Monday, 28 July 2014

Jam & Art

It's been a busy time for members of the Surrey & Hampshire Hackspace.

Horsham Raspberry Jam - Just over a week ago a number of our members went along to the first Horsham Raspberry Jam. It was a really great event which you can read about in a G+ post by Winkle Ink.

A Raspberry Pi Controlled Robot Arm with a laser pointer and webcam mounted on the end.  Created by Emsity. The Award Winning Pi 'n' Mighty Robot barcode scanner and recycling advisor. The Surrey and Sussex Acorn User Group display.

The event was well attended, with a number of people showing off their shiny new Raspberry Pi Model B+ and putting them to use. Projects being demonstrated included controlling Scalectrix and Robot Arms, running RiscOS on the Raspberry Pi, using the Raspberry Pi to produce green screen effects, and a barcode scanning robot figure called "Pi 'n' Mighty" who could tell you how to recycle food packaging!

The Giant Electronic Art Show - As previously mentioned we're displaying some of our members work in the Lightbox in Woking in their playful exhibition The Giant Electronic Art Show. On Friday evening a few of our members were at a special event held by the Lightbox to promote the exhibition and to mark the opening of another exhibition 'Glamour on the Go. Compacts - The Story of Make-Up'.

The Giant Electronic Art Show sign Duncan's ultrasound controlled Nautilus Gears the Big Bottle Organ by artist Dan Knight

The Giant Electronic Art Show contains a number of mostly interactive exhibits. These include the 'Big Bottle Organ' by Dan Knight (pictured above), 'The Noisy Table' a reactive multimedia table tennis table by Will Nash and engineer Jason Hotchkiss, and 'Ring Dem Bells' which was conceived by the late Hugh Davies and rebuilt by Eye Music Trust sound engineer, Matt Saunders.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Upcoming Event: Horsham Raspberry Jam - Sunday 20th July

If the lack of out regular Thursday hackspace session has left you feeling unfulfilled, then you might be interested in the Horsham Raspberry Jam this Sunday.

It's a free event concentrating on the Raspberry Pi, including drop in workshops for people wanting to program in Scratch and a variety of enthusiasts (including SHH members) showing off their Raspberry Pi based projects.


Sorry for the late blog post about this, but there's a break to the normal Thursday evening sessions this week. Normal service resumes next week.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Giant Digital Art Show is now open!

Over the last couple of months members of the Hackspace have been working on a number projects for the Giant Digital Art Show.

The free exhibition at the Lightbox in Woking opened today and runs until the second of November.

I'll post a some more details in a bit, but do drop by and enjoy the interactive experience if you're in the area!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Cylons & TARDIS

For a recent HackSpace I was working on the revised design of my TARDIS birthday card. The original version used conductive paint however that give spotty performance so this time I just soldered the components together with wires. When you hold down the button the blue led that's the TARDIS light flashes.
I also continued work on my Cylon circuit having got it to work on a bread board the previous week. The aim of this is to have a 70s style Battlestar Galacita Cylon Centurion helmet painted on a t-shirt, with the eye scanning left and right comprised of 11 red LEDs. I began soldering onto it the stripboard having worked out the intended layout.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Photos from a recent Thursday Hack Session

Here are some pictures from a recent Thursday Hack Session.
Everything from making Fleece/Yard to 3D Printers, testing stepper motors and some serious grinding of  parts to make them just right.

The Surrey & Hampshire Hackspace meet each Thursday evening from about 7:00pm to work on projects and to chat about whatever interests us on the night.

It's a great place to spend a Thursday evening and even if your project doesn't work (quite common for me) it is always time well spent.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sunday Sessions!

We're excited to announce that this Sunday (1st June) will be the first of the Surrey & Hampshire Hackspace's monthly Sunday sessions. These will usually be on the first Sunday of the month (but don't forget to check first as they may occasionally need to move to a different date).

The Sunday sessions will run from roughly 10:00 until 18:00, and you can expect the usual sort of things to be happening, with the same friendly atmosphere as our Thursday evening gatherings.

If you'd like to keep track of what's happening when you can check out any (or if you're particularly enthusiastic all) of the following:

Don't forget that the new Sunday sessions are in addition to our normal Thursday nights (including tonight 29th May), and finally to finish up here are a couple of 3D Printed objects from our recent sessions...