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Meeting of Réseau libre (3 avril 2014)

By strawdog, on 2014-03-29 00:00



The next meeting of Réseau Libre, "hackfest", will be held at Foulab on Thursday, April 3 2014 from 7 to 9pm. On the agenda: a demo of the project Commotion-Babel by the Polytechnic students and other fun things. This meeting is open to everyone.

For more information: http://wiki.reseaulibre.ca/nouvelles/2014-04-03-hackfest/

Montreal Modular Meetup (March 16, 2014)

By strawdog, on 2014-03-14 20:46



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Montreal Mini Maker Faire will be held June 7-8 2014

By strawdog, on 2014-02-28 00:00



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It's coming. Montreal Mini Maker Faire will be held Jun 7-8, 2014. We will see you there!

Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV (Sun. Feb. 9)

By strawdog, on 2014-01-25 00:00



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No space left! However, if you would like to indicate your interest in us repeating the workshop please do at the email below.

Do you want to make your computer react to light, movement and gestures? Do you want to capture and process images and video as part of your project? Do you wonder: whats wrong with these lazy AI programmers, why can't my computer recognize me yet? Get answers to all these questions and more at the Foulab Workshop “Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV”! OpenCV is an open source library for capturing and analyzing images and video. It is written in C/C++, and API's are available in Python, Java and on Android and iOS.

The workshop is aimed at people with some programming knowledge, but not necessarily any computer vision knowledge. We will cover:

The primary programming language for the workshop will be Python. The workshop has been updated from previous workshops to cover OpenCV 2.4.6, and the latest version of OpenCV's python interface. The workshop presentations will be in English, but we are more than happy to provide support and answer questions in French.

Time: Sunday, February 9, 1-5pm
No space left! However, if you would like to indicate your interest in us repeating the workshop please do at the email below.
Cost: 25$ (Cash, or make arrangements in advance at the following email)
RSVP to strawdog3 (at) gmail.com required. Space is limited.
Required materials: laptop, webcam

While this workshop will be limited in scope to OpenCV itself, people are encouraged to stay after the workshop and discuss more advanced topics, such as the interfacing of openCV with other libraries and languages. If you have projects in mind or in progress, please do stick around and chat with us!



Helios Makerspace

By Danukeru, on 2014-01-22 00:00



There is a new makerspace opening up in Montreal, located not far from Foulab. They have open houses on Wed. evenings, go on down and say hello. Information can be found here

Work In Progress Night: Arduino miscellany (Wed. Dec. 4)

By strawdog, on 2013-11-29 08:00



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This week there are a bunch of new Arduino sensors to try out - temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. Plus, we may try to build a couple custom ones.

Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday Dec. 4, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber will bring a work in progress to the lab and work on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



Work In Progress Night: Etch a sketch drawing machine. The sequel. (Wed. Nov. 27)

By strawdog, on 2013-11-21 00:00



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We already had the motorised etch a sketch at a previous WIP night, but it was still very far from completion. While the idea of putting a couple steppers on an etch a sketch to produce etch a sketch drawings seems straightforward, there are actually a number of tricky points. There is quite a bit of mechanical backlash in the sketch, meaning that the order in which you draw lines makes a lot of difference. The image processing required to generate a scene which can be drawn in a single line from a picture is also interesting.


Results from the last time the etch a sketch was at WIP night. http://strawprojects.blogspot.ca/2013/10/backlash-complications.html

Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday Nov. 27, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber will bring a work in progress to the lab and work on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #6: Mindwave Mobile (WED. NOV. 13)

By strawdog, on 2013-11-08 00:00



Supposedly, the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile has a fairly flexible developer API. I've got a Mindwave. It's time to try it out.

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Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber brings a work in progress to the lab and works on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #5: HIGH VOLTAGE (WED. NOV. 6)

By strawdog, on 2013-10-31 00:00



Everyone needs a few kilovolts now and then. Using a flyback transformer or an automotive coil it is possible to build a moderately high voltage supply. Several interesting projects can be done with this, including ionic lifters, Kirlian photography and alpha particle detection, not to mention big fancy sparks.

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I've done some work on this in the past with a trivially simple circuit, but when it came time to actually use the high voltage in projects, it wasn't up to the job. Time to take it to the next level.

Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber brings a work in progress to the lab and works on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #4: VISION THING (WED. OCT. 23)

By strawdog, on 2013-10-18 00:00



This wednesdays WIP night will be dedicated to various OpenCV projects. This is partly to prepare material for the upcoming Open CV workshop, but we also have a number of vision based projects on the go. Come by and get a sneak preview of the course, or just chat about computer vision.

Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber brings a work in progress to the lab and works on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



POSTPONED: GNU/Linux install fest and Intermediate/Advanced Puppet tutorial (OCT 26-27)

By strawdog, on 2013-10-15 00:00



POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF SIGNUPS

2 day Workshop OCTOBER 26th and 27th 2013 Postponed:

- to enjoy all level of linux heaven -



Sign up here!


Day 1: GNU/Linux install fest and beginner tutorial




Day 2: Intermediate/Advanced Puppet tutorial



The general idea is that if you're an ultra beginner, you come at the very start, and if you're more intermediate and already have a Linux box, you can come in later on. Linux comfortable users who want to do some puppet/devops stuff can come only for day 2. Ultra beginners who aren't ready for puppet or sysadmin-ing can only come for day 1.



POSTPONED: Foulab Double Header: Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV / Introduction to WebGL

By strawdog, on 2013-10-10 00:00



POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF SIGNUPS

Nov 2 and 3 Postponed, Foulab will present two workshops. On Saturday, learn to bring visual interaction to your projects with Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV, and on Sunday, step up to modern graphics in your web applications with Introduction to WebGL. Each workshop will run from 13:00h to 17:00h. Workshop attendance is $30 each, or $50 to attend both workshops. Each workshop is limited to 20 places, so get 'em while they're hot.

Tickets are for sale on eventbrite Each event alone is 30$, or 50$ to attend both.

The workshop presentations will be in English, but we are more than happy to provide support and answer questions in French.

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Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV

Do you want to make your computer react to light, movement and gestures? Do you want to capture and process images and video as part of your project? Do you wonder: whats wrong with these lazy AI programmers, why can't my computer recognize me yet? Get answers to all these questions and more at the Foulab Workshop “Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV”!

The workshop is aimed at people with some programming knowledge, but not necessarily any computer vision knowledge. We will cover:

The primary programming language for the workshop will be Python. The workshop has been updated from previous workshops to cover OpenCV 2.4.6, and the latest version of OpenCV's python interface.

Time: Saturday, November 2, 1-5pm Postponed
Required materials: laptop, webcam

While this workshop will be limited in scope to OpenCV itself, people are encouraged to stay after the workshop and discuss more advanced topics, such as the interfacing of openCV with other libraries and languages. If you have projects in mind or in progress, please do stick around and chat with us!

Introduction to WebGL

Long gone are the days of simple text tickers and epileptic shock inducing blink tags.These days we see javascript as a fast growing multimedia oriented language, and the jump to 3D is now at the cutting edge of competing with your native desktop application with WebGL.

In collaboration with Montreal's very own demoparty, RECURSION, and it's hackerspace, Foulab, we are happy to present an introduction to the modern OpenGL 3D processing pipeline through OpenGL.

Building off certain image processing concepts presented in the OpenCV workshop, we will give you an introduction to the following concepts so that you may start programming your own 3D demoes.

We will go over a number of small things specific to basic demo making including: setting up the rendering pipeline, in addition to explaining its internals. Simple examples of procedural rendering. As well as an overview of how this can go on to be applied to OpenGL in general.

Time: Sunday, November 3rd, 1-5pm
Required materials: laptop, chrome

Please be advised that a working knowledge of basic linear algebra will be required, in addition to that of programming.



WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #3: ARDUINO LCD PANEL, CONTINUED (WED. OCT. 16)

By strawdog, on 2013-10-10 00:00



Gapzap recently scored some righteous looking lcd panels. It would be cool to include them as part of an Arduino workshop. Last work in progress night saw quite a bit of success, but there is still work to be done. If you have Arduino projects, drop on down.

