Meet the Experimental Gentleman


Meet the Experimental Gentleman

Meet Mike North, a multi-faceted man who loves technology in all forms and shapes.

During our third field tests for the Vence Project we met with one of our oldest colleagues, Mike North. He graciously let us turn his home in Bolinas, CA into a temporary workshop for the work we conducted in Lucky Ranch in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Mike, or better known as the Experimental Gentleman, is a multi faced lover of technology. Our first work together was the infamous 6×6 All-Terrain Vehicle episode of the Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! show. Most of our projects together were out of the box. Case in point Dancing Hexapod Swarm for IDF’2015.

Dr. North is involved in a number of projects. Most notably he is the founder and lead of the Reallocate, a platform that brings together resources of all kinds for social good. At his company, North Design Labs, he works on various technology related TV show, appears as speakers in international events and provides consulting to technology companies.

During the last Vence field tests Mike helped us capture our work on camera and will be producing a detailed multimedia presentation. We had some exciting exchanges during this time and hoping to setup a cool technology event in Summer 2017 at Drita Hotel located by the gorgeous and historic Mediterranean coastline in Alanya, Turkey.

About the Author

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Dr. Komsuoglu is a robotics expert and entrepreneur with over 20 years of research, development and start-up experience. Focusing on biologically inspired high-performance mobility and high-dexterity manipulation systems Mr. Komsuoglu served as a key personnel in several critically acclaimed multi-institutional robotics projects sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Some noteworthy projects he was involved with includes DARPA-CBS, DARPA-RHex, DARPA-RiSE, NSF-FIBR and MA-UGV. In these projects Dr. Komsuoglu engaged experimental robotic research, simulation, embedded system development (hardware/software), control systems engineering and analytic studies. Since 2006 Dr. Komsuoglu has been heavily engaged in business development. He founded and ran technology start-up companies focusing on commercialization of several robotic technologies he helped develop. In 2009 he founded Robolit LLC ( providing design consulting for academic research equipment, search and rescue systems for first responders and military applications. His current work focuses on remotely controlled UAVs with a unique UI system employing virtual reality devices with applications in first response and entertainment industry. Since 2011 Dr. Komsuoglu has been serving as an active member of the DHS-NIST-ASTM Standard Robot Test Methods committee and is responsible of development of manipulation test methods.

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