Mr. James David Smith

Chief Product Developer
RC4 Wireless
13604 Heathwood Court
United States


James David Smith is an electronics designer and software developer specializing in battery-powered and wireless technology for arts, entertainment, and industry. As the owner and chief product designer for RC4 Wireless in Raleigh, NC, he has developed award-winning technologies for over two decades, including numerous devices in The Phantom of the Opera, wireless motion in Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, wireless lighting in props and costumes used in three consecutive Katy Perry tours, and much of the wireless lighting control in Disney theme parks around the world. Mr. Smith holds two patents, both related to wireless control for entertainment, and has won Innovation Awards and Honorable Mentions from PLASA, ABTT, and LDI. A well-received course on embedded electronics was created and taught by Mr. Smith for two years at the University of Toronto Professional Development Centre. He has contributed articles to Protocol, USITT’s TD&T, Lighting Dimensions, and Stage Directions. His most recent article, about methods for controlling pixels, appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of Protocol.


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