Who is this guy??

Oh Hai! I upgraded your LOLDaleks, K Thnx Bye

I was born in the UK, and grew up in the Midlands watching Doctor Who*, Knight Rider, Batman and a bunch of other trashy TV shows.

After graduating from the University of Sheffield in ’92 with a degree in Software Engineering I spent the next ten years travelling from Leicester, to London, to Manchester, to Windsor, to Nottingham, to Bedford and finally moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1998.

I now work for a major software company, but in my spare time like to deconstruct all the lovely consumer goods we share and enjoy with a goal to make unique and interesting things.

A few years ago I posted a short clip of the laser harp I developed, solely to show my brother and a few other friends back in the UK. Automagically that one clip got picked up by Gizmodo, Engadget and a bunch of other tech journals. The end result (apart from a ton of views on Youtube) was to get hired as a consultant for Little Boots – creating a laser harp for her 2010 US tour.

* Before it was cool.

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Thanbir October 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hi im thanbir, im 9 and im a really big fan of doctor who, i saw u making the tardis and i really want one , please can u make one for me, thank you. p.s im bad at art and designy stuff

Paul May 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

Bedford to Indianapolis?
And I though I did well with Luton to Cardif…….

nice work dude

Charles Maxwell May 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

Hello Steve:
Love your blog and your ideas (awesome)! As you can see from my website, I have built a few clocks in my short retirement days from the US Navy. I am using a version of an impulse circuit to drive a new ‘weightless’ pendulum clock that I’m building now. It’s similar to your magnetic impulse pendulum driver but, a bit less sophisticated. I have resolved the many problems of the gear designs that you may find useful. I’d be happy to share my gear designs with you, especially if you might consider helping me with a few questions I have with my circuits! I’m not a EE, just a retired Naval Officer! Hope to hear from you. Max

Stephen Hobley May 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

Sure – I’ve sent you an email.

Supertwinmummy June 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Mixing with Little Boots eh?? You can pull my strings anytime!!!

Abby May 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hello, I was wondering if laser harps are available to be purchased? and if so, how much would one cost? I saw a few videos and think it would be a really fun hobby.

Thanks in advance for any reply,


steve May 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

hi there if you still have some vz-1 spares lying around let me know … I NEED EM` …DESPARADO …cheers from Steve (in Stoke , in the U.K.!)

Stephen Hobley May 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Right now I only kept the bits I wanted to use.

It’s my intention to create a “rackmount” version of the synth.

Yalda February 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Dear Hobley,
Thank you for your explanation about make of treasure finder.
I was so exciting when my brother and I made this devise.
my brother is an engineer and he could made a electronic board as you explain.
However, we have some problem. we don`t know how can we recognize differences Iron, copper, silver and gold frequency?
Please help us because we are in dilemma and anyone except you can`t help us.

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