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!
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.
It’s hot out. So very hot out. Jewel was selling watermelons. That’s a no-brainer right there.
Except… I couldn’t find a large knife at PS:One to cut it! Oh no! However, belt sanders are pretty good at sharpening metal… and we had this practice sword lying around (not sharp by any remote stretch). Fix that, boom!
Now to put on my war face. Watermelon, I will sup on your flesh tonight! Today is a good day to die. Kaplah.
P.S. we’ve got some watermelon left, come and get it!
Do you like beers and peers and find that your Sundays need more structure, such as drinking and doing science? If so, this event is for you.
Beer tasting: bring a few bottles of something you like that you think others may not know. We will do a potluck beer tasting. Tiny beer steins (for tiny beers) will be provided but bring your own if you prefer. Homebrews are highly esteemed, and you will get some beer peer review from your peers in beer!
After (and during) the tasting, we’ll discuss the science of beer brewing and other scientific questions and pursuits. Peer review of projects will happen if people have something to show; 300 seconds of non-fame with frequent interruptions.
You are of course welcome to come even if you do not consume beer or other alcoholic beverages! You must be 21 to drink at beer church.
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.
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?”
This summer PS:One participated in a secret project. VIMBY contacted us and told us to be prepared to receive an envelope from Mitch Altman one Wednesday with our challenge inside. The above video is the first in a series called Take On The Machine. Each participating space, NYC Resistor, Artisan’s Asylum, The Transistor, and Crash Space and us will have an episode airing with their project featured.
Stay tuned to find out what we did with our VIMBY money.
If it’s been a while since you last laid your eyes on the nav bar of our humble website, now would be a good time to reacquaint yourself with it. We’ve added a Media tab up top that contains all of PS:One’s official video (and soon to be audio as well).
Many people have invested a lot of time and work to bring this content to a broader audience extending our reach into the greater community. Carl Karsten was integral in showing me a less-cumbersome workflow for shooting and recording audio. Also, Tim Saylor has scheduled so many great speakers for Guided Tours and made such a great help with production (and even taking over once as of this writing).
Now give your strained eyes a rest from this 20th century concept of “reading” and sit back to enjoy some syndicated PS:One goodness.
PS:One GP, Pumping Station: One’s Power Racing Series team, is proud to present the video evidence of our early-bird test run. In order to earn 100 points towards the main event at Maker Faire: Detroit, we were challenged to create a video of our car driving, at full speed, on a straight-away run of, at least, 100 feet. You can check out the proof of our progress below: