People trickled in through the evening and participated in events for our 7th Birthday Party last weekend! Grilled meats, snacks and vegan pizza were served up to the mingling masses. Lockpicking with TOOOL.us went down, a group mural went up, games were played, dyes went into fabric and a familiar face returned to our space…
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When I found an ATM in the trash near my office, I knew just what had to be done. It had to come to the hackerspace.
After some help from a friend with a truck, we got the ATM delivered to the space just in time for Lockpicking night with TOOOL – The Open Organization of Lockpickers. (Fig. 1. — pictures after the break) We set to work on the two (surprisingly basic) pin tumbler locks on the front of the panel, and sprung them in no time. (Fig. 2) Under the the bottom panel we were greeted with a welcoming safe-door style combination dial. (Fig. 3) Under the top panel are a power supply, circuit boards for the display, the card reader, the pin entry pad and the LCD buttons, and the receipt printer. (Fig. 4) Sadly, the main computer had been removed before the unit was thrown out.
That being said, TOOOL is not a computer oriented group, so we were plenty pleased with the new challenge presented to us by the combination lock. Steve decided to give it a go first, boldly citing his experience in safe cracking school. (Fig. 5) Dave, not being the patient type, and not being entertained by Steve just poking at his phone, decided to take a more destructive route to enter the ATM with a plasma cutter (Fig. 6) and was rewarded with a large empty space and yet another steel plate. We will be revisiting opening the door next time, and continuing to seek inspiration for awesome ATM projects. Let us know what you’d like to see an ATM turned into!
12 PM – 4 PM, FREE
Hacking upstairs in Electronics, open jam session downstairs in the Lounge.
Hosted by Patrick McCarthy of the circuit-bending act Roth Mobot.
Bring something to hack, something to drink, and whatever tools you think you’ll need. PS:One has an excellent assortment of tools but they are finite. Components are available, but please donate some cash to help cover whatever you use.
Radio WFMT will be on location recording a documentary about the eSymposium.
If you’re like me, the RC aviation hobby is as fascinating as it is costly. In the two videos below that we produced for element14 though, we cover how to convert a $10 foam glider into a great training flier and then get even more bleeding edge with a cheap-but-good-for-the-price setup for flying UAV style with a pistol grip camcorder mounted to the plane that transmits to a screen on the ground. Dan Meyer with the help of Ken Zinnen walk you through some of the many exciting facets of radio controlled airplanes.
I’m starting a company that makes campfire scented cologne, and to solve a problem in my production process, I built a transmissometer. Here is the video Aaron Kowalski and I made with Element 14‘s support:
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the build and filming!
That’s the last of the 5 Contenders in this hackerspace challenge, but there’s still at least one more video where Mitch Altman will be crowning the coolest project.
New kids on the block, Artisan’s Asylum are out to make waves with their Wallace and Gromit inspired breakfast making Rube Goldberg Machine. Take note of their egg cracking contraption which worked beautifully so long as you’re not picky about having yours sunny side up. I should mention that there was some goading by our own president about Artisan’s project stealing the show. While I’ll wait for the official word on best in show, I’ll also take a moment to compliment those Boston folk on a job well done, truly a noteworthy hack.
That’s not all the action VIMBY’s got for us though. The Transistor in Provo, UT is our last contender coming up and I smell some pandering for the zombie enthusiast vote.
Our episodes have just gone live on VIMBY and Here they are below. We haven’t been able to talk about our project much before the release, but now the door is wide open.
By far the coolest part of the project was making UV reactant ice cream. The secret ingredient in this is Fluoroscine, whose only side effect is turning your urine neon yellow. The whole project was completed by no small effort thanks to Jordan Bunker, Jim Burke, Tim Saylor, Patrick Callaghan, Bike Man Dan, Camo, Tomerica, John Stoner, Geoffrey Topham, Shawn Blaszak & Ishmael Rufus.
There are still 3 more teams to go and we’re just as excited to see what awesome things they’ve made, so check back here to see Crashspace’s project up next.
P.S. to Zach Hoeken: Let’s start a V-neck shirt wearer’s club.
This week our friends at NYC Resistor open up the competition with their drink dispensing slot machine. The amount of polish they were able to put into their project is impressive, especially the mouthy monochrome LED display in the drink dispenser.
Stay tuned for next week for Pumping Station: One’s feature episode where we ask, “Would you like that á la mode?”