Monthly Archives: January 2014

YuKonstruct – hackspace up north

On a new years eve we have been visited by small group of people from Whitehorse, YT. They said they are opening a hack space and they wanted to take look at ours so they will have better idea of what can be done, what are the possibilities. At first I have to admit that I thought that they are going to hack with moose and bears but as it turned out for the opening night they had over 220 people !!!. That is really impressive. If you will look into Whitehorse wiki page, you will see that the population is only 23 000. Having over 200 people at the start is impressive, having this many in small town like that is unbelievable. Well done. I encourage you to visit their website - .

But the good news do not stop there. They already got a good dose of attention by sending a balloon in to the edge of space, just take look at that – CBC News 

Trillium Recognition Ceremony: Sat Feb 1, 11:30am-noon

A year ago, the Ontario Trillium Foundation gave Kwartzlab a $15,000 capital grant, which we used for tools and other capital expenditures. The tools included some important digital fabrication machines: a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer, a Roland MDX-20 CNC mill, and a 4′x4′ CNC router. It also included some electronics lab equipment and sewing machines.

On Saturday, we are holding a ceremony to thank the Trillium Foundation for helping to make Kwartzlab more awesome. There will be a number of politicians and VIP guests attending. There will be 3 short speeches, a group photo, and we will receive a plaque. We’ll serve hot apple cider, demonstrate the 3D printer, show off our other tools, and give a tour.

It’s a public event, everyone is welcome to attend.

Here’s the agenda:

John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre
Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo
Jaymis Goertz, President of Kwartzlab

Emcee: Sean Howard of Kwartzlab

11:00 am Guests arriving for recognition event
For early arriving guests, there will be a tour of Kwartzlab and a 3D printer demonstration.

11:30am Emcee begins with Welcome and Introductions

Emcee introduces John Milloy, MPP
MPP Milloy speaks (approx 2-3 minutes)
Emcee introduces Catherine Fife, MPP
MPP Fife speaks (approx 2-3 minutes)
Emcee introduces Jaymis Goertz, President of Kwartzlab
President Goertz speaks (3-5 minutes)

Emcee thanks everyone for coming and asks all speakers and other VIPs to come together for a group photo.

12 noon. Event concludes

Control an Individually-Addressable RGB LED Strip with a Leap Motion

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Here, a Leap Motion is sending data to a Processing script, which is sending that data over serial to an Arduino script, which is sending it to my Arduino Uno to control an individually-addressable RGB LED strip. If you want to do this, too, you can grab my code from GitHub.

This seems over-complicated at first, but having Processing in the mix is helpful for two reasons:

  1. The library that exists between Leap and Processing is well made.
  2. Processing excels at animation and visualization. If you do not include the Arduino+RGB LED strip, you can still use the Leap to control animations on your screen via Processing. This is very helpful for debugging, and will allow you to make sure you’re handling your input correctly before you introduce the added complications of the Arduino script and hardware. In the left photo below, the Arduino script is on the left, and the Processing script is on the right. In the right photo, Processing is running and is showing the small dot animation that moves in sync with the motion that the Leap sees.

  3. Click the pics to see them embiggened

    Here’s how the Arduino is set up:

    These pics are also embiggenable by clicking.

    Creative Commons License
    Motion-Reactive Individually-Addressable LED Strip by Michelle Leonhart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
    Based on the Leap Motion Processing and Adafruit Neopixel libraries.

Workshop: Moar LilyPad (Sensors and Actuators edition)

Protosnap LilyPad Arduino Board

Protosnap LilyPad Arduino Board

This is the second part of the LilyPad workshops. This one focuses on mastering more involed actuators, and learning to get data from the many sensor components. Basically, you’ll be able to get your project to respond to the world around it. Imho, this is what makes e-textiles and wearables so exciting.

This second workshop is for people who have used the LilyPad or Arduino before. At least to blink an LED or two. Focusing on input we’ll look at using light sensor, temperature sensor, and accelerometer. And if we’ve time on output using the vibration motor and buzzer board.
We’ll also take a quick look at multiplexing, both input and output, and making your own interfaces to connect regular electrical components to your LilyPad circuit.
The only thing you’ll need to bring with you is a laptop with USB port, everything else is provided. (If you want to bring your own LilyPad components that’s great, just let us know when you’re booking and we’ll make sure you have everything you’ll need.)

Important: please bring your own laptop with USB port. Closer to the event you will receive instructions on how to install the programming environment.

