Jack McCauley an Innovator in Residence at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, a Professor at UC Berkeley, Co-Founder of Oculus, an American engineer, hardware designer, inventor, video game developer, and philanthropist. Jack is best known for designing the guitars and drums for the Guitar Hero video game series, and as a co-founder […]

Heart Rate Monitor to Nike

IN 2010 I pitched a smartwatch combo heart rate monitor invention to Nike. I patented this idea of a watch with monitor in 2010. I did the ID design and then off to Graham England, my ID guy for photoreal renders. (Graham also did the DK1, DK2 and Rift IDs for Oculus.)

Napier’s “bones” calculator

Calculator I built that is a copy of Napier’s “bones” calculator that is a rendition of a calculator from ancient Mesopotamia. This calculator can compute numbers as large as 10^18 which is 1 million trillion. It was used for trade in Mesopotamia and for tax calculations and commodities in Europe from 1600 onward. It also […]

Hindu-Arabic system

To say that Islam has had a profound influence on mathematics is an understatement. One mathematician in particular was named Al-Khwarizmi (590-650.) Khwarizmi wrote the first text book on Algebra which was a distillation of Mesopotamian works that functioned with balancing and trade of commodities. Khwarizmi was a Muslim cleric and scholar who taught in […]

Hydrogen Balloon

Pure hydrogen H2 does not burn. To burn it must be mixed with O2. In a weather balloon, if you used pure hydrogen, the volume of gas you’d need would be 1/5 the volume of helium and a similar sized balloon would have five times the lift capacity with H2 hydrogen. If you lit a […]

First EVC

Thirty years ago today I met with Malcolm Bricklin and Lee Iacocca. Lee was the chairman of Chrysler and had just retired. I used to write for Dr. Dobbs Journal and Byte Magazine and this is how they found me. I don’t write anymore and it’s not in my skillset really, I just liked doing […]

Climate Change Conundrum

I’m a researcher and I teach at the top Engineering college in the world. I also graduated from there. I’m smart and I was the class of 2019 commencement speaker. I am really good at doing research. I pivoted to researching the issues of global warming about six months ago. I used for my research […]

Jack McCauley Lola E3

Overhead shot of car I designed and built that was finished three years ago. The car has a GM LS7 and is California emissions compliant. We did the entire car in SOLIDWORKS and machined the parts in-house on our 5-axis Haas CNC. About a 1/4 of the parts were made in Carbon Fiber on our […]

Combustion Experiment

At UC Berkeley last year I built a rig to accurately measure the combustion efficiencies of a piston IC engine to see what the real eff. numbers are. We used ethanol for a fuel source and squirted a small amount of if (200 proof bourbon) into the combustion chamber. The rig has a small piston […]

A Portable Wind Tunnel

We built a portable wind tunnel for measuring EV efficiency and will be used to calculate the drag coefficients of Tesla and Chevrolet EVs. It sticks on the car windshield using suction cups. Pitot tube based  anemometer. Jack had two choices to place the portable wind tunnel at mid ground level near the front air intake or place […]