Monday, 8 September 2014

Sunday Session: 14th September

After the break to the normal Thursday evening sessions this week there's this month's Sunday Session on the 14th starting at 10am.

Come along for the usual blend of chatter and creativity and a chance to hear about last weekend's Brighton Mini Maker Faire.

(Normal Thursday evening session have now resumed)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Hack Session 4th September

As usual a fun and active evening, plenty of chat, pizza and hacking!

Quadcopters are becoming bit of a thing at the hackspace, from tiny nano off the shelf copters to large home built machines. Mark's was dismantled and work on to add lights. The front light was a G4 2W LED domestic bulb, which works surprisingly well, hopefully in weeks to come we'll see pics of Mark's copter a blinken and the rest of the SHH swarm!

Duncan Has 3D printed a spiral mable run machine and developed his own arduino code to control it with a stepper motor. He is thinking of putting it into our display at the lightbox woking, if you haven't been yet it's well worth a visit.

Mark's own design delta printer is really catching everyone's attention, he is now doing a beta build round with 3 other hackspace members.

A beta delta builder at work sanding laser cut base and top plates, ready to be sent off to be powder coated, they will eventually look like the black parts in the picture above of the completed alpha printer.

Another beta builder sorting components for their delta kits.

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.