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Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

This post was originally written by  for Hackaday.com- used with permission.

Hackaday’s DC Meetup and Workshops

Washington DC has a vibrant hardware hacking community and it was out in force on Saturday night, September 12. We had over one hundred people through the door at Nova Labs in Reston, Virginia (DC metro area). This sleek and spacious hackerspace opened their doors for a Hackaday Meetup as part of a weekend packed full of activities.

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

The building that Nova Labs moved into not too long ago is a really well-suited area for a Hackerspace. The front half of the building includes a huge open space which has plenty of room for people to set up the hardware they wanted to show off. The back has a full woodshop, machine shop, and more, with classrooms and conference rooms in between.

Above are a set of hats with addressible LED strings wrapped around them which [ArsenioDev] brought along with him. Several members of the Wyolum team are involved with Nova Labs and they were showing off some LED matrix-based projects like the marquee cube and a 3-player reaction time game. And clacking away all night long is a vintage teletype machine that [Bob Coggeshall] fixed and connected to a Raspberry Pi.

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

There was pizza and beer for all to enjoy. This kegerator was just outfitted with an ESP8266 module which used Amazon SNS to report each time the tap was pulled. The tablet behind is displaying real-time data on these events.

Last month when we were in Boston someone brought on an InMoov robot and there was a different one here. I haven’t run into these very often but two in a row makes me want to take a second look at the project.

And there was a freestanding photo booth but in kiosk format. It included LED panels that lit up different colors to snap a collection of [Andy Warhol]-esque colored portraits.

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

I’m fortunate enough to run across some of my favorite hackers in the world thanks to travels with Hackaday. It was a pleasant surprise to meet [Charles Lohr] whom you may know by the alias [cnlohr]. He’s the one who built a Minecraft server on a glass-slide PCB he fabbed himself. Recently he’s been killing it with the ESP8266, including a bare-metal programming guide he wrote for Hackaday. Above you can see him demonstrating the features he’s added to his ColorChord project. In this case it’s an ESP8266 performing DSP on an electret mic input. It drives a WS2812 strip for great visualizations while plotting the waveform on his phone via WiFi. You know… just the easy stuff.

Also on hand is Hackaday.io celeb [ArsenioDev] who was mentioned above for his blinky hat. He was showing off something much more serious though, an active control system for rockets. He’s coming along quite well with his feedback loop that pairs IMU with four servos for rocket fins. His next test will be driving a car down the runway at the local airport (with permission) while mounting the rocket on a stick for testing. Unfortunately some of this work is ITAR restricted so he’s limited on how much he can publish about the project.

There were a ton of other interesting and notable hackers on hand, like [Alex Rich] of Stickvise fame. You’ve got to make it to one of these events to understand how awesome the Hackaday community is when we’re able to get together for an evening of fun!

The Workshops

Hackaday visits Nova Labs! Hackaday visits Nova Labs!

This weekend was highlighted by a 3-day KiCAD workshop which [Anool Mahidharia] presented. I was fortunate enough to sit in and it was spectacular. I’ve used KiCAD for years and have spun boards from my design, but [Anool] is master at both PCB design and KiCAD itself.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning he walked everyone through a demonstration circuit based around a pair of linear regulators. He’s a remarkable teacher and included several gotchas to illustrate all aspects of KiCAD. For instance, he used a barrel jack in the design which has an oblong through-hole footprint that isn’t supported by OSH Park’s fab process. This way he was able to talk about how to change out the footprint and it was immediately applicable.

The rest of the weekend each participant worked on their own circuit and layout. I’m happy to say that everyone managed to get a design sent of for fabrication by the end day on Sunday! A render of my hastily-conceived design (I didn’t plan ahead on what I wanted to make) is seen above.

If you missed the post on Saturday, you’ll want to click through to read about the surface mount soldering workshops which [Bob] conducted several times on Friday and Saturday.

Many People to Thank

Thank you to [Bob Coggeshall] and all the Nova Labs members. They opened their door to us and made sure the place was packed and help make the event run smoothly.

[Anool] had this workshop planned long before the rest of the Hackaday ever thought of being there. Thanks for letting us join in on the fun and for making Open Hardware such a big part of what you and Wyolum do!

A big thanks to [Andrew Albosta] for taking all the photos of the meetup. He has a ton of cool builds written up on his blog, including several really cool carbon-fiber items like the wine bottle holder which were part of a composites class at Nova Labs.

And of course, thank you Hackaday Prize sponsors Atmel, Freescale, Microchip, Mouser, and Texas Instruments and to Hackaday’s parent company Supplyframe for making Hackaday live events and educational opportunities possible.

Ed. note:

Be sure to check out Hackaday’s writeup of the Surface Mount Soldering class that Bob Coggeshall conducted the same weekend.

July 15th (Wed): NYC Mesh Meetup

This Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 6:30pm, we’ll be hosting NYC Mesh, a group who are building a community-operated mesh network consisting of Wi-Fi router “nodes” spread throughout the city. The mesh network has no central server and no single internet service provider. All nodes cooperate in the distribution of data, serving as a stand-alone network in case of emergencies. Stop by if you’d like to find out more about the NYC Mesh and perhaps add some nodes to grow the mesh in Brooklyn.

When:

July 15h, 2015 6:30pm.

Where:

NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

(Optional) RSVP on Meetup.com.

