-controlled Geek-O-Meter that the Wireless Field Day delegates can control from their seats in the audience. I suspect I’m a little too proud of myself.

  • This is fantastic. I need to remember to go to more conferences that you attend :)

  • That is geeky awesomeness at it’s absolute BEST. I love it! :)

  • Very nice bud!