foulab.org - Foulab News http://foulab.org/en/rss/Foulab_News Foulab is Montreal's Hackerspace, and this is foulab's RSS feed. Sat, 29 March 2014 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/ en daily 1 Meeting of Réseau libre (3 avril 2014) strawdog
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Sat, 29 March 2014 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2014/03/29/reseaulibre d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Montreal Modular Meetup (March 16, 2014) strawdog  mmm.jpg]]> Fri, 14 March 2014 20:46:23 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2014/03/14/mmmmarch16 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Montreal Mini Maker Faire will be held June 7-8 2014 strawdog  mmmf.pngIt's coming. Montreal Mini Maker Faire will be held Jun 7-8, 2014. We will see you there!]]> Fri, 28 February 2014 00:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2014/02/28/mmmf2014 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV (Sun. Feb. 9) strawdog robot.jpg

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:

  • How to install and set up the Open Computer Vision toolkit (OpenCV),
  • An introduction to computer vision algorithms (including image filtering, face detection, segmentation, tracking and stereo vision),
  • Code walkthrough and demonstration of OpenCV examples that you can use as starting points for your own projects.

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!

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Sat, 25 January 2014 00:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2014/01/25/OpenCV2014A d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Helios Makerspace Danukeru here]]> Wed, 22 January 2014 00:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/11/21/WIP7/2014/01/22/Helios_Makerspace d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Work In Progress Night: Arduino miscellany (Wed. Dec. 4) strawdog  arduinage.jpg

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!!!

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Fri, 29 November 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/11/29/WIP8 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Work In Progress Night: Etch a sketch drawing machine. The sequel. (Wed. Nov. 27) strawdog  etch.jpg

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!!!

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Thu, 21 November 2013 00:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/11/21/WIP7 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #6: Mindwave Mobile (WED. NOV. 13) strawdog 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!!!

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Fri, 8 November 2013 00:00:00 -0500 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/11/08/WIP6 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #5: HIGH VOLTAGE (WED. NOV. 6) strawdog 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!!!

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Thu, 31 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/31/WIP5 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #4: VISION THING (WED. OCT. 23) strawdog 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!!!

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Fri, 18 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/18/WIP4 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
POSTPONED: GNU/Linux install fest and Intermediate/Advanced Puppet tutorial (OCT 26-27) strawdog POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF SIGNUPS

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

- to enjoy all level of linux heaven -

  • BYOL- (bring your own laptop)
  • Entry fee: Donation based: James offers his time and Foulab the space - you give what you think is right ;-)


Sign up here!


Day 1: GNU/Linux install fest and beginner tutorial

  • "Late Morning" -10:00:
    • Installfest: Bring your own machine. Install GNU/Linux on your machine.

  • Afternoon-ish: 15:00 GNU/Linux intro-intermediate tutorial.
    • Intro: (1-1.5 hours max)
    • Intermediate: (1-2 hours depending on skill level and interest)


Day 2: Intermediate/Advanced Puppet tutorial

  • "Later Morning" 11:00 (we're sysadmins, right)
  • Sysadmin/Devops/Puppet: Bring your own machine, or bring your machine back.


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.

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Tue, 15 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/15/IRPLInux d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
POSTPONED: Foulab Double Header: Introduction to computer vision with OpenCV / Introduction to WebGL strawdog 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:

  • 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. 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.

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Thu, 10 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/10/DoubleHeader d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #3: ARDUINO LCD PANEL, CONTINUED (WED. OCT. 16) strawdog 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!!!

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Thu, 10 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/10/WIP3 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT #2: ARDUINO LCD PANEL (WED. OCT. 9) strawdog 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!!!






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Thu, 3 October 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/10/03/WiP2 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
MONTREAL MODULAR MEETUP @ FOULAB OCT.18.2013 6pm-11pm strawdog mmm_small_revised.jpg]]> Mon, 30 September 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/09/30/MMM d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Work In Progress Night: Etch a sketch drawing machine. (Wed. Oct. 2) strawdog 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

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Wed, 25 September 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/09/25/WIP1 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Announcing Foulab's 1st Junk Independence Day! (Sat, Oct. 5) strawdog 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.]]> Fri, 13 September 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/09/13/JunkIndependence d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e BuildSomething: A Hardware Hackathon legionlabs
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
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Tue, 6 August 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/08/06/Buildsomething d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Workshop: Intermediate Electronics legionlabs
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.
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Fri, 19 July 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/07/19/Intermediate_Electronics d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Workshop: Basic Electronics legionlabs
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.
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Thu, 4 July 2013 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2013/07/04/workshop04 d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
TooolMtl October Meeting einstein
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.

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Thu, 4 October 2012 18:53:16 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2012/10/04/TooolMtl_October_Meeting d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Tooolmtl September Meeting einstein

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!
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Mon, 27 August 2012 16:44:25 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2012/08/27/Tooolmtl_September_Meeting d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Prusa Mendel Build Party! einstein 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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Sun, 12 August 2012 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2012/08/12/RepRap_Prusa_Mendel_Build_Party d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e
Workshops postponed fx Sat, 28 April 2012 06:09:59 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2012/04/28/Workshops_postponed d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e Third tooolmtl meeting einstein

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
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Sat, 31 March 2012 00:00:00 -0400 http://foulab.org/en/news/Foulab_News/2012/03/31/third_tooolmtl_meeting d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e