Bunnie Huang

Bunnie Huang

ADVISOR & HARDWARE GURU, HAX

Bunnie loves hardware.

He loves to make it, he loves to break it; he loves the smell of it.

As a youth, he expressed his passion for hardware by taking apart everything, much to his parent’s chagrin. He eventually went on to earn a PhD from MIT in EE in 2002.

Around the same time, bunnie reverse engineered the original Microsoft Xbox console, revealing a secret key that enabled users to load their own code onto the console. He documented his experiences in a book, “Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering”.

Bunnie has designed video controller ICs for SGI, video codecs for Qualcomm, mixed-signal baseband chips for wifi and bluetooth for Mobilian, and silicon nanowire test chips for Caltech. At Luxtera, he designed the world’s first integrated 10 Gbit nano-photonic modulator with WDM mux/demux in silicon, which won the 2006 ISSCC Lewis Winner award for best paper.

In 2006, bunnie left Luxtera to co-found chumby industries, where he designed a line of open hardware internet appliances, ranging from plush leather internet alarm clocks to photo-sharing frames.

In 2011, bunnie released an open hardware design, the NeTV, demonstrating a man-in-the-middle attack on HDCP which enables users to overlay video on encrypted streams without circumventing copyright controls.

Since his departure from chumby, bunnie has contributed an open source geiger counter reference design to Safecast, with the hopes of enabling better civilian monitoring of radiation in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis.

He is also an advisor for several startups, and a consultant for MAKE magazine; and he has the privilege of serving as a Research Affiliate for the MIT Media Lab.

Bunnie currently lives in Singapore, where he continues to work on open source hardware projects that he hopes someday can benefit the world.