About D+S Tech Labs
    D+S Sound Labs got its start in May 1989 as a one-man speaker shop with a small 360 sq.ft. storage bay in Deerfield Beach, FL.  Although a full line of large-scale home theater speaker systems was designed (The Foundation Series), there was very little budget for advertising.  As such, only a few systems were built and sold.  The bulk of work was speaker repair and residential surround sound hookups.

    In 1996 D+S Sound Labs got more serious with a 1,000 sq.ft. warehouse in Davie, FL.  I built-out this space to have an entry lobby, small wood shop, a furnished demo room with multiple surround sound setups, a computer audio lab with anechoic test and measurement chamber, an assembly and crossover construction area and a small kitchen nook.  Some software contracts and websites were also developed at this site.

    The company thrived with 24 standard home theater speaker products as well as custom speaker construction for large media rooms in multi-million dollar homes. We also expanded our facility to 2,800 sq.ft.  Other diversified interests began to emerge in the fields of industrial automation software and astronomical telescopes. A prototype telescope (Maia) was built.  It was an 8-inch equatorial (yoke-mounted) newtonian reflector and was sold before the axes were even motorized for tracking.

    But in October 2005, Hurricane Wilma took the roof off the facility and all was lost.  D+S Sound Labs rebuilt and struggled for a while and, when the economy also tanked, eventually closed its shop doors in 2007.

    The company, however, remained active and changed it's name to a more general one to persue multiple endeavors.  So D+S Tech Labs, Inc. returned to its software roots to recoup financial losses.  The next few years were spent writing industrial automation software.  Specifically sortation and conveyor system control, which led to thoughts of robotics.

    So D+S Tech Labs is alive and kicking, AND with a new shop in Lauderhill, FL.  With plans on entering the CNC and robotics fields we believe we have some great ideas and products to develop.

    By the way, "D+S" stands for "Daniels + Science".

About Me
    I've had a fascination with numbers and math since grade school.  My first calculator was actually TI's first calculator - the TI2500.  It didn't have a square root key but I found by repeating a sequence of operations I could generate square roots.  I had no idea it was my first "algorithm".  What a nerd :|

This led to a "programmable" calculator - the TI-59.  It could remember a vast number of keystrokes and even had a magnetic card reader.  I even wrote a golf game with this calculator using graph paper with hills, trees and sand traps.

And so began my life-long connection with programming.  Of course I had to have one of the original Apple ][ computers when they came out.  I learned Applesoft BASIC and Motorola 6502 machine language programming.  I was hooked!

    But in high school I also took an interest in wood working, high-end audio with big speakers, motor controlled telescopes, physics and astronomy, skate boarding, gymnastics, racquetball and the drums.  Several of my term papers were on static and rotating black holes and worm holes.  I studied the works of Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne - even gave a lecture on stellar evolution.  I studied acoustics and speaker crossover theory, newtonian reflectors and equatorial telescope mounts.  So throughout my college days, and to this day, I was already juggling too many interests.  Just not enough time to do everything I wanted to try.  I built a few 8" telescopes - and lots of speakers for friends and even installed their car audio systems.  My dream was to eventually have multiple labs, one for each of my "mad scientist" projects.

    My working days started as a programmer for a few companies and even landed some nice contractor jobs with IBM and other tech companies.  In 1990 I was formally trained in C++ object-oriented programming by IBM (very rare for a contractor).  I was part of the EduQuest team in Boca Raton, FL and even wrote a Graphical Windowing System in pure DOS.  I also worked on their OS2/Warp Operating System and OpenDoc project.  But after a few years I was getting the itch to do something else.  I was too much of an entrepreneur to spend the rest of my life in a cubicle/office.

    So in 1996 I opened a home theater speaker shop in Davie, FL.  I designed and built hundreds of systems with far better quality than any store-bought systems.  But I still kept my hand in learning new software technologies such as Microsoft's .NET platform, C#, XAML, WPF/Silverlight, WCF, WinForms and SQL Server.  I wrote at least a dozen websites while at the shop.  And even built a large telescope.

    But Hurricane Wilma ended my fun at the shop and sent me back to my software roots.  Which may have been a good thing because on my next job at GBI Sorters I learned about industrial automation and conveyor systems, single board micro PC's and embedded development.  I wrote my best software at GBI and, in fact, re-wrote their legacy application to operate and control their sortation machines.  I also wrote from scratch a conveyor system design and control application, which they had always outsourced.  I was at GBI for nearly four years - until they fell into financial difficulty and had to layoff all their engineers, including me.

    But now I had the tools to think about robotics and CNC tables.  So these days I'm concentrating on a robot arm with grand plans toward a "Builder Bot" and a CNC table that combines both a table saw and router table - the "Maker Table".  I still multitask between projects from my other interests (labs).  And yes, I regard having to eat and sleep as interruptions :)

    Currently I'm looking for investors/partners to help me build a team and bring these projects to fruition.  Check out the Labs Section to see the current projects in each lab.

If you're interested in my resume from my software days, here it is.

--Bill Daniels