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Hi, I'm Rob!
I build whimisical products with blinky lights and restored retro hardware.

I love creating fun and educational experiences for people using my skills in hardware design, embedded engineering & software architecture.

I'm available to help you build your next project! Let's chat: rob@kirberich.uk

Recent work

Sparkles

Sparkles

Venue art installation playing synchronised animations across 20 custom-made, mesh-networked lights

Gears

Gears

A conference stage installation featuring rotating gears with 60 audience-controlled LEDs

Retro thermostat

Retro thermostat

Restoration of 1960s testing equipment into a retro-looking thermostat

What I do

I help creative companies with bringing their ideas from a napkin to a prototype or a production-ready product. I’m most passionate about creating playful physical products and installations that bring joy into people's lives.

I have a wide range of experience in custom circuit and PCB design with Eagle, hardware manufacturing, Raspberry Pi and Arduino, IoT and home automation as well as CAD modelling with Fusion 360 and 3d-printing. Having come to hardware via a career in building complex, scalable and secure web applications, I'm also available for software architecture and writing both embedded and web software in C, C++, Python, and JavaScript.

When working with clients, I always bring something more to the table: I don't just build your idea, but act as a partner who helps you navigate technical tradeoffs and tackle difficult challenges. Drawing from my experience working in agile teams in fast-paced and deadline-driven environments for most of my working life, I can deliver your project on time individually or collaborate directly with your team.

I specialise in using technology to make ordinary items come to life: be it an interactive element of a set design for your next play, an installation for your venue, or just a little something to make your office bring more joy.

If your project requires skills that I haven’t acquired yet - reach out anyway, there is a good chance I know someone who has.

About me

Hi, I'm Rob Kirberich! I studied Electrical Engineering in Germany, and worked as a Software Engineer for 10 years while working on hardware side projects before pivoting to work on hardware full-time. I currently live in London.

I'm available to work with a small number of selected clients. If you're looking for help, reach out! I'm always happy to have a chat.

rob@kirberich.uk or @kirberich

Robert Kirberich