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Helios Makerspace

By Danukeru, on 2013-12-30 00:00:00 -0500 EST



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

By strawdog, on 2013-11-29 08:00:00 -0500 EST





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.

By strawdog, on 2013-11-21 00:00:00 -0500 EST





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

By strawdog, on 2013-11-08 00:00:00 -0500 EST



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



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

By strawdog, on 2013-10-31 00:00:00 -0500 -0500



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.



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

By strawdog, on 2013-10-18 00:00:00 -0400 EDT



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!!!


GNU/Linux install fest and Puppet tutorial

By strawdog, on 2013-10-15 00:00:00 -0400 EDT



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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