Dr. Torq is a for-hire inventor, writer, speaker, experimentalist…and adventurer who explains the latest, bleeding-edge technology trends to audiences worldwide, through his published articles and in-person tech talks.
The trademark Steampunk-themed prototype gadgets, he builds are insanely popular online, at conferences and at tech events.
Doc specializes in the physical computing stack, robotics, Linux and DIY tech topics. His weekly “Off The Shelf Hacker” column covers the physical computing spectrum from micro-controllers to firmware to software to IoT, electronics, machine design and beyond. And, it’s not just hands-on tech stuff. He also shares hard-earned insights on geek culture, doing demos, presentations, branding and tech promotion.
He’s led a variety of engineering, business, and special projects with Martin-Marietta, AT&T, Intermedia, Lockheed-Martin, and other organizations. Doc has covered tech for Linux.com, Linux Journal magazine, Raspberry Pi Geek Magazine, techtarget, Dice, thenewstack.io and others, since 2001. He is a co-author of “Point & Click OpenOffice.org” and worked as a contributing editor for LinuxToday.com.
He’s given tech talks at OSCON, Fossetcon, the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) and other events. As you would probably expect, he has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University.
Doc likes Steampunk because it’s a fascinating mix of eclectic characterizations from the past, imagination, creativity, modern trends and futuristic speculation. It fits perfectly with his view of tech, prosperity, Conservative American traditions, and civilized behavior.
Doc uses his given name, Rob Reilly, when signing checks and legal documents.