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Intro to the Microsoft Kinect – Recap

Us in 3D

We had a great presentation by Jarvis Schultz on the Microsoft Kinect last night as part of the CNC Build Club.  Jarvis works with the Kinect as part of his PhD research in robotics at Northwestern University.  We had an overflow crowd of close to 30 participants.

Us on Kinect

The presentation was an introduction on how to get started with hacking the Kinect.  He described what is known about the internals and the data you can get out of it.  He talked about the preferred open source software tools and libraries.

Kinect Depth Field

He gave several live demos.  The pictures you see above are shots of how the Kinect saw the crowd at PS:One.  The still shots don’t do justice to the coolness of watching it live.  His presentation is in PDF format here.

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05 2013

Microsoft Kinect Presentation – CNC Build Club

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Thursday, May 2 @ 7:00pm

Presentation

This week we have a presentation from Jarvis Schultz on using the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor input device and other related devices.  He is going to give an overview on how they work, what kind of data they can produce, what software is needed to interact with them, and what you can do with the data once you have it.  He will include some live demos of what the data looks like, and what you can do with it.

Jarvis is a fourth-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering working on robotics at Northwestern University.  He is part of the Neuroscience and Robotics Laboratory, and he has been working with the Kinect since it was first available, and it has become an integral part of his PhD research.  Further information is on his research webpage in case you are interested http://nxr.northwestern.edu/people/jarvis-schultz.

Thanks to Steve Finkelman for arranging this.

CNC Router

Starting Pile Of CNC Parts

Following the presentation and discussion we are going to continue with the CNC Router project. We are going to add the limit switches for the X,Y and Z axes. Limit switches can protect your machine from over travel, but also provide an accurate and repeatable home position.

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We are also going to setup Mach3 as the machine controller. We will try to do this while hooked up to the projector, so everyone can participate in the process and learn how to do it. Mach3 is a professional level commercial controller and is a huge step up from the typical DIY solutions, like GRBL.

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After a few projects with Mach3 we will probably also install EMC2 which is an open source, Linux based alternative to Mach3.

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04 2013

Last Night’s CNC Build Club

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We had a great meeting last night.  We had over a dozen people working together to wire up a CNC control box.  At one point we had three soldering irons going at the same time.  Here is the pile of parts we started with.

Starting Pile Of CNC Parts

 

Here are some people wiring the box.  A really nice job was done using wire ferruls wherever we could.  How many hands can fit in that little box?

CNC Team Work

Here is the nearly completed box.

Box Almost Done

 

Thanks to Chris, Matt, Aeva, Patrick, Donald, Steve, Jason & Alex, Cat, John, Will, Gabe, Norm, Allen and Colin.  Next week we will be testing the motors, adding limit switches and configuring the software.

We will start with Mach3, then switch to EMC2 when we find a dedicated PC for that.  Chris and John I think mentioned they do time at Free Geek.  I am sure they could find a little PC.

Special thanks to Automation Technologies Inc for giving/lending all the parts.

- Bart

 

 

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CNC Build Club

Automation Technologies 3D Gantry

The CNC Build Club meets just about every Thursday at 7:00pm.  This is a weekly meeting of Chicago area people passionate about designing, building and learning how to use digital fabrication equipment.  Non members are welcome .  Each meeting starts with a round robin introduction followed by a little discussion and often a presentation or training session.  We also often have a group project going on.

This week we are going to start putting together a small CNC milling machine.  The machine was lent to us by Automation Technologies Inc.  Right now the machine is just the mechanical platform.  We need to add the motor controls, limits switches and setup some software.  The goal is to create an easy to use work center that we will do some projects on.  The plan is to sell the machine at a discount to someone in the group when we are finished. If you don’t know anything about CNC, don’t worry, you can still help.  The goal is to teach, learn and use.

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We have a meetup group you can follow for upcoming events

We have a Google Group too.

 

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04 2013

NERP tonight: The revolution is over! Let the battles begin!

NERP is not exclusively raspberry pi, the small computer interest group at
Pumping Station:One in Chicago.

There are a bunch of credit card size and smaller computers out there, but the
one closest to the Raspberry Pi in purpose and features is the Beagle Bone. The
BeagleBone is a credit-card sized Linux computer that connects with the Internet
and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu. NERP first saw the Beagle
Board during Drew’s high-level overview in March.

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The current Beagle Bone (~$89) costs more than the Raspberry Pi, but the Bone
has better perfomance. Tomorrow, 4/23/13, circutco.com will publicly announce a
new, more powerful, more featureful, and cheaper Beagle Bone. The price for the
new board will put it closer to the Pi. The revolution is over, but the
competiton for the smallest, most powerful, most versatile, and cheapest
embeddable computer has just begun. Adafruit, one of several Beagle Bone
resellers, is getting revved up for the new release.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/1278

Tonight Brian Chamberlain will give an in depth introduction to writing code on
the Beagle Bone. Brian’s talk will  “…cover how to setup and run remote
debugging on a BeagleBone from within the Eclipse IDE. It will include a
walkthrough of the key steps for setting things up. Then a demonstration of how
to step through lines of code, inspect variables, and generally cause havoc on a
simple program running remotely on the BeagleBone. Also, as a segway from our
normal RaspberryPi discussions there will be a brief overview of the BeagleBone,
its features, and how it compares to the RaspberryPi.”

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One
at http://www.meetup.com/NERP-Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi/
and http://pumpingstationone.org

NERP meets at 7pm 4-22-13 at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in
Chicago. NERP is free and open to the public.

Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics . com

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04 2013

Come celebrate another year of hacking and making at PS: One!

