One of our members Trey Kirkland has been working on adapting a simple Arduino Pong setup that was posted to Make Magizine’s site a couple years ago to run on a pair of 8×8 LED displays. Here’s some photos of his prototype unit, all hand wired and he’s grown the code base for it from about 7 to 15 printed pages as well as debugging a lot of the original code and making it two-player workable.
Here’s some photos and a quick video of it as it was last Tuesday, but he’s been adding to it so quickly who knows what it’ll look like by next week!
Hey Haxers, it was exciting last month with One Spark. More than 110,000 people came out for the 5 day event. My Solar Shutters project I had setup in the Suntrust building came in 37th place, out of 447 creators, putting me in the 92nd percentile, and bringing home $1,400 in crowd funding. Check out the project here. There’s plans in the works to hold One Spark again next year. (will the sequel be aptly named “Two Spark”?)
If you missed out on OneSpark, don’t worry, there’s more stuff coming up.
This weekend there is the Ideas and Inspiration Home Show, which is being held in the Prime Osborne Center. It’s going to feature 120 vendors showing off their DIY home improvement products. Heck, I might even be setup there myself. It’s also going to have two stages for people to discuss their own ideas, and inspirations. The whole event starts off Friday (May 3rd), and Runs through Sunday (May 5th)
Also for any inventors that may be interested, there are currently two shows in the works that are casting inventors. One is a new show from Los Angeles being filmed for TV that I would guess will be like Shark Tank, they contacted us specifically looking for inventors.
Another called Piranha Pit is a Shark Tank-esque show made for youtube, and streaming.
If anyone has an interest in participating in either shows to show of their inventions, send a message through our contact page or leave a comment.
Dan, Ronnie, Chad, Travis and a pile of other folks have been prepping the electronics room for painting, organizing, and general cleanup for the impending Linux class on the second, so tonight we cleared out and painted some of the electronics room floor. Here it is, more photos from the in-progress if I can unbork my phone!
1: Ancient subterranean Persian AC/water deliver systems
2: A happy laptop infiltrating a couple layers of DMZ and internal network
3: Listings of possible classes
4: Remnants of describing sawtooth waves
5: The face of a magic eye vacuum tube
For some time I’ve been jealous of the Power Racing Series run by some spaces up near Detroit. http://www.powerracingseries.org/ It’s basically souped up Power Wheels cars raced by teams made mostly from hackerspaces with under $500 budgets on the build.
I picked up a discarded Barbi Jeep, and with that and some random stuff around the space have been building up a power racing kart.
The Jeep started out innocently enough as a Barbie Jeep in a nice purple color.
Rear end from a three wheeled bike
Rough mockup of the parts
– Part of the steering rack made in steel
– Rough frame
– Drive train close to complete with 250w 24v motor.
– A fresh coat of paint
– First assembly able to drive it
– A failed attempt at a motor controller
As it stands now it’s far from complete, but far enough along to be ridable with some caveats:
1: the steering is in reverse
2: there’s only “Flintstone” brakes. I’ve got a caliper that need installing
3: it has no speed control other than “Off” and “HOLY CRAP!”.
I’ve got a motor controller and throttle on order now from here http://www.monsterscooterparts.com/24vo50unscco.html and am looking forward to finishing it and taking it for a test drive.
We have a fancy new door locking system for our front door courtesy of Wayne.
If you have not been added to the new door system yet, and are a member, please contact Wayne, Luis, Chad, or Ronnie to be added to the new door system. They can be reached via facebook, the forums, or via their phones if you have their numbers.