LED Signboard on the Wiki

January 31st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pete put his code and design for his LED signboard up on TC Makers wiki.

You can find the project here.

Bare Bones Arduino and A set of GE Color Effects lights (36 count)

Right now the code is all in C, and Pete is looking for some help if your interested he brought it to last Wednesday’s Hack night and might bring it this week.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis 4 Roundup

January 31st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Handmade Music 4 was a success about 30 or so people made their way to the event, that was pretty neat and overall it was a good time.

Pictures and a short review are over at TCMaker’s Handmade Music: Minneapolis Blog.

Hmmm5 is scheduled for sometime in February, a post announcing it will come in the future.

Roundabout Dog Challenge

January 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Roundabout Dog = Homemade Dog Sculpture + Roundabout

Deadline: February 23rd

Prize: A picture of your roundabout dog framed and displayed in the basement of Minneapolis’ Hackerspace the Hack Factory, bragging rights.

How to Enter: Anyone can enter, kudos if your from another Hackerspace. Send a picture of your roundabout dog, the gps coordinates (Lat,Long), your name, and anything else you would like to say to bigroundaboutdog@gmail.com

How to Win: A winner will be chosen on February 23rd based on Random.org’s decidedly geeky atmospheric noise random number generator. The more dogs you enter, the better chance you have to win.

For those of you in the Minneapolis area, a few brave souls, myself included will be at TCmaker’s weekly Wednesday hack meting on February 2nd, and we will be putting together some roundabout dogs. The meetings are informal and open to the public and usually start around 7pm or so.

The Hack Factory likes roundabout dogs.

Jan. 26th Wednesday Roundup

January 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

A few shots from Jan. 26th’s open meeting at the Hack Factory, lots of interesting things going on, a few things of note.

Two bows (the bow and arrow type) were being built, a successful foray into C turned some addressable Led lights into an array that spoke of “Hey Jude”, a new permutation of the arduino The Arduino Stripper saw the light of day and half a dozen or so were sold for 10 bucks a piece. The makerbot got introduced to Hunter S. Thompson’s double thumb.

The Hack Fac got introduced to Make’s new streaming show, Make: Live. Wayne started to try un-hacking the garage remote control that stopped working after the first attempt. Mike had his gloves on cleaning the gears of a piece of our equipment that has seen better days. Paul lost to Mat several times at Go.

It was a great night, a lot of other stuff was happening that I didn’t get a chance to take photos of. It was great seeing everyone. See you guys at this weekend’s Handmade Music: Minneapolis Hmmm4

Short video of a work in progress at the Hack Factory. These LED are addressable.

The message kind of says “Hello Jude!”

Pecha Kucha 20×20 Presentations at BLB

January 23rd, 2011 by videoman

Get ready for the next Pecha Kucha #6, and this one is perfect for all us Makers, as the topic is “Handmade”.  I suggest any and all folks submit a talk, I would love to see other folks from the Hack Factory presenting!  It’s about 6 minutes, or 20 slides advanced every 20 seconds.


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