BIG NEWS! On ASK AN ENGINEER – Jeri Ellsworth will be a guest! Sat. 5/14 10pm ET. Jeri and Ladyada will talk all things electronics, LIVE this Saturday night ***TONIGHT*** at 10pm ET! I will be behind the scenes running camera, stop by!

Jeri was hacking, modding, and running her own computer store in the late 1990s—and more

Jeri Ellsworth is an American entrepreneur and self-taught computer chip designer. She is best known for, in 2004, creating a Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick, called Commodore 30-in-1 Direct to TV. The “computer in a joystick” could run 30 video games from the early 1980s, and was very popular during the 2004 Christmas season, at peak selling over 70,000 units in a single day via the QVC shopping channel. She is a pinball machine aficionado and owns over 60 full-sized pinball arcade games.

Jeri recently put up photos of her “chip fab”. She writes, “It took me 2 years to achieve my dream of making transistors and simple IC’s at home.”

Most recently, she’s been creating the great “A to Z of electronics videos as well as posting videos and content on element14.com – all while helping to create the largest 555 timer contest in the world.

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And! Jeri will be at Maker Faire next week!

See you tonight!