Meet Arjun - Lofelt Embedded Engineer

By Melissa Maristuen

Posted on March 28, 2019 in Meet the Team

Last month, we launched a blog series called Meet the Team, where Lofelt colleagues tell a bit about themselves, what they’re working on, what inspires them, and a lot more.

For the second installment in the series, we’re featuring Arjun Prasad, an Embedded Engineer who has been with Lofelt for over three years. Arjun is responsible for developing a key part of Lofelt haptic technology: our proprietary DSP software. Arjun has worn many hats since he started, and his dedication and creativity have helped elevate Lofelt technology to the next level. It’s also worth noting, when he’s not busy writing code, Arjun is practicing Deutsch, jogging during his lunch break and teaching the office dogs new tricks. In short, Arjun is a Lofelt legend - enjoy!

Where are you from originally? And, how long have you been in Berlin?

I’m originally from India and have been in Berlin since January 2015.

How did you hear about Lofelt and what lead you to apply?

I heard about the company through a friend who was working at Lofelt as a consultant and he recommended working here. The kind of product they were building at that time suited my technical expertise, hence I applied for the job.

How has your role evolved since you started?

My role has evolved tremendously since I started. When I first arrived at Lofelt, I was a junior embedded developer who supported firmware development. After 3 years, I am now leading projects related to embedded firmware, as well as customer integration.

Could you tell us what you’re currently working on and your average day at Lofelt?

I am working on bringing Lofelt Wave firmware to a variety of platforms for customers to integrate our haptic solutions seamlessly.

As far as my average day, it starts around 10:00 a.m with a nice cup of coffee while checking Pivotal Tracker to see the tasks planned for the sprint. I reserve 30 mins to read any pressing emails and Slack, then start with the current task at hand or pick a new one if priorities have shifted. The engineers also have a daily standup and then we usually have lunch together as a team.

What’s your biggest achievement at Lofelt so far?

Having written firmware for two well-received consumer products out in the market: Basslet and Razer Nari Ultimate Headset.

What is most challenging about your role?

Building an embedded application from scratch that will be part of a consumer product is the most challenging task. Making things work on an embedded device is always fun, but these things almost never work. If you're programming and you think it will work in the first go, it usually doesn’t. You have to figure out what’s missing and debug. There’s always an answer for why it doesn't work, and finding that answer itself is part of the fun.

And, what’s your favorite thing about working at Lofelt?

The team and the culture. We have quite a diverse team that spans multiple cultures, languages, regions and personalities. The work culture is flexible and promotes self-management, delegation and a sense of responsibility.

Describe Lofelt in 3 words:

Best workplace yet

What’s your goal for the company in 5 years?

To establish itself as a leader in providing haptic solutions. Whenever someone thinks of haptics – they think of Lofelt.

And, how about goals for yourself in 5 years?

To be able to architect a whole system (hardware, software) for a consumer product. What I mean by that is to come up with the concept – the system, what it looks like, what hardware to use, the design, schematics, layout, software – all the way to final delivery.

Do you have a favorite Lofelt moment?

The day before we released the final mass-production-ready firmware for Basslet, we were still working on features that could improve the experience while also improving its durability. It was risky, but we managed to implement it one day before the final release. This proved to be very significant.

If you could switch jobs with anyone else in the company, who would it be and why?

It would have to be with Amir, our lead Mechanical Engineer – simply for the reason to learn the mechanical aspects of a product design.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Fun, frank, friendly

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

Acting! Yes, you heard it correctly!

What is the funniest thing that happened while you were at work?

I was taking a shower at work at our old office and halfway through, the power went out in the entire building, which also shut off the hot water. As you know, cold water is very cold!

What movie or movie character do you most identify with?

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) from Pursuit of Happyness. This character inspired me a lot but I would not go so far as to say that I identify myself with this character because my life is relatively much easier.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends in Berlin?

Running, biking and playing cricket (summer only!).

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Astrophysicist. I am still quite intrigued by the fields of astronomy and astrophysics.

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I used to be a priest at a temple when I was young. Not weird at all given my family's history but weird when you compare it to what I am doing now.

What is your favorite meal?

My mom's Pulao with Raita topping!

How about your current favorite song?

Sidila Bharava - KGF - Kannada Movie

What’s the best advice you ever had?

To quit smoking!

Who is your idol?

Thinking of one person whose values and struggles have influenced me greatly, it would be my father.

What superpower would you like to have?

Teleportation! I could travel at will to any place I want and also go home to India whenever I feel like it.

Thanks for reading, see you back here next month for the next interview!

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Melissa Maristuen

Melissa is a DJ, producer, label owner and non-practising librarian. She spent her early 20s writing about music and culture, and is happy to be back at it.