I know it’s a bit late but now that we’ve recovered a bit from the party I wanted to do a wrap up post. We had a ton of people come through to celebrate, members and guests, old and new. Thanks for coming and helping us raise money for the new kitchen! I hope you had as great a time as we did!
PS: One’s fourth birthday party is coming up soon! We’re going to have tons of cool projects to show off along with food, drinks and live music! Don’t forget to RSVP and invite your friends!
When: May 4th, 7PM – Demos and reception; 10PM – Live music!
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N. Elston (near Addison and Kedzie)
Cost: $10 for non-members (pay online if you like – http://psoneparty.eventbrite.com/)
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
Brain-based Jacob’s Ladder
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.
Tomorrow night we’ll be bringing talented Chicago craft makers and artists together to share current projects and discuss the creative process.
It will be held:
August 27 Saturday
5 pm – 9:00pm
3354 n Elston- PS:One
(look for the red door — there’s plenty of street parking and we’re pretty close to the Blue Line Belmont stop, too)
Please bring a project to work on or some materials to work with. I would like this to be a opportunity for you to create and share your current projects, talk about the process of art and craft with others and meet new people.
The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge was an amazing experience. We were thrilled to be able to participate — the wonderful ideas that our fellow hackers came up with and the ingenious ways they implemented them were a constant font of inspiration as we hacked away on our biosensor. It is a great honor to know that we have been selected, along with Build Brighton and Hackerspace Charlotte as semi-finalists. The team will be heading to San Fransisco on May 20 for Maker Faire for the final judging.
Whew! What a ride this past month and half has been! The last 48 hours especially have been one long blur of blinking lights, solder smoke, and beautiful biosignals, capped off of course, by a mad documentation dash.
Going into the final 24 hours we had a good handful of sensors working separately: EKG, pulse oxidation, GSR, CO2 and lung capacity. The only thing left to do was get them all working together. Oh, and off of breadboards. No big deal, right?
Well, not so much. While the sensors worked quite well on breadboards, moving them onto protoshields turned out to be more of a hassle than we anticipated. The signals we’re getting from the shields aren’t quite as accurate as the ones we got from the breadboards, though still well within acceptable limits for our purposes.
Anytime you’re hooking up an electrical device to a human being, it’s important to make sure that they’re not connected to the electrical grid (think about what an electrical surge can do to your computer, now imagine that your body is hooked up too). To achieve this separation our biosensor uses bluetooth to communicate with a computer to display the signals.
1) Get some sleep!
2) Improve the shield versions of our sensors.
3) Write our own display software, including applications for the N900 and Android.
4) Reach out to teachers and educators.
Finally, we’d like to thank Mitch Altman and everyone at Element14 for this awesome opportunity. Special thanks to Jordan Bunker who stayed up late with us to help get this finished (and documented) and everyone else at PS: One that helped out over the past six weeks.
Member Bill Mania and his daughter Sarah will be giving a presentation tonight on Esperanto.
Esperanto is one of the oldest and most well established planned human languages. They will present some background information on the creation of the language. They’ll also describe the features of the language, some of the places where it is in use today and how to learn it. The presentation will be given in both Esperanto and English, with visual aids. A collection of published Esperanto material will be shown.
This week Pumping Station: One turns two years old! Not only are we older and wiser, but we’re getting bigger too! As you may have read on this blog, we’ve recently doubled our footprint in our building, adding on another classroom and a dedicated workshop. To celebrate and show off our new space, this Friday, April 15th, we’ll be throwing a birthday party and grand re-opening (not that we actually closed). We’ll have making-related activities like electronics and desktop trebuchet kits early on, as well as a DJ and liquid refreshments. The festivities start at 6 PM. Donations of $5-10 at the door requested.
Nick’s latest project is a replica daft punk helmet. With some help from Dan and his PhlatPrinter Nick was able cut out some parts from his Google SketchUp Design. Dan made a short video of what they did and promoting how collaboration through Pumping Station: One is totally awesome! Great work Nick and Dan!