About HudsonWerks

HudsonWerks LLC is a New York City-based DIY hardware & new product development shop. We explore emerging opportunities and build products in the colliding worlds of DIY, Internet of Things, embedded electronics,  sensors, open source tools, and 3D printing.

Since our interests are varied, often complex and fast-moving, our blog typically re-publishes stories we’ve uncovered that are relevant to this wide spectrum of topics.


Charles Hamilton with custom HudsonWerks PCB

As a tech creative and longtime gadgeteer, HudsonWerks owner Charles Hamilton (Linkedin profile) has been exploring new product development, mobile device design, digital media, and user experience within large enterprises and as an entrepreneur for nearly two decades.

Working with some of the world’s leading electronics and technology brands — Microsoft, Epson, AT&T, SAP — Charles has helped research, design, build and test wearable bio-sensing prototypes, IoT applications, advanced platforms for mobile content delivery using voice recognition, ultra energy-efficient tablets for specialized industries, devices on board the International Space Station (ISS), and communication tools for the elderly population.

In addition, Charles is a part-time Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at CUNY (City University of New York/CityTech campus), where he lectures on a wide variety of open source hardware and software tools . His expertise ranges from Linux to C/C++ to Assembly; from SBCs to microcontrollers, including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and its variants (ESP32/8266), along with incorporating a healthy mix of sensors, motors, and daughterboard doodads.

Current projects include the following:


  • Beaglebone Black Cookbook – For Packt Publishing (UK), author of the book The Beaglebone Black Cookbook: 60 Recipes for the Beaglebone Black. Akin to the Raspberry Pi, the Beaglebone Black is a powerful and popular ARM-based microcomputing platform favored by makers and embedded device developers.
  • Citizen Science book — For one of the largest, global technology publishers, a new book series on IoT open source project using low-cost microcomputers sensors, and off-the-shelf hardware.


  • PedX – A mobile and wearable safety system for the urban pedestrian.
  • GrannyCam – a super user-friendly video chat device for seniors and their grandchildren, awarded a Blue Ribbon by Make Magazine editors at Maker Faire New York, and spotlighted by Texas Instruments and Beagleboard as a new product to watch.
  • Pixura – A unique, open source digital photo frame that lets you effortlessly create a private, wireless picture channel.
  • Madge –  For the home healthcare market, Madge is a robot that assists in therapeutic care for the elderly and those with physical disabilities.
  • VitalZ – An Internet of Things (IoT) open source data and device platform for home healthcare devices measuring and tracking a set of bio-markers.

Charles writes and maintains the HudsonWerks blog and UX Health, which explores tech trends in health and wellness.

HudsonWerks is named after Charles’ 3-year old son, Hudson, who likes putting peanut butter and jelly on his dad’s breadboard.

Hudson with personal kitchen hardware


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