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Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber brings a work in progress to the lab and works on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!



WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #2: ARDUINO LCD PANEL (WED. OCT. 9)

By strawdog, on 2013-10-03 00:00



Gapzap recently scored some righteous looking lcd panels. It would be cool to include them as part of an Arduino workshop. However, we first have to figure out how they work. Time permitting, may also work on a few other Arduino related items, e.g. bootloader flashing. If you have Arduino projects, drop on down.

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Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 18:30-22:00

On Work In Progress Night a foulaber brings a work in progress to the lab and works on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!








MONTREAL MODULAR MEETUP @ FOULAB OCT.18.2013 6pm-11pm

By strawdog, on 2013-09-30 00:00



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Work In Progress Night: Etch a sketch drawing machine. (Wed. Oct. 2)

By strawdog, on 2013-09-25 00:00



This is the first of what may become a series. On Work In Progress Night a foulaber will bring a work in progress to the lab and work on it for a few hours. Anyone interested can drop in to check it out and discuss the project, receive or give advice, or bring a similar project and work on it. There is no promise that anything will actually work, but it should be fun!!!


While the idea of putting a couple steppers on an etch a sketch to produce etch a sketch drawings seems straightforward, there are actually a number of tricky points. There is quite a bit of mechanical backlash in the sketch, meaning that the order in which you draw lines makes a lot of difference. The image processing required to generate a scene which can be drawn in a single line from a picture is also interesting.

Some previous work here http://strawprojects.blogspot.ca/2012/01/etch-sketch.html

Cost: Free, although pass-the-hat style donations to support the lab are encouraged.

Wednesday Oct. 2, 18:30-22:00



Announcing Foulab's 1st Junk Independence Day! (Sat, Oct. 5)

By strawdog, on 2013-09-13 00:00



Do you have any old electronic junk you want to get rid of? Do you like sorting through piles of old junk for cool stuff? Then you should come to Foulab's Junk Independence Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from noon to 5 PM. Drop off any and all electronics you don't want and/or take some cool stuff. You don't need to leave junk to take junk! Junk is free for all!

On Tuesday, October 8 at 4 PM, any leftover junk will be taken to the Ecocentre for recycling.

BuildSomething: A Hardware Hackathon

By legionlabs, on 2013-08-06 00:00



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It's a "hackathon" where you get to build something awesome in one day. Your project will get reviewed by a panel of judges and there will be prizes from sponsors in several categories.

There is no category limit as long as its a hardware build. You can come as a team or try to join a team on the day of the event. You can and should bring all necessary parts and extras which are prepared ahead of time but the project must be built on the day of the hackathon.

The following tools will be available for you to use (with assistance of a pro if necessary):
   3d Printers
   CNC Machine
   Soldering Station
   Oscilloscope, multimeters, microscope
True hackers will just come with a box of electro junk and build an awesome prototype during the day. More info at Build Something

When: Saturday August 10th, 2013 9:00 to 21:00+

Where: Suite 33B, 999 du Collège, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4C 2S3

Schedule:
9am - 10am Registration and Team Formation
10am - 7pm Hacking and Building
7pm - 9pm Presentations & Dinner
9pm - 11pm After Party


Workshop: Intermediate Electronics

By legionlabs, on 2013-07-19 00:00



This course covers 3 topics that are useful to people that design and troubleshoot their own electronic circuits:

Basic oscilloscope use: Seeing what's going on in your circuit.

Printed circuit board manufacture: How to rapid prototype single-sided boards easily and cheaply.

Surface-mount soldering: Making your designs smaller and neater.

This will be followed by a review of miscellaneous tips, techniques, and circuits.

This course does not require that you have any experience with electronics, however you will benefit more from the course if you have some basic knowledge.

Date: 2013-08-04 @ 13:00
Required materials: All materials will be provided
Required knowledge: Basic algebra
Cost: 25$ cash per person (15$ for lab members)
Duration: 3 hours. Discussion period of 1 additional hour.
RSVP if possible at info@foulab.org

Workshop: Basic Electronics

By legionlabs, on 2013-07-04 00:00



Are you looking for a good way to gain the basic knowledge necessary to build (and understand) simple electronic circuits? If so, this course is a nice place to start.

We will focus on practical knowledge including multimeter use, soldering, and reading circuit diagrams. The physical laws that govern electricity and passive electronic components will also be discussed. This is a hands-on course, so expect to get your hands dirty! This course will be in English, however questions in French are welcome.

Date: 2013-07-13 @ 14:00
Required materials: All materials will be provided
Required knowledge: Basic algebra
Cost: 25$ cash per person (10$ for lab members)
Duration: 3 hours. Discussion period of 1 additional hour.
RSVP if possible at info@foulab.org

TooolMtl October Meeting

By einstein, on 2012-10-04 18:53




Sunday, October 7 at 1pm is the monthly toool meeting! We will play with key impressioning, I expect it will be a lot of fun! We will provide one key blank per person for free and more will be available at cost.

Directions to foulab: http://foulab.org/en/wiki/Location_and_Directions

Tooolmtl September Meeting

By einstein, on 2012-08-27 16:44





The next meeting of tooolmtl will be on Sunday, September 9 @ 1pm, at Foulab. We will present an introduction to bypass tools, and we will have a friendly contest with a small prize from toool.us for the winner!


Prusa Mendel Build Party!

By einstein, on 2012-08-12 00:00



For almost a year now, we have had a 3D printer at Foulab. Only one at first, then many more popped out of the first one. Then friends and visitors immediately wanted to build their own. Today, Foulab and VoxelFactory are happy to announce that we will be holding a Build Party at Foulab on September 29th and 30th!

This will take the form of a two-day workshop where participants will build their own printers, then calibrate it and leave with a fully functional 3D printer and a working knowledge of how to build, modify and operate them. We have put together a kit just for the occasion with the best parts from all corners of the RepRap community. It's a Prusa Mendel Iteration 2, the best and possibly the most popular of all DIY 3D printers.

Check out the course planning: Overview of the two day class (en).pdf (also available in french: Survol du cours sur deux jours (fr).pdf)

If you are interested, the price is 999$ for the whole package: complete kit and the two-day class. RSVP to info@voxelfactory.com

And here's all the important details in one place:
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Workshops postponed

By fx, on 2012-04-28 06:09



Please be advised that the workshops scheduled for today and tomorrow have been postponed until May 12th and 13th.

Third tooolmtl meeting

By einstein, on 2012-03-31 00:00





The 3rd meeting will be held on Sunday, April 8th @ 1pm at Foulab.

How to get there: http://foulab.org/en/wiki/Location_and_Directions


Learn to Solder!

By fx, on 2012-03-29 00:00



Want to get more involved in electronics? Learn a new skill? Build a neat kit? Come to the learn-to-solder workshop at Foulab and do all of the above!

Pick your kit from one of three kits to assemble: The Drawdio, which makes music from pencil drawings, the TV-B-Gone, which can turn off almost any TV, or the Solder:Time LED watch.



Pick your kit when you reserve your ticket on EventBrite. Pre-registration on EventBrite is mandatory. Tickets are $50-$60 depending on the kit.

This workshop will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 2PM to 6PM.


EL your Bike!

By fx, on 2012-03-29 00:00



EL your bike! Or anything else.



EL (electroluminescent) wire is a long, thin strip of plastic coated wire that lights up when you apply high-voltage, low-current AC power. It can be cut to any length and sewn onto clothing, attached to your bicycle, or just about anything else you can think of.

Included in this workshop is a kit of a power supply, 5m of EL wire, and the accessories needed to hook it together.

Choose your preferred colour when you reserve your ticket on EventBrite. Pre-registration on EventBrite is mandatory. Tickets are $60.

This workshop will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012. It may be followed by a Spokes Folks ride.

Flashing Lights! Colors! (Pulse Width Modulation: A kit-building course)

By legionlabs, on 2012-03-17 00:00



Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is an efficient way to output analog(ish) voltages and currents using a digital source. A square wave of fixed frequency, but varying duty cycle (the "on" time) can produce a close approximation to an analog voltage/current, so long as this fixed frequency is high enough.

