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Greg Garner History

Greg Garner began tinkering with electronics when he was 8 years old. He got a Radio Shack 1001 experimenters kit. Boy that was fun! Next, some good friends that worked at Hewlett Packard gave Greg 10 boxes of discarded electronic stuff. This equipement was planted in very fertile soil, and soon Greg had a working Nixie tube basketball display. The high voltage was created from a relay and a transformer. I wish I had a picture of this device. Greg worked several summers as an electronic repair tech for an electronic repair shop in Texarkana. This was a good time to learn from the ground up how to engineer equipment to be reliable, simple, and easy to work on.

Greg began working on his electrical engineering degree in 1982 at the University of Arkansas. During the 7 years it took to get a degree, Greg was working part time or full time. Some of the firms where he did more technician and engineering work during this time were:

Baldor Electric (, doing Fortran coding and testing of DC motors as a Co-op student.

Weigh Systems, Inc. doing scale repair, and eventually engineering many different scales.

University of Arkansas, designing the Wide Area Bar Code Reader system for the US Postal Service. There are now more than 40,000 WABCR systems in place all over the US.

Greg finished his undergraduate degree in 1989, and began working on a masters degree in Electrical Engineering.

During the time Greg was working on his masters degree, he worked on the WABCR project, and then moved on to Artran, Inc. His first job at Artran was to recover the design on a background music system that was being used at a major retailer. The design was improved on, but then it was decided to re-engineer the satellite system for better performance and reliability. The outcome of this effort was known as the ASR-III (Artran Satellite Receiver model III), and there are more than 2000 of these units in retail outlets over the US.

Greg Finished his masters degree in 1994.

Over the next 9 years, Greg worked his way up from engineer, to senior engineer, then engineering manager, then vice president of engineering at Artran. Many different electronic and computer projects. Descriptions of some of these can be found on the projects pages.

In 2000, Greg and Jennifer Garner started Real Time Engineering. We started restoring old Mopar cars at that time, as well as doing many different engineering consulting projects for various companies.

In 2003, Greg took a full time position with Roku ( as Director of Hardware Engineering.

This is a mostly complete list of projects that Greg has worked on over the years: