Professional Portfolio 

Ambient Devices
August 2001 - October 2009

I was CTO and Co-Founder of Ambient Devices.  Our goal is to move information off the computer screen and seamlessly integrate it  into everyday objects  to create continuous awareness of realtime phenomena such as stocks, weather, traffic, or loved ones.  By matching the rendering and acquisition of digital information with physiologically appropriate interfaces, we create frictionless information awareness.

Petz Product Line -- PF. Magic
January 1995 - September 1999

I was technical lead and a creator and designer of the Petz product line.  Petz went through four versions, been ported to the Gameboy,  and has sold over 4 million units worldwide.  

PF Magic is now part of The Learning Company.

Interactive Elmo -- Children's Television Workshop
March 1998 - May 1998

I took a six month sabbatical from PF. Magic and lived in New York City.  Among other endeavors, I worked at Children's Television Workshop where I wrote an interactive Tickle-Me-Elmo for their website.

Click here to tickle Elmo

(Note:  The location of "tickle-me-Elmo" sometimes changes.  If the above link fails, try the main page at and look for Elmo)

PC Postcards -- Sausalito Software Cafe
September 1994 - January 1995

Classic story of boy meets girl, boy starts software company with girl.  We made souvenir screen savers to sell to tourists.  This was back when "Multi-Media" was HOT.


After Dark Screen Savers -- Berkeley Systems
February 1992 - August 1994

I was a technical lead and project manager at Berkeley Systems where I worked licensed screen saver development, including screen savers for Disney, Simpsons, and Star Trek.

inLARGE 2.0 -- Berkeley Systems
September 1991 -February 1992

inLARGE is a full-featured screen magnification utility enabling people with extremely low vision to use a Macintosh.  inLARGE was written in the days before the ADA and mandatory workplace compliance.  inLARGE was my first professional software development effort.

May 1991 - September 1991

Macintosh shareware game where I learned how to program.  You need to sort trash into bins before it falls off the edge of the conveyor belt.  If you go to and type in "Recycle Ben Resner", you can still find download sites.

Associate Editor - Stanford Resources
November 1990 - September 1991

My first real job after college.  I wrote about all aspects of electronic displays from LCD panels for laptops to large screen Jumbotron displays in Times Square.

I wrote the technology section for "Enhanced Liquid Crystal Displays" and edited "Electronic Display World", a monthly newsletter for display professionals