Hello, and welcome to my corner of the web. My name is Kevin Watson and I'm a Senior Director of Product Engineering at MicroVision in Redmond, Washington. I'm working on new MEMS-based laser projection, 3D sensing (LiDAR) and computing technologies. These technologies will enable amazing advances in many areas, including autonomous vehicles of all types, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications.

From September 2015 until October 2016 I was a Principal Engineer and Director, Autonomy & Computing Architectures at Velodyne LiDAR. I lead a team of engineers who are developing new sensing and computing technologies for localization, mapping, path planning and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for future automobiles.

From August 2014 until April 2015, I lead the development of flight computing hardware and software for the LauncherOne project at Virgin Galactic.

From August 2013 until July 2104 I was a consultant to Google and worked on Project Tango. I was the lead Computer Engineer for development of the tango tablet computer and got to work with an amazing team lead by Johnny Lee and many other engineers at Google and Nvidia. The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion and I think the results are fairly spectacular.

From June 2008 until July 2013 I managed the flight computing group at SpaceX where we designed the computers and networking hardware for SpaceX launch vehicles and spacecraft. I was personally responsible for the overall architectural design of fault-tolerant computing systems, as well as the design of computer and networking hardware used in the current generation Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.

In September of 1984 I started my career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and spent the next twenty-four years as an active member of the flight avionics, robotics, and radiation effects communities. When I left JPL I was the group supervisor of the Advanced Computer Systems and Technologies Group in the Flight Avionics Section.


Looking for FIRST Robotics software? My archived FIRST Robotics software and documentation can be found here. I've also ported some of my FIRST Robotics code to run on the very cool VEX Robotics controller. Vex code can be found here.

Last update: 1/1/2017
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