James David Smith is an independent electronics design consultant, and the chief product developer at RC4 Wireless. He specializes in wireless and battery-operated technology for arts, entertainment, and industry.
Mr. Smith has developed award-winning technologies for nearly two decades, including memorable effects in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera(Toronto 1989, Canadian Tour 1991, US Tour 3 1992), numerous Broadway shows (including Spiderman, opening on Broadway in 2011), the complex electronics and software behind the Revolution Display / Toys R Us "building board" scrolling sign matrix in Times Square, New York City (2003) and the scrolling matrix of the Toronto Eaton Centre Media Tower in Toronto (2004). He has over 20 years of experience working with the most demanding show and display designers in the United States and Canada.
For two years (2001 – 2002), Mr. Smith taught for the University of Toronto Professional Development Centre, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Toronto. His course Microcontrollers and Embedded Electronic Control introduced engineers of varying disciplines to electronics, microcontrollers, and firmware-based process control. Mr. Smith's curriculum, and his hands-on practical approach, has been well received by both faculty and students.
He is an accredited Master member of the Microchip Consultant Program, the Freescale Alliance Program, USITT, ABTT, CITT, and the Automotive Engineering Society.