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NERP (Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi) meetup: Autonomous car & Aquaponics (Monday Sept-24)


The next meeting of our embedded systems interest group, Not Exclusivly Raspberry Pi (NERP), will be Monday, September 24th, at 7pm.  We have two presentations lined up:

  • Jeff will be talking about his research into machine vision on embedded systems.  He’s been working on an autonomous car project.
  • Christopher will give a demo based around the automation framework he’s been working on using Python, Raspberry Pi and Phidgets.  It’s currently based around his aquaponics system.

NERP is open to the public and free to attend – just RSVP on our Meetup page.


09 2012

Arduino for Total Newbies workshop

Hackers on Train 2012 will be pulling into town the first week of August, and maker instructor extraordinaire Mitch Altman will stopping by our hackerspace for a special “Arduino for Total Newbies” workshop on Thursday, August 2nd.  Mitch writes:

You’ve probably heard lots about Arduino.  But if you don’t know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you.  As an example project, we’ll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

Registration: Eventbrite (space is limited so please register as soon as possible)

Cost: $40

Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Workshop Itinerary:

  • Very short lesson to learn everything you need to know about electronics!
  • Then we will learn to solder. Don’t let this scare you! Mitch has taught well over 35,000 people to solder, many of whom have never made anything before in their lives. It is actually a very easy skill to learn. It is also very useful.
  • Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Ladyada: BoArduino
  • Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one) — Windows, MacOS, or Linux are all fine!
  • And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Arduino! Mitch will show you how to read schematic diagrams, and you’ll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your BoArduino. We will use a solderless breadboard. These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder.



07 2012

Circuit Hacking Fun Night featuring Mitch Altman

The most excellent Mitch Altman, co-founder Noisebridge & TV-B-Gone inventor, is in town to speak at Flourish Open Source Conference at UIC this weekend.

Mitch Altman presents ‘Hacking Cool Things with Microcontrollers’ at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Mitch loves hackers, so he’s coming by our space for a special Thursday edition of the our bi-weekly Circuit Hacking Wednesday: Circuit Hacking Fun Night!

Come get your electrons & solder on with Mitch and other friendly hackers on Thursday, April 7th, 7pm-9pm.

Inspired by Noisebridge’s Circuit Hacking Monday, any experience level is welcome. Beginners can learn to solder and make cool stuff in a couple hours. DIY electronics kits from Cornfield Electronics (Mitch’s company) and Adafruit Industries will be available for cash sale.

And remember: Soldering is Easy!

Solder is Easy - Here's how to do it!


04 2011

iFixit to talk DIY Repairs

iFixit CEO, Kyle Wiens, is in town and will be stopping by Pumping Station: One on Tuesday, October 19th, to talk about DIY repairs at 8:30pm (following the weekly meeting).

Checkout the iFixit website for more info on DIY repairs:


10 2010

GoodFET Friday: Build the Sonic Screwdriver of Reverse Engineering

The neighborly Travis Goodspeed will be giving a workshop this Friday, September 3rd, at 7pm on building and using his GoodFET JTAG adapter.

Travis Goodspeed speaking at NeighorCon Chicago 2010 (photo by Anne Petersen)

More than just a programmer & debugger, the GoodFET is a hardware hacking swiss army knife similar to the Bus Pirate.  The workshop will cover the surface mount assembly of the GoodFET31 and how to use the GoodFET firmware.

GoodFET31 PCBs

Cost: $20 cash at workshop (same for member or non-member; includes GoodFET PCB & all components)

Equipment: soldering equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring any tools you prefer; strongly recommend bringing a laptop if you want to interact with the GoodFET firmware after assembly.

NOTE: Only 10 GoodFET31 kits are available.  Please RSVP to reserve at kit:   This workshop is open to the public.


08 2010

Mitch Altman, Jimmie P. Rodgers to join Circuit Hacking Wednesday

Come get your electrons & solder on at Pumping Station: One’s Circuit Hacking Wednesday (2nd & 4th of the month)!

Mitch Altman presents 'Hacking Cool Things with Microcontrollers' at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Mitch Altman (co-founder Noisebridge & TV-B-Gone inventor) and Jimmie P. Rodgers (creator of the OpenHeart & LoL Shield) will be our special guest stars on Wednesday, August-25, 7pm-10pm.

Jimmie P. Rodgers instructing makers of all ages in the Learn to Solder tent at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Inspired by Noisebridge’s Circuit Hacking Monday, any experience level is welcome. Beginners can learn to solder and make cool stuff in a couple hours.  DIY electronics kits from Adafruit Industries, Cornfield Electronics (Mitch Altman), Jimmie P. Rodgers will be available for sale.

And remember: Soldering is Easy!

Solder is Easy - Here's how to do it!


08 2010