This technique is commonly used for controlling light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs controlled in this manner can usually be dimmed to 256 different brightness levels. A 3-color (RGB) LED can produce 16 million unique colors this way!

In this course, we will build a 24-channel PWM controller suitable for constructing some fairly complex LED light displays. It will be controlled via serial port at 250 kBaud, so it can be easily be controlled via laptop (with usb-to-serial adapter) or microcontroller.

We will go over the firmware of the PWM controller (written in AVR assembly), although no previous knowledge of assembly is necessary. Code examples for lighting control will be provided in Python and AVR assembly, although the protocol is trivial to implement in your programming language of choice.

This course assumes you have basic ability with at least one programming language, and that you can solder a through-hole component without setting youself on fire (or can learn to do so in a few minutes).

Cost: 45$ (kit included)

Date: 2012-03-31 at 18:00-21:00

NASA hackathon

By vladster, on 2012-03-16 00:00



April 21 to April 22 Foulab will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge hackathon. Work on space-related software, hardware and ideas at Foulab. Unleash your inner rocket scientist!
More info: http://spaceappschallenge.org/ and info@foulab.org
Event starts 11h00 April 21, ends 21h00 April 22

Second toool meeting! March 4th @ 1pm.

By einstein, on 2012-02-29 10:52



For those who have not heard yet, the second tooolmtl meeting will take place this weekend on March 4th, at 1pm at Foulab. We have received 20 set of Beginner' Blend Pick Kit from toool.us which we will sell for 25$ each.

Introduction to programming with the Arduino

By fx, on 2012-02-14 17:22



A two-day introductory workshop on basic programming principles and their use with the Arduino micro-controller. The Arduino is a small but powerful computing device that can be used to control lights, speakers, motors, sensors and other devices, and is commonly used in art installations and robotics. It is easy to program and requires no prior programming experience. If you are an artist, tinkerer or inventor who would like to learn how to use the Arduino in your own projects, this is the workshop for you.

The first day consists of an introduction to the basics of computer programming, for people who have no programming experience. Students will learn with hands-on examples on the Arduino.

The second day will delve into the specifics of the Arduino platform, and how to use its inputs and outputs to sense and control things in the real world.

If you already have an Arduino and some basic programming knowledge, but want to brush up on your Arduino skills, you can choose to attend only the second day.

Each day will be approximately four hours, from 1PM to 5PM.

Please bring a laptop if you have one.

Attendees must register at EventBrite.

GO! Going Open - Getting started with open source creativity tools.

By maxster, on 2012-01-29 17:42



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Ever get tired of trying to pirate software? Ever wish you could search and install software in a breeze? By having access to hundreds of programs at your fingertips, going open source can remove many walls between you and your creativity.

This intensive workshop will cover:
-Installing Ubuntu Studio
-Getting familiar with the linux
-Quick introductions to : JACK, OSC, PureData, Ardour, Inkscape, Gimp and more!

****UPDATE**
-This workshop is aimed at creative people who use computers, beginners welcomed! In other terms, that I disagree with, this workshop is "for artists".
-The workshop will be followed by the finissage of the Fauxlab exposition.Cost : 0-10$ donations to Foulab.
Saturday February 4th, 1300h at foulab, the real one, NOT fauxlab at eastern Bloc. RSVP to info@foulab.org

This workshop is offered in connection to the fauxlab expo at the Eastern Bloc gallery.

First monthly meeting of Toool Montreal

By einstein, on 2012-01-14 00:00





The first meeting of the Montreal chapter of Toool(The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers) will be held at Foulab on January 29th at 13:00. This first informal meeting will be an occasion to meet everybody interested in lockpicking here in Montreal. During the meeting we will also discuss the future activities of the chapter, and plan the next meeting. Do you have an old lock missing its key? Bring it at the meeting!

What is Toool? The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers is a group of lockpicking enthusiasts. This chapter will offer a way for its members to practice their skills, and learn new ones. Prior knowledge is not required, only a bit of interest!

- tooolmtl

Op-Amps for Everybody!: a Kit-Building Workshop and Introduction to Surface-Mount Soldering

By legionlabs, on 2011-12-19 00:00



Op-amps (operational amplifiers) are a wonderful piece of analog technology. The design, conceived in the days of vacuum tubes, was so useful that the basic idea is still used today in most pieces of consumer electronics. You have used an op-amp already today, so why not learn a little more about them, maybe build a cool toy?

This workshop consists of two sections, theory and kit-building, which can be attended separately if desired. The theory section will go over the history of op-amps, some basic design rules, and demonstrate/discuss some simple opamp circuits. It will last about an hour.

In the kit-building section, we will build a guitar pickup/seismograph. It is a simple op-amp circuit using surface-mount components, on a custom circuit board. Out of the box, it makes an excellent low-noise preamplified pickup suitable for many musical instruments. With minor design changes (which I will be prepared to make on the spot), it will work as a footstep detector, seismograph, throat microphone, and several other things I have not thought of yet. Also, this will serve as an introduction to surface mount soldering, which is much easier and faster than through-hole soldering (once you get used to it).

Cost:

Theory: 10$, 1 hour (free for lab members)
Practice: 40$, 2 hours, kit included
Both: 45$
Date: 2011-Dec-30, 17:00-18:00 Theory, 18:00-20:00 Practice

RSVP appreciated (it helps me prepare) but not required.

Additional kits will be available at the end of the workshop and for a few weeks afterwards for people unable to attend.

PDMTL#45

By maxster, on 2011-12-09 00:00



PDMTL at foulab

.----------.| pdmtl#45 |`-=--------´
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.-=-----------------------------------------------------------,| La quarante-cinquième rencontre du club d'utilisateurs de /| PureData de Montréal aura lieu le samedi 10 décembre 2011 (| de 13h00 à 17h00 au FouLab.`-=-----------------------------------------------------------`
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.-=-----------------------------------------------------------,| Le FouLab est situé au local 33B du /| 999, rue du Collège, dans l'arrondissement Sud-Ouest, (| à 5 minutes du métro Place-Saint-Henri (ligne orange).`-=-----------------------------------------------------------`
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.-=------------------,| Entrée gratuite ! (`-=------------------`
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.-=-------------.| à l'horaire : |`-=-------------´
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.-=---------------.| 1. Packet Party || par MaxD |`-=---------------´
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Packet Party est une patch développée pour intervention publique. PacketParty sonifie le trafic de réseaux informatiques, pour sensibiliser lepublic à propos des réseaux qu'ils utilisent régulièrement.
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.-=-------------------------=-.| 2. démos de patchs diverses || par Mathieu BOUCHARD |`-=------------=------------=-´
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 a) polar.pd : pixélisation en coordonnées polaires

 b) zède1.pd : inversion complexe des coordonnées de l'image

 c) koch_polygon*.pd : construction récursive de polygones

 d) gl-poly-demo-with-blend.pd : troupeau de triangles

 e) joyeux_noël.pd : joyeux noël !

(il s'agit d'une patch des exemples de GridFlow, une patch variante d'unepatch d'aide, et trois patchs inédites)
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.-=----------------------------------------------------.| 3. (?uvre sans titre) || par le collectif //termostat : || Stéphanie CASTONGUAY, Jenny ABOUAV, Romain BERGER |`-=----------------------------------------------------´
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L'?uvre consiste à capter les ondes présentes dans un espace et de« matérialiser » sous la forme d'image en mouvement l'aspect invisible deces flux permanents qui transitent dans les espaces publics. À savoir,capter le chemin et l'action que les gens parcourent/actionnent surinternet à travers leurs téléphones portables, leurs ordinateurs et de lematérialiser dans l'espace où ces informations transitent, ne font quepasser. À travers ce projet, la question de la proximité entre l'espacepublic et l'espace privé est primordiale.
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.-=-----------=------------=-----------=-.| 4. Cercle de patcheux et de patcheuses |`-=------------------------------------=-´
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Pour que tout le monde réponde aux questions de tout le monde, au sujet dutricotage de patchs, du gossage d'abstractions, du macramé de DSP, de labroderie linéaire récursive, et cætera et cætera...


