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Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click

Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click
Screenshot of the BBC Click website

You can see the Nottingham Hackspace and some of its members on BBC’s Click this weekend or on the BBC website.

LJ Rich (@LJRICH) came to Nottingham to visit Phenoptix and the Hackspace as part of her piece on DIY tech. From Minty Boost kits to Raspberry Pis to laser cutting, the news piece covers a wide range of electronics and ideas that you can explore at the Nottingham Hackspace.

Click airs on the BBC News channel, and can be seen at 7:30pm on Saturdays and 1:30pm on Sundays.

If you are interested in seeing what you can do with tech, come see us on Wednesdays at our Open Hack Nights!

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Events Workshops

Light up the night at our Light Night workshop!

Matt's Stick Man Costume
Doc Little’s Stick Man LED costume. See the costume in action on Vimeo.

Play with LEDs, EL wire and lasers ahead of Nottingham’s popular Light Night on Thursday, 7th February.

Dr Matt Little will be on hand to discuss how to best use electronics and lighting to create one-of-a-kind art projects ideal for Light Night on Friday, 8th February.

As the MyNottingham website says:

Light Night transforms the city and truly brings it to life after dark with a blend of entertainment suitable for all ages. Many activities are unique to Light Night so don’t miss your chance to explore, experience and see the city in a new perspective. Whatever your tastes, there’s bound to be something to entertain you and your family. Light Night gives Nottingham a real buzz with lots happening indoors and outdoors and special offers in restaurants and other venues.

This group skillshare will be free to attend, with LEDs, EL wire and lasers available for sale on the night.

So if you ever wanted to learn how to light up the night, please attend!

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Events Workshops

‘Build a kit for Xmas’ night – Thursday 13 December

Wanting to find that perfect Christmas present? Want to give something that you have made?

At this workshop on Thursday, 13 December, you can learn how to build any of the kits available, from Drawdios to RGD lights to Bat Detectors!

We will also have Marble Runs and more available!

This session will run from 7pm onwards, and the only cost will be the cost of the kits. People will be there to help you learn how to solder and build, ensuring that your kit is running perfectly.

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Events Rasberry Pi

Raspberry Jam for RPi – Introducing EVE Alpha at Cape Bar, Victoria Road

The Raspberry Pi Jam, 6th November 2012 will introduce EVE an add on for Raspberry Pi developed by Hackspace members and CISECO.

This event runs from 6:30pm. At Cape Bar on Victoria Street in Nottingham. Please do bring your own RPi or related projects. This event is FREE and open to all (even if you DON’T have a RPi).

 

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Events Workshops

DIY Solar Power Weekend

The sun on a blue sky

Nottingham Hackspace will be holding a weekend of DIY Solar Power, run by Hackspace member Dr. Matt Little of RE-Innovation.

On Saturday, 4th August, you can Build Your Own Solar Power System. At this day-long workshop, you can build a system including a 10Wp solar panel, charge regulator, voltmeter and enclosure – great for charging up batteries, phones and more.

The workshop will cover solar power technology, load assessment, resource assessment, system design, and batteries and controllers – and you won’t need previous experience with solar power or electronics!

This course will cost £60 for the full kit and instruction, and £10 if you bring your own components and just need instruction.

On Sunday, 5th August, you can Build Your Own Solar PV Panel. At this practical workshop, you will learn to cut solar PV cells, soldering, wiring and encasing for a long lifetime, building a 12v solar panel with an output of approximately 5Wp.

This course will cost £40 for the full kit and instruction, and £10 if you bring your own components and just need instruction.

Numbers are limited for both workshops, so please book your place now!

If you have any questions, please contact Matt or find him at one of our Open Hack Nights.

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Events Group Project Workshops

Hack in the Park – Green’s Mill

Sneinton Festival Launch Picnic At The Mill

25 June
11am – 4pm

Free, Small charge for face painting

Bring a picnic and come along to the Sneinton Festival launch day. Kite making, Face painting, Viking games and crafts. This event launches a week of activities for Sneinton Festival. Look out for the festival programme for details.

