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Pictured above is Akisa from Germany (his hackerspace: RaumZeitLabor). He’s traveling down the coast doing a tour of hackerspaces. Jigsaw was his first stop. Here he’s talking to Meredith, Tom, and Budi.
There was quite a bit of activity during SCRoW last night, like actual soldering, coding, and robotics! Team Elcano was hard at work, as always. I’ve been trying to learn some Raspberry Pi stuff, and Danny helped by installing CherryPy, turning the Pi into a webserver(!) Meanwhile, Mike and Ed were in the other room working on something cool, I’m sure (I didn’t get a chance to see, unfortunately). We’re glad to have 3-D printer guy Scott back in the saddle, and last night he was doing his 3-D printing thing.
Hey, if you have any interest or experience with the Raspberry Pi, come to the next SCRoW; I want to talk to you. Also, if you’re interested in op-amps, Danny plans to do a tutorial on them next SCRoW.


Jigsaw’s resident autonomous vehicle expert, Tyler Folsom, nears completion of the build phase of his Elcano vehicle for the Elcano Autonomous Vehicle Project.

Team Elcano is a sponsor of the Transportation Research Board‘s conference on challenges and opportunities for vehicle automation—one of the world’s biggest vehicle automation conferences.   Hosted by transportation research board of the national academy this is a smaller sibling event to the TRB’s general conference which annually attracts 5000 people.  Three members of the team will attend and demonstrate the Elcano autonomous vehicle.

In other news for Tyler is a talk he will be giving on May 30th via video feed to a meetup gathering in Somerset, NJ who’s members are forming a self-driving vehicle group.  Feel free to check it out:

Lastly, we caught some of the team in a moment of celebration:


Elcano Project: An Autonomous Recumbent Bicycle
Elcano Project: An Autonomous Recumbent Bicycle


[Update: June 20, 2013]

Elcano, an Autonomous Recumbent Tricycle, which will be presented at Bicycle Urbanism Symposium at Gould Hall (University of Washington). Tyler Folsom, helped by Brandon, will be demoing the vehicle TODAY, June 20 between 3:30 and 5:00.

More info about:


Game On for The Gamers!

by Tom McDonald on April 18, 2013

in ZOE

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment—prolific film company and Jigsaw coworking space member—is running a fantastic Kickstarter campaign.

ZOE has engaged with a partner in Ontario, Canada, to film onsite two web miniseries projects set in the world of their existing film series “The Gamers”.  With work already happening on the new Gamers and Journey Quest series (in addition to other projects) the ZOE team has found a way to squeeze in another project.

The Kickstarter campaign exceeded its original goal within the first three minutes and is now on track to reach all seven of their stretch goals.  Check out ZOE’s Kickstarter video featuring chief executive Ben Dobyns breaking down the project:

Nice job ZOE!  We can’t wait to see the completed projects, and watch out for the oubliette…




New member Steve set a goal to make a new flute from Pacific-Northwest-grown bamboo, and recently set out on a hunt for the perfect pipe.

Here we see Steve after returning from a successful hunt and testing a first tone on a currently one-holed chi flute.  Work from here includes determining proper position for remaining holes and drying.

We look forward to reporting on the finished project, Steve.  Looks (and sounds) great so far!



Jigsaw’s own Tim Clemans hosted the King County Sheriff’s Office last night to demonstrate robots used by the Bomb Squad and SWAT teams.  Wow, what a great demonstration and crowd on hand for the festivities.

The main robot on display here is made by iRobot, of Roomba fame.  The model seen here was used extensively in Iraq and has proven itself in the field.  The unit demonstrated for us will be capable of some degree of autonomous operation with it’s next firmware upgrade.

In all, the Sheriff’s office was very generous in making time for Jigsaw, and we welcome them back any time!



Here, our demonstration robot practices a couple of highly articulated movements:

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Time for a closer inspection.  Can those servos be upgraded?


A great time was had by all:


Here’s the full video of the event:


Jigsaw desk member Tamara Clammer is a professional mask maker and runs Face Odd Masks.  She also hosts the Seattle Leatherworking Meetup seen here in Jigsaw’s classroom:



Two exciting milestones are coming to fruition for Jigsaw members.

Firstly, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, is preparing for a major event this Saturday. Check out the goings on:


And here we have team Elcano lead Tyler showing off his new Mega Shield DB board. Prototyping the board via Eagle has completed, and he’s currently looking for a vendor to produce his board.  Seen here is a Tyler and a paper printout of the PCB:



Jigsaw Renaissance is an incubator of learning and innovation!  Just feast your eyes on tonight’s happenings in the apiary:

First up, knower and teacher of all things computer science is Pat Tressel.  Here, she’s schoolin’ Meredith and Budi in finite state machines using MIT’s Scratch as a learning tool!


Here we have Ed and Mike with a satisfying mixture of Python and Robotics—like peas and carrots…


Seen here leading Jigsaw Renaissance’s 3D printing renaissance, Rick is in the process of constructing a new 3D printer, while Scott makes a precise adjustment to an intricate component.  By all reckoning, Jigsaw is nearing a cool baker’s dozen printers in our facility.  Stop by some night and check our lively 3D printing scene…

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And here we find Mark busily constructing a portable sign for tomorrow’s Sakura-Con show.  Make Atsuko Ishizuka proud, Mark!

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While passing through the kitchen, we stumble across science hobbyist Bill Beaty updating the electronics surplus site list on his website.  Bill’s super friendly, generous of spirit, and an amazing powerhouse of electronics know-how.


And last, but far from least, our resident super volunteer, kaizen-master, and executive-in-training, Tim Clemans.  Tim keeps the lights on and can be found most days at Jigsaw.  If you catch him while he’s keeping office hours, ask for a tour of our space!