2nd Sailfish OS Meetup (June, 2nd)

Almost two month ago the first Sailfish OS Meetup happend. Unfortunately during the last weeks there was no time for me to organise the next meetings but I am going to do this now again.

Here are the facts:

  • When? Monday, June, 2nd, 7pm
  • Where? main hall, c-base
  • Who? Everyone interested in SailfishOS!

It would be great to make this evening more impressive by having some people presenting related stuff. This could be:

  • Showing an application or a hack you like or created
  • A Jolla or Sailfish OS related topic (e.g.: QML or Wayland specific stuff)
  •  Just questions regarding Jolla/Sailfish OS

If you would like to give a short talk or presentation just get in contact with us: sailfishosberlin@ju-key.de

In addition check out the Sailfish OS meetup FAQ.

https://github.com/SailfishOS-Meetup-Berlin/FAQ

Looking forward to see you!

2nd Sailfish OS Meetup (June, 2nd)

Almost two month ago the first Sailfish OS Meetup happend. Unfortunately during the last weeks there was no time for me to organise the next meetings but I am going to do this now again.

Here are the facts:

  • When? Monday, June, 2nd, 7pm
  • Where? main hall, c-base
  • Who? Everyone interested in SailfishOS!

It would be great to make this evening more impressive by having some people presenting related stuff. This could be:

  • Showing an application or a hack you like or created
  • A Jolla or Sailfish OS related topic (e.g.: QML or Wayland specific stuff)
  •  Just questions regarding Jolla/Sailfish OS

If you would like to give a short talk or presentation just get in contact with us: sailfishosberlin@ju-key.de

In addition check out the Sailfish OS meetup FAQ.

https://github.com/SailfishOS-Meetup-Berlin/FAQ

Looking forward to see you!

Virtual Reality Night is Really Happening

and I mean happening, can you dig it?

Monday, Decemeber 23rd, starting at 7pm. Bring your VR gear, bring your curiosity, bring a little something for the donatio box, and check out what’s on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology. This is your chance to try Occulus Rift goggles and see what VHS is all about. Get there early as space and time are limited.

See the MeetUp page for more info.

Foto Friday: Working with Models

This Friday at 7:30 pm, come learn about working with models in the photography world. Where to locate agencies, freelance models, and how to approach working with them. The class will be taught by Steve Rainwater and will consist of two parts. First the main discussion. Then attendees will be able to photograph a model who has graciously agreed to come out for the session. Please bring your own cameras for this portion.

If you have any questions please direct them to Nicole LeCody at: ngre@gmail.com

DFW Virtual Reality Meetup First Meeting July 19th

dallas skyline at night

DFW Virtual Reality Meetup

With the release of the Oculus Rift, Virtual Reality has taken off again. As Oculus VR CEO Palmer Luckey puts it “The games industry is at the end of a very long console cycle, one that is definitely showing its age. People want a truly next-generation gaming experience, but next-generation consoles are looking to be more of the same. The Rift, on the other hand, is something that clearly brings new things to the table.” DFW Virtual Reality is a group of local VR enthusiasts working towards the old promise of a next-gen gaming experience. Come join us learn, explore and make it happen.

Join us for the first DFWVR meetup!

Date: July 19th 7pm

Location: The Dallas Makerspace , in the Monroe Classroom

Come and meet fellow VR enthusiasts, makers, and developers.  Were here help each other explore this fascinating new technology. There will be a Rift Demo along with a Razor Hydra.

Speakers

Jeri Ellsworth

Jeri Ellsworth (Via Skype)

Jeri is an American entrepreneur and self-taught computer chip designer. She is best known for creating a Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick, in 2004, called C64 Direct-to-TV. That “computer in a joystick” could run 30 video games from the early 1980s, and was very popular during the 2004 Christmas season, at peak selling over 70,000 units in a single day via the QVC shopping channel. Ellsworth currently lives in Seattle.

Jeri will talk about her new venture Technical Illusions and the project they are working on CastAR. You can read more about CastAR here.

Mike Eber
Mike Eber

Mike will demonstrate how to Rift Enable DirectX9 games with Vireio Perception and modify games.

If you are interested in speaking or presenting a demo at DFW Virtual Reality please contact MikeE

RSVP here http://www.meetup.com/DFW-Virtual-Reality/events/128854432/

Reposted from http://riftmod.com/dfw-virtual-reality-meetup-first-meeting-july-19th/

Class: Bitcoin – Getting Started

BTC_LogoHave you heard about Bitcoin but don’t know where to start or how it works?  On Friday, April 19th Andrew LeCody will be teaching a class that will cover the basics of the Bitcoin currency and network, including:

  • What is Bitcoin?
  • How to use Bitcoins, finding a good/safe wallet
  • How to get Bitcoins
  • What the heck is mining?

The class will start at 7pm and hopefully wrap up by 9pm. If we have time and interest we may also go over some of the intricacies of the protocol and software.

Speaker

Andrew LeCody is an Open Source Software enthusiast, developer and current President of the Dallas Makerspace. He originally started using Bitcoins in mid 2010, and through his involvement in that community discovered the hackerspace movement.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency, a protocol, and a software that enables:

  • Instant peer to peer transactions
  • Worldwide payments
  • Low or zero processing fees
  • And much more!

Bitcoin uses peer to peer technology to operate with no central authority; managing transactions and issuing Bitcoins are carried out collectively by the network. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment systems.