There were some interesting things to see at Wednesday’s meeting. Richard showed off a little remote-controlled LED thing (that will eventually become a Nerf sentry gun, apparently). The brains of his device is a little tiny Arduino-compatible board called the Digispark.
Other teeny-weeny microcontrollers he showed us were a Trinket
and an Electric Imp
Richard’s friend Adam demonstrated a cheap Bluetooth interface, apparently available at Vetco
. Adam had it hooked up so he could control a little vibrating motor from his Android phone.
Meanwhile, Danny was working on his smartphone-based scavenger hunt.
There’s always something interesting happening Wednesday evenings at SCRoW, so come check it out.
Tamara Clammer led another successful leatherworking meetup tonight. Participants managed to twist a strip of leather into a braid (apparently by magic)!
Next Seattle Leatherworking Meetup: October 1st.
One day after a successful inaugural Raspberry Pi meetup, JR hosted Rob Bishop of raspberrypi.org. Rob’s been barnstorming across the country to talk about the Raspberry Pi. He spoke for about two hours and answered questions, then gave us a sneak preview of something top secret, so forget I said anything.
Rob’s arrival was a little delayed, so while we waited, Bill Ritchie
gave a quick impromptu printing demo. Fortunately, he just happened to have a miniature printing press with him(!)
Mark your calendars for the next Raspberry Pi meetup on September 18
Jigsaw Renaissance hosted its Raspberry Pi meetup last night.
Danny Black taught everyone how to use Python’s CherryPy package to set up a simple web server on your Raspberry Pi.
And Michael Park showed us his Motorola Atrix Laptop Dock that’s been hacked to be a keyboard, mouse, and portable battery pack. Amazing!
Jigsaw is also hosting the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Rob Bishop tonight (8/22 at 7PM) who will be giving a presentation on the Raspberry Pi. There’s no cost to attend (donations not required but gladly accepted), and Rob will open the night to audience Q&A, and we’ll do a RasPi project show and tell as time allows.
Here’s some shots from last night’s event:
Today in the classroom, the Seattle Retro-Computing Society will be hosting a four-way joint meeting with the Puget Sound Commodore Users’ Group (PSCUG), the Portland Commodore Users’ Group (PDXCUG), and the Microsoft Retro Computing and Gaming group. The trip down Core Memory Lane starts at 1:00.
A small sample of the stuff people are making at Jigsaw nowadays:
- Anton’s been building a 3-D printer with Scott’s help. Here’s Anton putting the finishing touches on it:
- Danny’s been working on a pneumatic cylinder for Halloween animatronics. Today he was experimenting with making a piston out of Instamorph moldable plastic. Taking a piece of PVC tubing as a mold, he filled it with Instamorph pellets, submerged it in water and heated it in the microwave oven, then tamped it into shape. It worked very well!
- Speaking of animatronics, I finally finished my DJ P0n-3 animatronic thingie with RGB LEDs:
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