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The Nottingham Hackspace will provide a Pin Hole Camera and Soldering table at the Sneinton Festival Launch at Green’s Mill Sneinton

As well as a quick soldering lesson on our Flashy  Badges (£2 each all tools and tuition provided take about 5 – 10 minutes).

We’ll be showing you how to make a Pin Hole Sunrise Camera.

What is a pinhole camera?

A pinhole camera is an empty container containing a sheet of light sendsitive paper. In the side, under some black tape, is a tiny hole, which forms and image like a lens.

A pinhole camera will take a photograph of the sun travelling across the sky for a period of up to 6 months! It captures the arc of the sun as it rises from spring until summer.

You’ll be shown how to make the camera and given all the parts you need!

Taking a photo

Find a position for the camera pointing south towards the Sun. Use a compass if you are not sure.  Choose a date to start, the Summer solstice for instance on the 21st June 2011.

Fix the camera sturdily in position. It needs to cope with the weather and with nature!

Sunrise Project Flickr Collection belonging to Knowle West Media Centre

 

 

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Events General Hackspace as venue

Open Day 29th May – Meet the Hackers

We’re looking forward to showing you the Hackspace! We’ll be open to the public from about 10:00am

There will be lots to see and do:

  • Kinnect Hacks
  • Knitting Machine
  • 3D Printer
  • Lots of projects to see
  • Meet Cheesoid
  • Presentations and talks/Slideshow
  • Try lock picking
  • Solder a “Flashy Badge” with us (£2)
  • Pick up the events schedule

Lots more making and hacking too! If you are coming from another Hackspace or as an invited maker there will be a party (not open to the general public) from 4pm onwards. See you there!

 

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Events Workshops

Keep Calm & Solder On

Announcing the 1st Monthly Social Soldering Night – Kit £10 Free to attend

Soldering Night is a new regular meet up at the Hackspace. Each month a different soldering kit will be made available (at the best possible price) for you to solder.

The kits will be ideal for all levels of experience. This regular monthly event is aimed at the beginner and the more experienced.

Help and instruction will be provided where needed. All the tools you need will be on hand too.

This months kit will be the Drawdio adapted from the original design by Jay Silver. It is an oscillator that uses the graphite in a pencil and your body to make the circuit.

We hope that the monthly Soldering Night will become a social fixture in your calendar… We’ll aim to get some really interesting kits in!

Register for this event NOW!

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Events

Maker Faire UK 2011 Day 1

It’s the end of day one in Newcastle, and we’re in the pub with guys from hackspaces in Northhampton, London, Leeds and Dublin.

Its been a fantastic day walking around the Maker Faire, meeting people from all the other UK Hackerspaces and of course all the other makers.

Arriving at the Life centre via the makers entrance, we were shown upstairs to the Hackerspace area, where the London Hackspace people were all ready encamped and busy hacking away.

The stands were all very diverse, and among many other things included Make offering flashing LED badge kits next to a space where people could learn to solder, motorised mountain bikes, musical tesla coils, giant etch-a-sketches, glowing couture, papercraft gear hearts, fundraising charity Daleks, and tuition in constructing “survival cups”; simple bits of polystyrene that can show you north and south, day or night. Northackton covered their stand with an enormous three dimensional cardboard spider.

Some of the stands were held by commercial companies, some by hackspaces, and some people there simply had projects they wanted to show off and gauge interest on

We’ve hardly had time to look at everything there, and are going back tomorrow. Pictures and videos to come.

Check Out this awesome video of ArcAttack

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Hackspace Equipment

LED Matrix

LED MatrixEverybody loves LED and hackers are no exception!

At our first open hack day on Saturday, Michael dropped off an LED matrix unit normally used in motorway signs.  16 x 16 bi-colour LEDs – 256 green-yellow and red flashing lights!

In fact, he dropped off eight units!  2056 LEDs!

Each unit has two identical connectors, IN and OUT, which allow them to be chained together and controlled as one.  Each unit still requires it’s one power supply.

The possibilities of these are pretty exciting!  My electronics-fu is nowhere near good enough to work out how to use them, but I have created a wiki page and uploaded the datasheet and a few different pictures.

Get playing!