Want to hang out with a group of fun geeky people at a Hackerspace and play some awesome games? How about homemade snacks and homebrew beer? Still not awesome enough for you? Well, how about we hack an Xbox Kinect and scan you, then 3D print a custom game piece with your face on it, or make custom game counters on a laser cutter?
Come on by Pumping Station: One, Chicago’s biggest Hackerspace, on April 11th and have some fun and maybe even learn a few skills! Bring your favorite games, or if you want some supreme geeky-points, bring a game you designed and play-test it with us [we can even discuss how to spruce-up your game with lasercut or 3D printed pieces, hint-hint]!
This event is public, so bring your family, friends, or just awesome gamers you know and wanna hang out with! If you want to take part in making the 3D printed game pieces, or laser cutting custom counters, we do ask for a minimum of $1 suggested donation to cover materials. If you want to see this stuff continue into the future, please donate more! Proceeds will go to Pumping Station: One’s donation box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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