PDMTL #44 @ Concordia EV6.809

By maxster, on 2011-10-06 13:04



PDMTL at foulab

NEW LOCATION****CONCORDIA EV6.809!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Montreal Pure Data user-group will be meeting at Concordia EV 6.809, Sunday the 16th of October at 13h. There will be a few presentations and disscussions. Details to come.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER VISION WITH OPEN CV, SATURDAY OCTOBER 29

By strawdog, on 2011-10-01 00:00



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Do you want to make your computer react to light, movement and gestures? Do you want to capture and process images and video as part of your project? Do you wonder: whats wrong with these lazy AI programmers, why cant my computer recognize me yet? Get answers to all these questions and more at the Foulab Workshop “Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV”!

The workshop is aimed at people with some programming knowledge, but not necessarily any computer vision knowledge. We will cover:

The primary programming language for the workshop will be Python. Some C++ will also be used.

This workshop has an important hands-on component - please bring a laptop and a webcam. When you preregister, you may want to let us know what type of computer and operating system you have.

The cost is 25$. The workshop is limited to 20 places - please preregister by sending an email to info@foulab.org. Please bring cash payment with you on the day of the workshop.


The workshop presentations will be in English, but we are more than happy to provide support and answer questions in French. While this workshop will be limited in scope to OpenCV itself, people are encouraged to stay after the workshop and discuss more advanced topics, such as the interfacing of openCV with other libraries and languages. If you have projects in mind or in progress, please do stick around and chat with us!



Op-Amps for Everybody!: A Kit-Building Workshop and Introduction to Surface Mount Soldering

By legionlabs, on 2011-09-29 00:00



Op-amps (operational amplifiers) are a wonderful piece of analog technology. The design, conceived in the days of vacuum tubes, was so useful that the basic idea is still used today in most pieces of consumer electronics. You have used an op-amp already today, so why not learn a little more about them, maybe build a cool toy?

This workshop consists of two sections, theory and kit-building, which can be attended separately if desired. The theory section will go over the history of op-amps, some basic design rules, and demonstrate/discuss some simple opamp circuits. It will last about an hour.

In the kit-building section, we will build a guitar pickup/seismograph. It is a simple op-amp circuit using surface-mount components, on a custom circuit board. Out of the box, it makes an excellent low-noise preamplified pickup suitable for many musical instruments. With minor design changes (which I will be prepared to make on the spot), it will work as a footstep detector, seismograph, throat microphone, and several other things I have not thought of yet. Also, this will serve as an introduction to surface mount soldering, which is much easier and faster than through-hole soldering (once you get used to it).

Cost:

Theory: 10$, 1 hour (free for lab members)
Kit-Building: 40$, 2 hours, kit included
Both: 45$

Date: 2011-Oct-08, 18:00-19:00 Theory, 19:00-21:00 Practice

Additional kits will be available at the end of the workshop and for a few weeks afterwards for people unable to attend.


Dwarf Fortress! Workshop

By legionlabs, on 2011-09-27 00:00



dfws

This workshop, to be held at Foulab, 999 Du College #33B on Sunday October 16th from 1-5pm is for people who have some basic, rudimentary experience with Dwarf Fortress.

None of us are experts and we're hoping that by bringing a bunch of people together, we can compare and contrast experiences and get better as a result.

Dwarf Fortress is a free and fun downloadable game which has been in constant evolution since 2002. It is a...n incredibly complex and immersive simulation in which you take a group of dwarves through the creation and evolution of an expansive fortress, replete with multiple subterenean levels, complex, interconnected industries, foreign powers you can trade with (and war against) and a myriad of complex machinery to keep a slew of mythical creatures at bay. Interestingly, all of this is conveyed via a strictly ASCII interface. We'll do this by looking at some online tutorials and then breaking up into small groups to discuss: 1. site selection, 2. embarkment, 3. rudimentary fortress creation and 4. things to bear in mind when expanding.

You should bring a laptop with the game installed.

This workshop is also connected to a class I'm doing in which I'm interested in looking at the extent to which Dwarf Fortress recreates the integrated complexity of what we can name as "the everyday". As such, for those interested in participating, we'll allocate some time at the end to have a brief discussion and fill out a small questionaire.

Participating in this will set you back a suggested $5-10 donation to go towards Foulab, montreal's hackerspace: www.foulab.org. Please RSVP at info@foulab.org

Presented by www.GeekMontreal.com



Basic Electronics, Again

By legionlabs, on 2011-09-19 01:11



Several people who missed the first course asked me if I could run it again. Why not?
Date: 1st of October, 2011 @ 18:00

Workshop: Basic Electronics

By legionlabs, on 2011-08-24 00:00



Are you looking for a good way to gain the basic knowledge necessary to build (and understand) simple electronic circuits? If so, this course is a nice place to start.

We will focus on practical knowledge including multimeter use, soldering, and reading circuit diagrams. The physical laws that govern electricity and passive electronic components will also be discussed. This is a hands-on course, so expect to get your hands dirty! This course will be in English, however questions in French are welcome.

Date: 2011-09-10 @ 18:00
Required materials: All materials will be provided
Required knowledge: Basic algebra
Cost: 25$ cash per person (10$ for lab members)
Duration: 3 hours. Discussion period of 1 additional hour.

RSVP if possible at info@foulab.org

Defending online privacy, anonymity, and freedom: a workshop with Jacob Appelbaum

By einstein, on 2011-07-03 00:00



Wednesday July 6, 2011, at 7:00pm
QPIRG-Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve West, suite 204

This workshop will cover issues of internet monitoring, filtering, and censorship, as well as practical tools such as Tor, encrypted communications, and secure operating systems, which can be used to counter these threats to our privacy and security. This will be a hands on workshop, so bring a laptop or other device if you want.

Jacob Appelbaum, also known as ioerror, is a core member of the Tor project, creating free software and a global network for the protection of online anonymity. As an advocate for the project, he explains to people around the world the importance of online anonymity for defending our real life freedoms. He focuses on how Tor and other tools can help social justice activists who are targeted by state repression. After speaking for Wikileaks in 2010, he has himself become a frequent target of American law enforcement and border security agencies.

This event is organized by Anarchist Tech Support, a working group of QPIRG-Concordia.

Wearable Electronics Workshop

By fx, on 2011-06-22 00:00



Foulab is pleased to announce our next workshop, Wearable Electronics for beginners!

Come learn all about building your own wearable creations, using your own garments and ideas.

The workshop is divided into two parts, an Introduction to Sewing in the morning and an Introduction to Wearable Electronics in the afternoon.

During the sewing workshop, you will learn about: Your basic supplies - Needles, thread, pins, measuring tape, fabrics and sewing machines. Basic techniques: Threading needles, tying knots, common stitches, measurements, and how to put things together. Mundane stuff that will give you the basics to do many different projects!

If we have time we will also cover basic garment making and modding.

After lunch, you will learn to apply these techniques to electric circuits that can be sewn into clothing. Bring your own clothes and ideas for how to make them flash! We will connect a blinking circuit to LEDs that you can sew into your garment. You'll leave with a turn signal jacket, a blinkenhat, or a blinkensac, or anything else you like.

The workshop will take place Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 AM, at the Foulab location (999 Du College, Suite 33B). Bring a dish to share! We'll have a potluck (with collectively purchased beer!) between the two halves of the workshop.

Registration via Eventbrite is mandatory for this event. Please register here:http://foulabwearable.eventbrite.com/

Anarchist key signing party

By fx, on 2011-06-07 00:00



Anarchist key signing party:Bring your public key, and bring your friends!

Wednesday, June 15th at 7pmAt Foulab, 999 du Collège, Suite 33B

One of the main design principles underlying the PGP email encryption system was that it is built on decentralized networks of trust for identity verification rather than placing that trust in hierarchies or centres of power, such as governments and corporations. As anarchists, this makes a lot of sense to us! In practice, a good way of doing this is having a gathering where we can talk to each other face-to-face and share public keys: a key signing party.

