Upgrades to RepRap?

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.13 at 4:23 am | Perma

So Zach Hoeken, one of the brains behind thingiverse.com has been at work recently on creating a simpler design for the RepRap extruder.

New RepRap Extruder Design

The designs for this new piece of hardware are up at thingiverse.com.

And for more pictures check out his flickr.

For more projects like this and other cool things check out NYC Resistor.


Oldie But A Goody!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.13 at 3:58 am | Perma

So, I know people over the years have posted plans on how to make a card reader for basically nothing. Which is really cool, and still is, but sometimes you just want to play around with other hardware to get familiar with it. So I found a very recent project done by the crew HackMiami documenting how to read 2 track Magstripe cards. (in a very sleek and sexy package I might add!) Even if it is on a breadboard))

Arduino Magstripe Reader

In this project they show how you can use a Arduino coupled with a LCD and a magstripe reader to easily output the contents of your card. They even include the code and pretty easy to follow diagrams. How cool is that!

Parts Code Diagrams


Redux:WiiBrinth AKA: LabyWiinth

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.13 at 2:53 am | Perma

So our awesome friends with the seeekrit layer finally updated their video blog and released a much better view of the LabyWiinth board.


Consumer B Gone!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.12 at 6:58 pm | Perma

/tmp/lab has an interesting philosophy about how a space is a temporal location in time and space with the moving forth of projects therein.

How appropriate that this particular project the Consumber B Gone which temporarily stops consumers in their tracks with just the signal generated from a cell phone.

They’ve even posted the audio file to lock the wheel.

And the audio file to unlock the wheel.


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Microcontroller Mondays

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.12 at 8:25 am | Perma
Photo by Nicholas Zambetti

Photo by Nicholas Zambetti

Our friends over at HacDC are at it again with flaunting themselves for the public good. They are hosting their public Microcontroller Mondays, open to the public to anyone who can make it. The first day of the new sessions starts today at 6:30 till 12am on the 12th and each monday until Marche 30th.

What can you expect from such a meetup? Well let me tell you!

*What are microcrontollers.

*What they can do for you and your projects.

*How to code for them. and realize you don’t need much more than cheap readily available hobby kits.

*Plus much much more!

Even if your a seasoned hardware head in using microcontrollers it definitely doesn’t hurt to stop and check it out even if you haven’t been there before. Plus you could inspre a few new people!

Photo by tcbitdennet

Photo by tcbitdennet



Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.10 at 5:53 pm | Perma

Not to out do themselves any day of the week, but more than likely to just cement in everyones minds how kickass their Underground Lab will be once it’s up and running. CCCKC has done a project near and dear to my heart that includes David Bowie, The WiiFit (not totally near and dear), and a labyrinth (not this labyrinth). ;)

Here’s a sneak peak at their current incarnation.

More details to follow.


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We Can Be Happy Underground!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.09 at 4:50 am | Perma

We had some forward intelligence as to the devious nature of our friends at the CCCKC in Kansas City, but not so much that they would take it to James Bond villain status!

Kansas City Limestone Quarry by lapettit

Apparently they had some great news and posted it to their site. I won’t steal their thunder too much but just to say, that they have a underground lair now!



25C3′s competition wrap-up

astera | Posted 2009.01.08 at 4:25 pm | Perma

As you might know (or have read already), we also held a little competition at this year’s Chaos Communication Congress on the base of and in great anticipation to The Hackerspaces Battle, consisting of a speed soldering and a speed coding challenge (unfortunately, we didn’t get the freaking proprietary Xbox Dance Dance Revolution device get to work with our shiny UNIX machines…).

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I know I’m pretty late with posting the results of the competition, but… well, in fact, I cannot even do that =(
Unfortunately, one of my bags disappeared mystically on the last night of 25C3, and with it not only a bunch of cables and T-shirts (if by any chance you come across any of these, please let me know!) but also a bunch of paperwork – including my list of participants in the coding challenge…

They love Astera by bicyclemark

Therefore, at this point I can only provide you with the times we took
at the speed soldering competition:

Group 1:
11:42 Ole
13:00 Ash
15:38 Paul
18:34 Joe
22:24 Alex
24:33 Risktaker
34:10 Dmytri
36:48 Natano

Group 2:
11:11 Marius
12:12 Andi
14:14 Zach
16:32 Rainer
16:51 Eric
17:27 Audrey
46:00 George

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However, there is ONE thing I can remember for sure, thinking of the following day’s speed coding competition – that being an epic accomplishment by a boy called Matvey (if I recall correctly):
This young coder did not only finish the task (Euler problem no. 12) within less than 20 minutes, but also put together a beautiful little piece of programming art.

Now if you got hooked on our coding challenge, why not consider to join TECC, The Euler Coding Collective?
We love Euler problems – and solving them in all different languages. ^^

25c3 by yarnivore

Again, special thanks to Mitch Altman for hosting our solderers,
and thanks everyone for taking part in the challenge!
You people rock.

Yours truly,

PS: And if ever I get my stuff back, I’ll update this post of course =)

All pictures by bicyclemark and yarnivore, under CC by-nc-sa.

Upcoming: hackerspaces call-in from DC, 05|02|09

astera | Posted 2009.01.08 at 1:28 am | Perma


Dear hackers,

we’ll have a small dinner party organized the night before ShmooCon starts – on Feb. 05th, 2009 that is.
Everyone coming to ShmooCon or being around Washington DC that evening and interested in hackerspaces should join in!

Also, we’ll hold the next call-in from there (as we did from c-base – just a little more on time ;)
so please RSVP via over9000 (at) hackerspaces.org, let me know what you think, and if you’ll be able to make it!


PS: If you want to suggest a new topic for this blog or leave us some feedback, see the Suggestion Box – or mail us via blog (at) hackerspaces.org

A Brave New World

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.08 at 12:27 am | Perma

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bcc by night. by Bozinsky

We look unto the world today in many lenses. Some rose colored, some
tinted sepia, others… quite gray.

The reason I bring this up is that I recently attended the annual Chaos Communication Congress also known this year as 25C3. Here you’ll find a large presence of people holding those lenses in their sharp minds as they go through the gamut of topics such as new attack vectors in Cisco IOS routers, how to create your own rogue Certificate Authority, utilizing arduinos in interesting ways, and of course, quadrocopters.

The topic I’d like to cover here though this year is the representation of hackerspaces.org. At this conference we ran the equivalent of a workshop/embassy that would discuss the ins and outs of a hackerspace what you should expect in costs/equipment/membership role and oh so much more.
There were several events that took place including speed soldering, speed coding, and hackerspace build out workshops. Each covering the basic elements of a hackerspace in a very fun and entertaining way.


A very special note: during the event, over 10 hackerspaces posted an entry in the hackerspaces.org site, and said “Hello World” to the rest of us, showing an interesting increase during the actual hackerspaces panel talk.


With all these wonderful little pieces coming together in a big way at 25C3 I’m happy to say I’m looking through the rose tinted glasses with the wonderful year we had, and can’t wait for HAR2009 where we are planning on having a hackerspace village.

If you missed any of the talks or more specifically to the point the hackerspace panel; I’ve included the links below.

After the jump you’ll find the complete audio/video recordings of the
congress in a few formats…

Conference Recordings

and specifically, the hackerspaces panel:

Hackerspaces Panel