Optional materials; Any LilyPad board (preferably the Protosnap), with sensors (e.g. light, temperature, accelerometer) and actuators (e.g. vibration motor, buzzer board).
If you want to play with the LilyPad before buying, Protosnap boards can be provided for the duration of the workshop, but you’ll probably have to work in groups of at least two people.

When: Thursday, February 13th. From 7pm until 10pm.

Where: TOG.

Cost: €10 for non-members, €5 for members. (All proceeds go to support TOG.)
Please register for this workshop through the contact form below the cut.

(You may encounter a bug where the two sets of arrows spin continuous after pressing ‘Send’, but don’t worry, your message was still sent. If you don’t get a reply in a couple of days, it won’t hurt to try again.)


More Equipment

We have just received the donation of a large Paragon Kiln.  The Paragon SnF 283 is one of the larger kilns and has a firing temperature rating of 2350 degrees.  This new equipment will help us expand the functionality of our new makerspace.

More Equipment

Paragon SnF 283 Kiln

We have just received the donation of a large Paragon Kiln.  The Paragon SnF 283 is one of the larger kilns and has a firing temperature rating of 2350 degrees.  This new equipment will help us expand the functionality of our new makerspace.

A Twist on Tech!

On Wednesday, Feb 19th 5:30-8:00 p.m Hive 76 will be at The Philadelphia Museum of Art! 


Come out and support us on this PAY WHAT YOU WISH ADMISSION night. Let us share and explain some of our great projects while you view some of the Museum’s amazing collection for as little as a penny!

Correct Hive E-bast.


Wegen blödem Netzwerk fuckup den Raspberry Pi im Space runtergefahren, und die schönen 203 Tage uptime kaputt gemacht!

Homebrewing Announcement

The next Homebrewing course is tentatively scheduled to begin on the 22nd of Feburary. This is 3 week course intended to teach beginners the basics of brewing their own beer. If you have any questions about the course, or are interested in reserving a place, you can email brewing [at] 091labs [dot] com or save […]

Workshop: Cisco Administration

2014-01-11 23.53.47Am Samstag den 8. Februar 2014 lädt shackspace ab 15 Uhr zum Cisco Admin Workshop.

Update 2: Die Folien und Befehle kommen im laufe der Woche!
Update: Der Workshop beginnt bereits um 15 Uhr!

Im Workshop geht es primär um Grundlagen der Administration von Cisco Switches und richtet sich an Personen die noch keinen großen Kontakt mit Netzwerkequipment jenseits des Heimanwenderfeldes hatten, dies aber jetzt nachholen wollen.
Anwendbar ist dieses Wissen prinzipiell auf alle Cisco Produkte mit Cisco IOS (ausser Small Business Series wie die SG300). Im Workshop wird mit Cisco Catalyst 2960(s) und ggf. Cisco Catalyst 3750 gearbeitet.|

Durchgeführt wird dieser Workshop von @Phrewfuf (Netzwerkadministrator, CCNA. Maintained große Netzwerke auf Cisco & HP Basis) und @momorientes (System-/Netzwerkadministrator. Maintained Cisco, DLink, Linux und FreeBSD Infrastruktur).

Was behandelt wird:

  • Wie verbinde ich mich mit dem Switch (Telnet, SSH, Serielle Schnittstelle)
  • VLAN Access/Trunk/Native Trunk
  • Trunks unter Linux
  • “Hilfe mein Kollege hat mir einen verkonfigurierten Cisco gegeben, wie stell ich den auf einfach nur switchen um?”
  • Grundlagen der Switch Security
  • Grundlagen des Statischen Routings
  • Einführung in Glasfasertechnik (was ist ein SFP, was ist SingleMode/Multimode)
  • Wie kriege ich meinen Cisco dazu Das Richtige(tm) zu tun?

Themen die in diesem Workshop nicht behandelt werden:

  • SNMP
  • Dynamisches Routing
  • Traffic Shaping
  • Advanced Cisco Magic
  • Troubleshooting von Mitgebrachtem
  • Zertifizierungen (CCNA, CCNP, etc)
  • catOS

Was muss ich mitbringen?

  • Laptop (am besten mit Linux, sonst kann man bei Trunks unter Linux nur zuschauen)
  • USB->Seriell Adapter sofern vorhanden

Zum Event:
Eintritt frei! (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen) Jeder ist willkommen!
Datum: Samstag, 8. Februar 2014 ab 15 Uhr (Anmeldung (Doodle))
Anfahrt: U4/U9 Haltestelle “Im Degen”, Ulmer Straße 255, Stuttgart Wangen (gegenüber Kulturhaus Arena)

Photo: CC-BY-NC-SA @momorientes

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