As the Anarchist Tech Support collective (ATS), we're holding an anarchist key signing party, which means it is open to all hackers, radicals, geeks, anti-authoritarians, makers, breakers, tinkerers, free-thinkers, and all of our comrades, allies, and friends. In other words, open to anyone who wants to come.

In addition to verifying public keys, we also want this party to be a chance for us to have public conversations about related topics such as state repression and security culture; common ground between hackers and anarchists; or the power relations that are built into our technologies, and the technologies that are being used to overthrow ruling powers. Because trust is about a lot more than identity verification!

If you aren't set up yet to do PGP email encryption or aren't sure how it works, we strongly encourage you to come! We'll be explaining how it works, helping with installation if you have a laptop, and helping create keys. See you there!

Anarchist Tech Support


PDMTL#42

By maxster, on 2011-05-04 00:00



Join us for a couple of presentations!
Plus!

Kinect + PureData

By maxster, on 2011-04-18 00:00



kinectpd

Curious about the new fancy input device? Want to hook it up to Pure Data?

This Wednesday (20/04/11 1900h) we will host an informal kinect/puredata workshop/jam. Bring your laptop/ideas and hook them up to a kinect. One free beverage if you bring one of the fancy input device!

Folks are also welcome to hang out and do non kinect related stuff, work on your current programming projects, mess with arduinos...



PDMTL #41

By maxster, on 2011-04-06 00:00



PDMTL at foulab
The Montreal Pure Data user-group will be meeting at Foulab, Saturday the 9th of April at 13h. There will be a few presentations and disscussions.

Monochrom's Kiki and Bubu: RATED R US - Screening at Foulab

By einstein, on 2011-03-29 00:00



Foulab will be the host of Canada's premiere of Kiki and Bubu: RATED R US. The event is on Thursday, April 7, 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Be there!

RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191842124187659

kiki and bubu rated r us


Our favorite sock puppets Kiki and Bubu have some feelings, so they sign up for an online dating site. When the People of China want to become their friend, they are excited. However, sending the People of China a video of themselves proves to be difficult: Their content gets flagged as inappropriate and taken down from YouTube. On the long quest for knowledge which follows, Kiki and Bubu learn all about Internet censorship. And love.

Join us for the Canada premiere of Kiki and Bubu's longest (50 minutes!) and most epic movie adventure! monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner will present the film and share some behind-the-scenes knowledge. Yada, yada!

http://www.monochrom.at/rated-r-us/
http://www.monochrom.at/kiki-and-bubu/


Derstrudel's Disco Robots - Workshop + Party

By maxster, on 2011-03-14 00:00



derstrudelsss
Ever wanted to get started in ANALOG ROBOTICS? Ever wanted to learn the circuit dance? To cool for the arduino? This is your chance. Les Laboratoires Foulab are proud to welcome, from Germany, DERSTRUDEL. Join us for an intensive afternoon workshop. In the evening come and see who will out-dance who.

The workshop will take place on Saturday March 26, and will start at 1100h sharp. It will be a busy day. Attendants should bring their favorite craft supplies they wish to integrate in their creations. Cardboard, fibers, solid wires, whatever your comfortable crafting with. The workshop cost is 50$. Register for the workshop at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1434266931, it is limited to 15 attendants.

The party, at 2000h is open to everyone, it will be kicked of with a special performance from our guest!

This event is sponsored by: Groupe de recherche sur les diagrammes actifs (DIAA) de l'École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l'UQAM.

Foulab @ Geekfest!

By fx, on 2011-03-02 00:00



Foulab is happy to announce that we will have a table exhibiting some of our projects at Geekfest Montreal, this weekend (March 5th and 6th)! We'll be there both days from 10AM to 5PM so please drop by and see us.

We will have a number of projects on display, including the Tweletype, the True Random Number Generator, a theremin, some retro computer systems, Foulab swag, and a few more surprises.

Foodhacking workshop: how to make mustard

By grapefruit , on 2011-02-15 00:00



Making mustard is easy, fun and mustard is really good for you! On saturday February 26th (12-2pm), you too can learn how to make it!

Many people like mustard but have no idea how easy it is to make. Pretty much the only thing you need is mustard seeds, salt and vinegar - everything else is to taste. You can make tons of different kinds of mustard - white, yellow, black, with different spices, with honey, etc...People also don't know this, but mustard has many health benefits from being a digestion booster to being a source of Omega 3s. The only tools that are needed to make mustard are some mixing bowls and food processors.

This workshop would last 2 hours and will 1. introduce people to the health benefits of mustard, 2. get people to make their own mustard by going off of a basic, adaptable recipe.

Participation is $5-10 sliding scale entry. Please bring: 1 a mason jar to bring home your mustard, 2. a plastic mixing bowl and a spoon.

PDMTL#40 @ Foulab 06/02/11 @ 1400-1800h

By grapefruit , on 2011-01-31 12:53



La quarantième rencontre du club d'utilisateurs de PureData de Montréal aura lieu le dimanche 6 février 2011 de 14h00 à 18h00 au FouLab. Plus!


Introduction to computer vision with Open CV, Saturday February 5

By grapefruit , on 2011-01-18 18:07



UPDATE: The workshop has been rescheduled from 3-7pm, on the same day, to accomodate those who wish to take part in the political demonstration downtown.

Do you want to make your computer react to light, movement and gestures? Do you want to capture and process images and video as part of your project? Do you wonder: whats wrong with these lazy AI programmers, why cant my computer recognize me yet? Get answers to all these questions and more at the Foulab Workshop “Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV”!

The workshop is aimed at people with some programming knowledge, but not necessarily any computer vision knowledge. We will cover:

- how to install and set up the Open Computer Vision toolkit,
- an introduction to computer vision algorithms,
- a couple interactive OpenCV demonstrations that you can use as a starting point for your own projects.

The primary programming language for the workshop will be Python. Some C++ will also be used.

This workshop has an important hands-on component - please bring a laptop and a webcam. We are planning to support windows and linux - if you would like to use a mac, please let us know well in advance.

Cost will be 25$

Time: Saturday, Feb 5, 1-5pm

The workshop presentations will be in English, but we are more than happy to provide support and answer questions in French. Preregistration is not mandatory, but it will help for planning purposes, printing hand outs, etc. Send a quick email to strawdog3@gmail.com

While this workshop will be limited in scope to OpenCV itself, people are encouraged to stay after the workshop and discuss more advanced topics, such as the interfacing of openCV with other libraries and languages. If you have projects in mind or in progress, please do stick around and chat with us!


Crafthacker at the geek-out: hack your winter coat!

By grapefruit , on 2011-01-18 17:56



Is your winter coat warm and functional but ugly or boring? Is it an old favourite that's falling apart? Do you have a light jacket you'd love to wear year-round but it's just not warm enough? If you answer !yes! to any of these questions, then you'll probably be interested in joining this week's crafthacker. Come on out to the Geek Out this Saturday to repair, repurpose, refurbish, embellish, decorate, modify and transform your winter coat into something kickass.

Where? Geek Montreal holds their monthly Geek Out at the downtown Burritoville, 2055 rue Bishop
When? 14h - 18h
What to bring? Ribbons, buttons, fabric, adornments and decorations that you or anyone else might like to use. A basic supply will be available on site, with a fabric store nearby. Sewing materials and machines will be available for use. If you have access to another sewing machine that you could bring and share for the afternoon, that would be so excellent.

The Montreal winter is long, so you might as well look and feel awesome outdoors ... in your own unique way. See you on Saturday!

Suggested donation: 5$

A Foulab-Geek Montreal co-presentation, crafthacker is a community event that facilitates skills sharing and dialogue about crafts in their social context. Each crafthacker is based around a theme, beginning with a presentation followed by a workshop and then a free-for-all craft session. There are two crafthackers each month, one at Foulab, the other at the Geek Out. Share your ideas and skills! Stay tuned here and at geekmontreal.com.


pdmtl meeting saturday january 15

By grapefruit , on 2011-01-11 22:54



PDMTL at foulab
PDMTL is Montreal Pure Data user group, they host monthly meetings featuring presentations by local patchers. This month Foulab will be hosting the meetup, on Saturday the 15th at 1400h. Come by to hang out with graphical programming enthusiasts and see some demos!