Four years and a month ago a rowdy bunch of hackers and makers moved into what would be Pumping Station: One’s first location. Come celebrate our fourth anniversary in our new space!

When: May 4th, 7PM – Demos and reception; 10PM – Live music!
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N. Elston (near Addison and Kedzie)

We’ll have some of our awesome projects and demonstrations on display for you, so come check them out! We’ll have:

  • Souped-up Power Wheels Racers
  • DIY Quadcopter
  • Check out our new scanning electron microscope
  • Brain-based Jacob’s Ladder
  • WindowFarm
  • THUNDER SLINKY!
  • Other cool things!

It wouldn’t be a real hackerspace party if there wasn’t some good ol’ fashioned hacking going on:

  • Make art with lasers!
  • Silkscreen your own art poster!
  • Learn to solder and walk away with your very own blinkie badge!
  • Print your first object using one of our 3D printers

We’ll have liquid refreshments and some light snacks. Later on we’ll have music and a light up LED birthday cake.

All funds will go to helping us build out our new kitchen area.  Please RSVP and spread the word!

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04 2013

CNC Build Club

Every Thursday night…

The CNC Build Club meets to build, use and learn about CNC machines.

April 18th at 7:00 PM.
Open to non- members

Quantum Delta 3D printer

Quantum Delta 3D printer

Over the last three weeks we built this little delta 3D printer.
There are a few little changes to make to it this week, like a spool holder on top.

This medium sized CNC Router Read the rest of this entry →

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04 2013

NERP tonight! Eric Stein: RPi hardware i/o and ZeroMQ

ERP is not exclusively raspberry pi, the small computer and embedded control interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago.

Tonight, Eric Stein, who is Chief Cat Herder and president of Pumping Station:One will take time out of his busy schedule to show us a Raspberry Pi and Python based system that sends messages by passing messages.

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Eric’s system, which is currently in development, receives input from IRC (internet relay chat) and responds by playing an informational message over one of several louudspeakers located around the PS:1 facility. The Pi does text-to-speech conversion on stored messages and i/o logic and control to select the appropriate audio output channel.

A very interesting aspect of the system is the use of ZeroMQ to pass control messages between the Pi and and a server that does something important that Eric will explain. From wikipedia:

“ØMQ (also spelled ZeroMQ, 0MQ or ZMQ) is a high-performance asynchronous messaging library aimed at use in scalable distributed or concurrent applications. It provides a message queue, but unlike message-oriented middleware, a ØMQ system can run without a dedicated message broker. The library is designed to have a familiar socket-style API.”

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One
at http://www.meetup.com/NERP-Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi/
and http://pumpingstationone.org

NERP meets at 7pm 4-8-13 at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in
Chicago. NERP is free and open to the public.

Ed Bennett ed@kineticsandelectronics.com
Tags: announcement, electronics, embedded, meetup, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi

Happy Happy
-Ed Bennett

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04 2013

Elementary Fourier Analysis, Sunday March 24th at 1PM

Sines, sines, everywhere a sine.

Engraving of Fourier.

This is a Fourier. We will not be analyzing it.

This 2.5 hour class will cover:

  • When and why does the fourier transform ‘work’? (Convergence conditions, etc)
  • What does linear algebra have to do with Fourier analysis? (A lot.)
  • How do we know it works? (Somewhat rigorous derivation)
  • Are there similar concepts/tools worth knowing? (Yes.)

The overarching goal is to demystify the magic formulas
and give a more conceptual grounding in what’s going on.

Recommended background: Calculus II (integration),
trig identities, and basic knowledge of complex numbers, with a
provided cheat sheet and a refresher/intro to those tools at noon.

  • When: Sunday March 24th at 1PM
  • Where: Pumping Station: One Electronics Lab, 3519 N Elston Ave
  • What: Deltas, epsilons, bases, sines.
  • Who: All are welcome, PS:One members or not. Please RSVP to patrick.m.dixon@gmail.com by Saturday so I can make enough handouts.
  • Cost: Free!

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03 2013

NERP tonight with Drew: Beagle Bone and Pi Face

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NERP is not exclusively raspberry pi, the small computer interest group at
Pumping Station:One in Chicago.

Tonight Drew Fustini will demo the Beagle Bone.

BeagleBone (http://beagleboard.org/bone) is an open source, low-cost
credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects with the Internet and runs
software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu.

BeagleBone is capable of interfacing to all of your robotics motor
drivers, location or pressure sensors and 2D or 3D cameras. It can also run
OpenCV, OpenNI and other image collection and analysis software.

Through HDMI, VGA or LCD expansion boards, it is capable of decoding and
displaying mutliple video formats utilizing a completely open source software
stack and synchronizing playback over Ethernet or USB with other BeagleBoards.

Drew will also hit the high points of a Raspberry Pi interface board called the
Pi Face (http://pi.cs.man.ac.uk/interface.htm)

Pi-Face Digital is the first of a range of interfaces to allow the Raspberry Pi
to control and manipulate the real world. It allows the Raspberry Pi to read
switches connected to it – a door sensor or pressure pad perhaps, a microswitch
or reed switch, or a hand held button. With appropriate easy to write code, the
Raspberry Pi then drives outputs, powering motors, actuator, LEDs, light bulbs
or anything you can imagine to respond to the inputs.

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One
at http://www.meetup.com/NERP-Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi/
and http://pumpingstationone.org

NERP meets at 7pm 3-11-13 at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in
Chicago. NERP is free and open to the public.

Ed Bennett ed@kineticsandelectronics.com

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