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Kinect Controlled Tesla Coils at Maker Faire UK

Towards the end of day 2 at Maker Faire our friends from the London Hackspace excited told us to head to the Tesla Coils to see something really exciting…

We had an awesome time at Maker Faire in Newcastle and we’re already anticipating an amazing Maker Faire 2012 where-ever it might be.

We’d particularly like to thanks Graham from O’Reilly UK who kept us in flashing LED badges, Jane & James from SUGRU, Jimmy & Mitch, Aaron & Anna at Oomlout, Jaake & Hannah from Instrucatbles,Rob & the boys from TOG, Tree (it’s a GO GO GO) and especially our very good friends from NortHackton. We had a blast at the Hackspaces pissup meetup!

Checkout the Flickr group for Maker Faire!

Who’s coming to Berlin in August for the Chaos Communications Camp?

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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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See you at Maker Faire!

Members of Nottinghack are travelling to Newcastle on Friday to visit Maker Faire UK this weekend 12/13th March 2011.

Hackers from all over the UK (and the world) will gather at the Life Science Centre for the 3rd UK Maker Faire that looks set to be the busiest one yet.

On Friday 11th in the evening there will be a hackspace pub  meetup as well as a BioHackers diner on the Saturday night and Qusar battle in South Shields.

Do try and find us, we’ll be evangelising about Hackerspaces as well as hacking in the dedicated “hackers” area (probably on the Mezzanine floor with Mitch Altman).

See you there. Follow live tweets on @HSNOTTS

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Open Hack Night Workshops

How To Workshop: Make a Circuit Board

6:30pm 26th January 2011

Get the basics of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) manufacture from Nottinghack’s Matt Little (from our Soldering & Drawdio Workshops).

There are many processes and techniques for making a printed circuit board (PCB).
In this session Matt will guide you through his process for making PCBs

Matt uses a mixture of home-made and bought tools. He will highlight some of the problems and share some of the tips and tricks he’s uses.

You will get to create and keep a circuit board for a simple LED flashing circuit (components included).

The circuit board layout is made using the open source software called KiCad (for both Linux and Windows). If you have a (small) circuit you would like created then bring along your completed PCB design and we can make that with you!

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General Open Hack Night

Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge

The Challenge is to mail spending less than $50 a cake to another Hackspace that is at least 1000 miles away… It should taste great and arrive in pristine condition.

Our challenge partner Hackerspace is LVL1 the Louisville Hackerspace in Kentucky USA. They are nice folk and well worth a follow on Twitter @lvl1hackerspace

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Make Stuff at Hackspace It’s FREE!

Hackers are people who have very few things in common except … they want to make stuff……. share knowledge and learn new skills… it’s more than electronics and robotics we dabble in art, shed-chemistry, backyard ballistics, programming, woodwork, kite flying, engineering, knitting, homebrewing, problem solving, prototyping…

Hacking is about taking control of the things in your life and knowing how to make them work for you, from fixing your bike to jail breaking your iPhone.