Python workshop this Sunday, January 16

By grapefruit , on 2011-01-11 19:38



This sunday, if you've ever wondered how your computer or other electronic device can do as its told, or wanted to automate something, come on down to Foulab, Montreal prominent hackerspace, for a laid back introduction to the magic of programming. The time shall be spent taking a calm and laid back approach to concepts common to most modern programming methods though the incredibly powerful, yet simple, language that is Python.

With practical examples, puzzles and just plain tomfoolery, this course's goal is to hopefully have you leaving with a better understanding of the things that are becoming a major linchpin of modern society, if not instilling an intuitive foundation in order pursue greater things!

So this sunday 16th come for a day of learning and discovery at Foulab.

Time? : 13:00 to 18:00 ( just drop in! ) Cost? : 25$

Material? : Bring your laptop no matter how powerful. Be it a Mac, PC, or Linux computer, Python runs on all of those! As well as a number of smartphones!


Upcoming workshops for January 2011

By grapefruit , on 2010-12-27 00:00



We have two workshops taking place on Saturday January 8.

Crafthacker - Wikileaks: Craft your own leak!

Saturday January 8, 2pm, at Foulab, presented by grapefruit

Why should you care that Wikileaks is under attack, and what are you going to do about it? At the first crafthacker (ever!) we will analyze and adorn Wikileaks by re-expressing its non-secrets in crafty and creative ways. Select from among myriad leaks and knit sew solder sculpt embroider crochet collage program or draw your favourites in whichever ways inspire you. This crafthacker will also be a venue for individuals and groups to brainstorm about the upcoming pro-free-information rally scheduled, tentatively, for Saturday January 29. Bring your favourite arts-and-crafts tools and any materials you want to share with the rest of us. We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand, including a large collection of leaks. Freedom of information is every one's concern. Teach, learn, plan, and make something crazy!

Crafthacker is a community event that facilitates skills sharing and dialogue about crafts in their social context. Each crafthacker is based around a theme, beginning with a presentation followed by a workshop and then a free-for-all craft session. There are two crafthackers each month, one at Foulab, the other at the Geek Out. Share your ideas and skills! Stay tuned here and at geekmontreal.com.

Suggested donation: 5$


Introduction to Assembly Language for AVR Microcontrollers

Saturaday January 8 at 6:30pm, presented by Legionlabs

Do you like the Arduino, but wish it were cheap enough to include in more projects? Are you new to the exciting world of microcontrollers, and would like to learn some basics on a tight budget? If so, this is a course for you! You will learn about different 8-bit AVR microcontrollers, their price, and how to order them. We will cover a basic review of assembly language suitable for beginners, as well as write a few programs. We will cover fuse bits, clock source selection, how to get your awesome programs onto the chips themselves, and other useful topics. We will also review a few programs I've written, and conclude with a roundtable of project ideas. You will be provided with a microcontroller or two to keep (a shiny ATMEGA16 at the very least), as well as the supporting electronics required to keep it running nicely. This is an entry-level course, no experience with electronics or programming is required. It is not necessary to bring a laptop, but if you do, you can start writing programs immediately and I will program your chip with them.

Cost: 25$


Wikileaks Support Action Review-Planning Session, Sunday Dec 19

By strawdog, on 2010-12-15 06:33



What are YOU doing about attempts to censor Wikileaks?

If you believe that our society needs to know the information that Wikileaks has been distributing and that more people need to mobilize and take steps to inform themselves on attempts to censor Wikileaks, please come out to talk about it.On Sunday December 19th from 1-4pm, come out to the Foulab hackerspace for an action review - planning session. Share what you're planning, brainstorm new actions and get connected to stuff that other people are in the process of lining up.


The Free Software Workshops are Back, Sunday, October 31

By ludost, on 2010-10-30 00:00



We are restarting the Free Software Workshops, aka APL -- Ateliers populaires du libre -- this last Sunday of October. Software installations, development, upgrade, discussions around free software - all will take place this Sunday.

This month, we will devote the workshop on informal discussion regarding the future of the workshops - the rebuilding of a new website, moving the mailing-list, plans and ideas for presentations and training. Join us for this brainstorming session and help us keep alive and improve the free software workshops.

As usual, the meeting place is at Foulab, on 999, du College, from 13h30 to 17h00. No need for inscription in advance. A voluntary 5$ contribution is welcome.


Foulab hosts its first Demo Show/Demo Party!

By fx, on 2010-10-11 00:00



Do you code, build electronics, or make computer art or music? Are you interested in overcoming formal constraints with your creativity? Then come to Foulab's Mini-DemoParty (co-organized by Metoikos, lead organizer of @party), a meetup for all interested in the demoscene.

Demos are realtime noninteractive audiovisual demonstrations made on a computing device. Many demoparty competitions include films, hardware hacks, and more! For more information check out the @party website.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 27th.

We will have one fast demo compo. All tools allowed. Hardware available onsite, including projector, will be noted soon.

Compo rules will be to follow the theme (announced at 10am on the 27th); as long as what you produce runs in realtime, any libraries are allowed. This information is subject to change.

If you need anything else, you should bring it. Site will open at 10:00 on the 27th, and close at 1am on the 28th. Deadline for fast compo entries will be 7pm. Demoshow will start at 19:00, compo entries will be shown at 21:00. Voting will start at 23:00. 40 people can attend during the day (until 7pm).

After 7pm the party is open to all! Sign up on eventwax to get access during the day.

The party itself will run from 7PM to approximately 1AM.

Upcoming workshops for October and November

By fx, on 2010-09-29 00:00



We have a couple of neat workshops coming up in the next two months.

Introduction to Electronics

Saturday, October 23rd at 6pm, presented by Legionlabs.

This course covers the basic physical laws that govern the behavior of passive electronic components. It will teach you how to use a multimeter and a breadboard, the most basic tools for prototyping and testing circuits. You will also learn how to read a circuit diagram, and solder using through-hole circuit boards and components. This course is intended to give you enough practical experience to manufacture simple electronic devices by following a circuit diagram, and enough theoretical experience to prepare you for more advanced workshops. There are no prerequisites other than the willingness to learn.

Cost: 20$ per person.

Duration: 3 hours

Arduino 2

aka "I got the LED blink, now what?"

Please note that the date for this workshop has been moved to November 13th.
Saturday, November 13th at 2pm, presented by fx.

This workshops builds on the previous Introduction to the Arduino workshop. Participants are not required to have attended the previous workshop, but should be familiar with Arduino basics such as digital and analog input and output, either through another course or through self-study.

Participants will learn how to connect other gadgets to the Arduino to expand its capabilities. We will connect additional IO ports, read input from sensors such as a temperature sensor, and put the whole thing together to create an electronic bar-graph thermometer. Some components included! (IO expander, etc.)

Bring your own Arduino. If you would like to purchase the new Arduino Uno from us, please send an email to info@foulab.org before October 15th! The Uno will cost an additional $40 on top of the workshop fee.

Cost: 30$ per person.

Duration: 3 hours.



Foulab end-of-summer party!

By fx, on 2010-09-03 00:00



Foulab Workshops & Party, 18 September 2010

Join us at Foulab for an end of summer gathering with workshops, a party and dry ice.

What's on the schedule?

Workshops, 14h00-17h00

Brewing: It's like Science, but for sober people! - by Sean
Description: Are you tired of the mass-produced swill that goes for beer these days? Do you yearn for the goodness of quality microbrewery ale, but cannot fit it in your budget? If so, then this is the course for you. We will cover the basics of brewing various alcohols, and discuss the relative merits and shortcomings of different methods (kits vs. raw materials only). We will describe the equipment required for brewing, as well as cover the principal steps that are common to most recipes. After the basics are covered, I will touch a few more advanced topics such as cost and time optimization strategies, different bottling techniques, and I may even reveal the coveted recipe for 'Discount Cider'... the cheapest, finest drink in town (mostly cheapest).

