Mission Control Crew—an international group of experts in their fields
Ken Miller, our founder and lead engineer, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and has over 40 years of systems design and product development under his belt. His variety of successful projects have resulted in 15+ US patents, with many more pending.
Our industrial design, electrical and mechanical engineering, video game development, prototyping, and manufacturing crew members hail from three continents centered on California’s Silicon Valley. Collectively they’ve brought products to market for companies from multinational corporations to start-ups. With over 125 years of collective experience in bringing products to US and international markets, our team is poised to introduce ZOZ around the world.
Supporting our manufacturing efforts, our team of graphic design, digital storytelling, video, PR, marketing, and corporate culture professionals have worked with global companies, VC firms, as well as early and late stage startups, to bring both physical and virtual products to market.
Backed by legal authorities in inventorship, business and the entrepreneurial arts, intellectual property, commercial, and international law, our team rests on a firm foundation that will guide us in taking ZOZthebot from startup aspirant to global sensation.
From Humble Inspiration
ZOZthebot was conceived in 2012 whilst founder Ken Miller was contemplating the salt and pepper shakers on his dining room table. "What if I had a robot that could push these around and knock them off the table?” he wondered. “If everyone at the table had a similar robot and a set of shakers, we could have a lot of fun."...And so the spark for ZOZball was ignited!
Soon the robot was envisioned as ZOZthebot, a super-fun modular gaming platform with a classic retro sci-fi flying saucer aesthetic. The kitchen table transformed into a pool table, and then again into a modular arena we now call the 'ZOZadium'. The salt and pepper shakers morphed into pool balls and finally to the (more versatile) tennis balls. The work continues on as we continue to improve the system, and work on a soon-to-be-released computer-based simulator we're calling 'project ZOZulator'. (Shhh!)
What started as a simple idea has evolved into ZOZball, an exciting new form of entertainment: ZOZball combines the best features of Pool, Pinball, Mini-Golf, Soccer, and Shooting Galleries. With our expandable platform and the DIY mindset of our customer-community, the possibilities are infinite!