Austin Meyers

AK5A is Austin Meyers - a designer and developer with a love of robotics. From demo and research prototyping to scalable user ready applications, I've built them all.

Mighty Colossus Storybook


Storybook on iPhone and iPad

Demo video

Some of the characters and props from Storybook

David Rheams and I came up with the idea for Storybook a few months back, and over the summer I designed and coded the app relying heavily on David to keep the scope on track. Ultimately we ended up with a full featured children’s story book creator featuring:

  • Original dynamic copyright free art
  • The ability for users to add text and photos
  • The ability to export vector PDF’s
  • A server to allow “PDF sharing” via social networks
  • A custom file format for sharing story books with other users of the app
  • And more!

Download from the app store here and try it out yourself.

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Teaser demo of platform

How-to video demonstrating platform

3D model on Thingverse I created for the demo videos. Download here.

Mark Silliman and I have worked together for the last few years on a variety of robotics experiments and tutorials. In January 2016 we got together to build a plug-n-play cloud-based robotics machine tending platform. I designed and built the front end UX, UI and helped extensively with the back-end architecture. I think we succeeded in building very successful prototype!

When we finished the demo in June 2016 I moved on to other projects and Robert Kieffer and James Gentes joined the team to take it to the next level.

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PulsedLight Signatures (Concept)


PulsedLight Signatures concept video

An unfinished (and following PulsedLight's acquisition by Garmin, likely abandoned) concept proposal for acquiring, analyzing and identifying the "signatures" (or unique data set) produced objects intersecting one or multiple range-finder beams.

See more on Github

PulsedLight 3D Scanner

Chrome Interface (left) and Scanner rig (right)

False-color plot (left) and photo of scanned area (right)

PulsedLight 3d Scanner is a point-cloud creation tool created I created with PulsedLight, Inc. for the research and experimentation in point-based robotic/computer visualizations. Using a distance sensor, 2 servos, 2 Arduinos (the second one simply provides power) a laptop and a Google Chrome Stand-alone app - point cloud data is captured and export as CSV, PNG and OBJ.

Check it out on Github

PulsedLight Code & Docs


One of my goals at PulsedLight, Inc. was to prepare application code for customers of our LIDAR-Lite product. Because of the multitude of microprocessor platforms out in the market, we decided to focus specifically on Arduino, as it was open and worked with so many different programming platforms with relative ease - users from experts to complete novices could be up and running in very short order.

As we progressed from version 1 to version 2 of the sensor we realized that individual pieces of code wasn’t as valuable as an Arduino library with easy to access functions for the various features of the sensor. For more advanced users we extensively documented the library so they could learn the details and apply this to they’re own projects.

Below are some samples of the LIDAR-Lite v2 library code and documentation. This and the version 1 repositories are available at In addition to the library we also created extensive online documentation at

lidar-lite basic i2c wiring
lidar-lite basic arduino i2c wiring

I2C wiring diagram for LIDAR-Lite. Pinout (left) and Arduino (right)

lidar-lite arduino library screenshot 1
lidar-lite arduino library screenshot 2

Screenshots of library code showing inline documentation

lidar-lite i2c specification diagram

I2C protocol diagram for LIDAR-Lite


Liatris is an open-source project that determines any object’s exact pose and identity using a touch screen and RFID reader. It's primarily programmed in ROS and Python.

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I had the opportunity to work with Mark Silliman on an article series for developers interested in learn ROS (Robotic Operating System). Autonomous robots, coffee, web apps, Chrome extensions and more!

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Text Parsing & Analytics Tool

ecrivain iphone screenshot 1
ecrivain iphone screenshot 1

The Text Parsing and Analytics Tool is a lightweight text analysis application designed to assist researchers performing content analysis on newspaper articles. This is useful for researchers who are analyzing numerous sources of newspaper articles. The application takes text files and converts them to a table for analysis.

Check it out on GitHub

Created with David Rheams.

Emmoco Ecosystem


The Emmoco Bluetooth Low-Enery (BLE) ecosystem is composed of 7 components.

  • The BLE board (or BLE hub)
  • Em-Browser (iPhone based development tool)
  • Em-Blinker (BLE "Hello World" app)
  • Em-Hub (web service for configuring schemas for BLE devices)
  • (home page that also serves as a portal)
  • Em-Builder (code development tool for Eclipse)
  • Em-Framework (code development tool for Xcode)

I had the opportunity to design and illustrate all the art and marketing collateral and assist in development of most of the these components (not the board or eclipse tool) and had a very rewarding and educational time with the company. Below are some screenshots of the various pieces of this ecosystem.

emmoco ecosystem diagram

Full Ecosystem Diagram featured on

Em-Browser (left) and Em-Blinker (right)

em-hub screenshot 1
em-hub screenshot 2
em-hub screenshot 3
em-hub screenshot 4

Em-hub screenshots

emmoco development kit

The development board, box and cables screenshot 1 screenshot 2 screenshots