L'Atelier sera présenté en anglais, mais je suis bilingue et les questions en français sont bienvenues!

Entry fee: $20

Arduino Workshop – by Michel, Smurf and Max
Description: An introductory workshop on the use of the Ardurino micro-controller. The Arduino is a small but powerful computing device that can be used to control lights, speakers, motors, sensors and other devices, and is commonly used in art installations and robotics. It is easy to program and requires no prior programming experience. If you are an artist, tinkerer or inventor who would like to learn how to use the Arduino in your own projects, this is the workshop for you. Please bring a laptop and/or your Arduino if you have one. Computers will be available for those without one, and Arduinos will be for sale (while quantities last).

Entry fee: $20
Entry fee + arduino price: $50

Renoise Workshop + LSDJ Workshop – by XC3N
Description: Presentation of Renoise 2.6 followed by an introduction to LSDJ (Little Sound DJ).
You can bring your laptops & download the demo version of Renoise from http://www.renoise.com

Entry fee: FREE (voluntary contributions welcome)

Followed by a dry ice party & musical performances! (20h00+)

We will have a great evening of dry ice fun. Always wanted to play with some? Now is your chance. Anything from just a really cool drink to a dry ice rubens tube or maybe even a cold boot attack... So bring your mits, beakers and booze! Dry Ice Is Cool.
Arduino Code?


DIY Bleepy noises rescheduled

By fx, on 2010-08-15 21:40



We are happy to report that the DIY audio circuits workshop with Adam Brown has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 4th from 2PM to 5PM.

Participants will learn to build simple sound-generating circuits that make squeaks, beeps, buzzes, and chirps, and put them together into music. No prior experience with electronics is required. Everyone is welcome. The workshop cost is $20.

Ateliers du Libre, and DIY bleepy noises

By fx, on 2010-07-08 00:00



We have a couple events coming up at Foulab this month. First, on Sunday, July 11th, from 1PM to 5PM, we have Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre.

Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre (APL) or so called Free Software Workshops is a series of informal events organised around the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) topics, with open agenda and good will. This workshop, without specific topic, will focus on installations and configurations of GNU/Linux distributions and other types of applications, mutual help and exchange. Come and share any interesting free software discoveries with us!

There is no cost for the APLs but we will be collecting voluntary donations to support the continued operation of Foulab.

Please note that the audio workshop has been CANCELLED. Please watch this space for future announcements.

Second, we have an audio circuits workshop with Adam Brown on Saturday, July 24th from 2PM to 5PM. Participants will learn to build simple sound-generating circuits that make squeaks, beeps, buzzes, and chirps, and put them together into music. No prior experience with electronics is required.

The cost for the audio workshop is $20 per person.


Ateliers du Libre Mai 2 -"Open Street Maps"

By fx, on 2010-04-23 11:41



L’été s’en vient, et les belles journées de plein air aussi!

L’atelier du libre s’outardise: le printemps est bel et bien là!

Le prochain atelier sera consacré à une thématique / rencontre sur la cartographie, l’utilisation d’open street map en tant qu’utilisateur et en tant que contributeur. On parlera GPS, on parlera cartes à compléter. L’atelier essaiera donc de réunir toute sorte de gens : les porteurs du projet Open Street Map Montreal, des cyclistes, des geeks et des non-geeks, de tout ça tout mélangé.

Nous vous attendons avec impatience pour échanger conseils et expériences, le dimanche 2 mai de 13h à 17h.

Évidemment, les personnes ayant besoin de coups de main ou d’aide avec leurs ordis sont toujours accueillis et nous essaierons comme d’habitude de vous aider dans la limite de nos connaissances (évidemment). Dans ce cas précis, apportez vos ordis et CDs/clé d’installation.

—- Les ateliers ont lieu au Foulab, un espace de hackers qui nous offre leur hospitalité. Adresse : 999 du Collège, au deuxième étage, porte 35 Metro : Place Saint Henri. Téléphone: (514) 907-6787 ext. 0

ps: pensez à ramener un petit 5$ (non obligatoire), on veut cotiser pour le loyer du foulab. On passera le libre-chapeau à cette occasion. :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 2PM Introduction to Arduino

By fx, on 2010-04-06 18:19



An introductory workshop on the use of the Ardurino micro-controller. The Arduino is a small but powerful computing device that can be used to control lights, speakers, motors, sensors and other devices, and is commonly used in art installations and robotics. It is easy to program and requires no prior programming experience. If you are an artist, tinkerer or inventor who would like to learn how to use the Arduino in your own projects, this is the workshop for you.

Please bring a laptop and/or your Arduino if you have one. Computers will be available for those without one, and Arduinos will be for sale.

Entry fee: $20
Entry fee + arduino price: $50

March Workshops on Free and Open Source Software at Foulab

By fx, on 2010-03-25 00:00



Every last Sunday of the month at Foulab is reserved for the Free and Open Source Software Workshops, known as Les Ateliers du Libre (APL). The March workshop will be running next Sunday, 28 of March, from 13h00 to 17h00.

Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre (APL) or so called Free Software Workshops is a series of informal events organised around the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) topics, with open agenda and good will. This workshop, without specific topic, will focus on installations and configurations of GNU/Linux distributions and other types of applications, mutual help and exchange. Come and share any interesting free software discoveries with us!

Free Software hacker or just a user, you are all invited to participate in this open space. Bring a friend!

The adress of Foulab is Suite 35, 999 du Collège, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4C 2S3. Tel. (514) 907-6787, ext. 0.

For more information visit: http://ateliersdulibre.qc.ca/
Discover Foulab: http://www.foulab.org/

pps: On va commencer à faire passer un petit libre-chapeau pour participer au loyer du foulab, dans les 5$. Merci pour votre assistance.


Party, Fouday the 13th!*

By fx, on 2010-02-26 00:00



*note: Fouday the 13th of March is actually Saturday

As some of you may know we have relocated from Ultramount to Saint Henry last December. We are now well established in our new Hacker Space. Join us for an afternoon of Workshops and an evening of revelry.

The events kick off at 3 pm with the following workshops:



In the evening, starting at 8 pm, we have a night of music, lightning talks (with real lightning) and demos.

BYOCM/BYOM (Bring Your Own Club Mate/Mojito/Mix).

Free Software Workshops/Ateliers du Libre and LATEX Training

By fx, on 2010-02-24 00:00



The last Sunday of the month at Foulab is reserved for the Free Software Workshops, known as Les Ateliers du Libre (APL). This 28th of February, from 1pm to 5pm, we also host a presentation/training by Yannick Delbecque on LATEX – a document preparation system and a standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents.

In the meantime, there will always be time and place for Free Software and GNU/Linux installations, exchange and technical assistance for the ones who need help.

Professionals and amateurs, everyone is invited! Bring a friend :)

The workshop will be taking place at Foulab.

Address: Suite 33B, 999 du Collège, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4C 2S3.
Tel. (514) 907-6787, ext. 0

For more information visit the site of the Ateliers du libre:http://ateliersdulibre.qc.ca/

Foulab hosts Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre

By fx, on 2010-01-30 02:35



Foulab Hosts Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre

Les Ateliers Populaires du Libre (APL) or so called Free SoftwareWorkshops is a series of informal events organised around the Free andOpen Source Software (FOSS) topics, with open agenda and good will.

On Sunday, January 31st, 2010 will be the first APL for the year. Thisworkshop, without specific topic this time, will focus on installationsand configurations of GNU/Linux distributions and other types ofapplications, mutual help and exchange. Come and share any interestingfree software discoveries with us.

Free Software hacker or just a user, beginner or expert, you are allinvited to participate in solidarity in this open space. Bring afriend :)

For more information about APL, please see http://ateliersdulibre.qc.ca/

Foulab Moved

By einstein, on 2009-11-23 12:58



Foulab has moved from its first home on Bates street to a bigger, better place only 2 minutes away from metro Place St-Henri. The new address is 999 du Collège, on the second floor, room 35. We are still settling in but you can expect a housewarming party soon!


August 2009 Workshops

By fx, on 2009-07-28 00:00



The following workshops will occur in August as part of Foulab's ongoing Thursday night workshop and presentation series. Everybody is welcome to attend, please register at workshops at foulab.org.

Arduino Jam

Thursday, August 13th

Cost: $15.00 suggested donation

An introductory workshop on the use of the Ardurino micro-controller for robotics development followed by an improvisational arduino jam. Please try to bring your own laptop (and Arduino if you have one!).

Basic Principles of Refrigeration

Thursday, August 20th

Cost: $15.00 suggested donation

An overview of the basic principles of refrigeration and the technology. Looking for the 411 on your AC? This is indisputably the coolest workshop we'll be doing all Summer.

Safe and Effective Operation of Power Tools

Thursday, August 27th

Cost: $15.00 suggested donation

The does and don'ts of power tool operation. Become intimately familiar with Foulab's substantial power tool arsenal. Discover once and for all why wearing eye protection and obeying safety protocols is a damned good idea.

July 2009 Workshops

By cleverdick, on 2009-06-23 19:48



The following workshops will occur in July as part of Foulabs ongoing Thursday night workshop and presentation series. Everybody is welcome to attend, please register at workshops at foulab.org.

Serial/Parallel Domination!! (Controlling Things With Serial and Parallel Ports)
July 2nd, 7pm
Suggested price: $15.00
Learn how to connect devices like dumb terminals, switches, LEDs, buttons, and other sensors using your computer's serial, parallel or joystick ports.Bring some weird old gear to connect, or use the provided switches, LEDs and other gadgets included in the workshop fee.

Arduino Jam
July 9th, 7pm
Suggested price: $15.00
An introduction to the Ardurino AVR platform development environment followed by an improvisational arduino jam. Please try to bring your own laptop (and Arduino if you have one!).

Exploring and Subverting Physical Security
July 16th, 7pm
Suggested price: $15.00
Learn the ins and outs of locksporting including a tools overview, demonstrations and hands on tutorials.

Linux Config Basics
July 23rd, 7pm
Suggested price: $15.00
This workshop will cover techniques fundamental to command-line Linux configuration. Topics to be explored include terminal commands, package management, and configuration files. Participants are encouraged to bring Linux laptops and specific configuration issues they wish to resolve.

Valkyrie needs food... Badly! A group discussion on ethical dilemmas and video-gaming
July 30th, 7pm
Admission by donation
Is there karmic virtue to the actions you take in a virtual (video game) environment? Does the good-vs-evil concept necessarily need to occur in real life for it to have real meaning? This group discussion will consider these question - both from the single-mindedness epic focus of traditional video games (Gauntlet, Double Dragon, Might & Magic) as well as more modern and/or nuanced gaming environment where moral choices and gray ethical areas are presented to the player (Ultima, Fallout, Baldur's Gate). We will also consider our sometimes nuanced, often ambiguous relationship to ethics.

Awesome Party

By guinness, on 2009-06-16 00:00



The Foulabers want to thank everyone who came out Saturday. It was a blast and we'll do it again before the end of the summer. In the meantime, we are doing workshops every Thursday night so come visit us.

Foulab DIY Party II - Workshop Details

By cleverdick, on 2009-06-02 21:32



The following workshops will begin at 2pm on June 13th, prior to the DIY party itself which will begin at 7pm (click on a title for details):





To make sure we have seats for everybody please send an email to workshops at foulab.org with your name and the name of the workshop you would like to attend to.

Please note that the first two workshops will be given from 2pm to 4:30pm, and the other two workshops from 4:30pm to 7pm.


Upcoming Workshops

By cleverdick, on 2009-06-02 20:59



The following workshops will occur in June as part of Foulabs ongoing Thursday night workshop and presentation series. Everybody is welcome to attend, please register at workshops at foulab.org.

Pico Cricket Jam
Thursday, June 18th - 7pm
Cost: $15.00 suggested donation
Plug and play robotics with the Pico Cricket brick system. A few bucks of bricks equals a whole whack of robotic fun. Join in as we take an innocent children's toy and subvert it towards all sorts of nefarious ends.

DIY Screenprinting
Thursday, June 25th - 7pm
Cost: $15.00 suggested donation
The basics of DIY screen printing. Learn how to take a digital image and transfer it from a computer to a t-shirt via photographic emulsion and old skool screen printing. Bring t-shirts and other articles of clothing to imprint with the Foulab logo.

Repurpose: A Documentary Featuring Foulab

By EiNSTeiN_, on 2009-05-24 00:00



A documentary featuring Foulab and partly filmed at Foulab itself was recently released. It's available on YouTube and has already been featured on the makezine blog and the Create Digital Music website. Thanks to Jack Oatmon who made this awesome video about us and what we do.



Foulab DIY Party II, June 13th

By cleverdick, on 2009-05-19 00:00



On the 13th of June Foulab will be holding a DIY Party at its 183 Chemin Bates location. From 2pm until 7pm workshops and presentations will be held. From 7pm until 12am chaos will ensue. Spread the word. More details to follow by June 2nd, including workshop and presentation schedules. Bring your own BEvERages.


Foulab is looking to move

By EiNSTeiN_, on 2009-04-14 00:00



Foulab is looking to move to a new place, as our current location is a bit far away from the civilized world. If you know someone looking to rent a 1000sqft to 2000sqft, contact us at info at foulab.org.


Pico Cricket Jam @ foulab

By maxter, on 2009-03-04 00:00



Pico Cricket Plus Foulab

What: a bunch of grown-ups playing with kid's micro-controller systems.

When: Saturday March 7th at 13h

Where: Laboratoires Foulab, 183 Bates Suite 302

Pico Crickets micro-controller kits are aimed at young kids, but what happens when you let a bunch of older geeks play with them?

Whether you like to make noisy things, smart things or things that move, pico crickets will do it. Come and take part in this jam session. Chad from playfull inventions is comming over to the lab with a bunch of kits. You should bring: a computer, lego pieces and beverages.

For more info on the kits: http://picocricket.com/whatisit


Foulab DIY party: 7 February @ 7pm

By foulab, on 2009-02-04 00:00



Only a few days left before the party. The Foulab party will be a place to experiment and exchange ideas. So bring your ideas, projects, beer and laptop to the party!

Here's a non exhaustive list of activities that will occur on the Saturday 7th of Febuary, starting 19h, in no particular order













Foulab Party, 7th of February

By foulab, on 2009-01-17 00:00



Foulab is the place to explore new technologies and share knowledge and ideas. Operating as a non-profit organization out of an industrial workspace in Outremont, we are outfitted with computer labs, servers, fabrication equipment and an exceptionally funky lounge.

On Saturday, February 7th, Foulab will officially open its doors to the public with a grand opening fundraising party featuring circuitbending, live music, DIY electronics, lightning talks and mad science. Located at Suite 302, 183 Chemin Bates, doors open for Foulab's opening night extravaganza at 7pm. Suggested donation at the door is $5.00 (BYOB).

We are on the look out for persons to participate in the grand opening by presenting technical activities, artistic displays or lightning talks (5-10 minutes in length) on related topics. Interested parties should contact Foulab directly via email at info@foulab.org.


The Foulab Open House

By xSmurf, on 2008-11-26 00:00



Here's some footage of the event by Maxster after the break.




Foulab Openhouse Thursday November 20th

By Andrew, on 2008-11-16 00:00



Foulab will hold its first openhouse event this Thursday, November 20th from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome at Suite 302, 183 Chemin Bates where a public presentation will be given about Foulab, its current facilities and its plans for the future.



Foulab Unleashed

By Andrew, on 2008-11-15 00:00



Asterix Bar Camp

After months careful planning, Foulab is pleased to announce that it has found a home. Located at Suite 302, 183 Chemin Bates in the North end of Outremont, the new location is walking distance from the Plateau, Metros Outremont and L'Acadie as well as Canora train station. With over 1600 squarefeet of open space Foulab now has enough room to bring its plans to fruition.