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Hive13 Locksport Workshop

December 6th, 2010 No comments

Come join us as we start up our (hopefully) regular Locksport workshops.  Locksport is competitive lockpicking.  From the Locksport International website:

“Locksport features a need for knowledge and understanding of how the things around us work.  When you consider a lock mechanism, you will need snap judgment when considering the lock’s difficulty, the best tool, and the most viable approach. When it comes time to explore the innerworkings of the mechanism, it is only the slightest of touches and the most deft moves that will guide you.”

As a special honor we will have Schuyler Towne of Open Locksport fame kick off our first Locksport workshop!  At The Next HOPE conference in NYC, NY in 2010, Towne won the Locksport Wizard contest.  He also had the now famous kickstarter project when trying to raise $6,000 to create a set of custom open lockpicks he ended up raising over $87,000.

When: December 14th, starting around 7pm

If you have a set of lockpicks you will need to bring them.  There will be some to share.  We will not have any lockpicks available for sale either.

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Android Dev 101 Sold Out

December 5th, 2010 No comments

Android Development 101 class has been sold out.  I’ve had some requests to be put on a backup list if anybody drops out of class.  Eventbrite will probably show an opening if somebody drops out but we are currently NOT doing an official wait list.  We are however going to have another android development class sometime early 2011 for those who can not attend this class.  We know the class size is small but we feel that this is a good thing…we just need to have more classes :)

For those who are going to be attending this class, emails will go out as we get closer the the date of the class.  Teaser:  You will be making an app that you can use while drunk to assist in drunk txting your friends … hehe

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Opendoor Hackathon Dec 11th

December 3rd, 2010 1 comment

Hive13 is participating in the Opendoor Hackathon on Dec 11th. Sign up for the mailing list (link at the bottom) if you are interested. You can also contact craig@hive13.org for additional details.

The OpenDoor Hackathon is a hackathon to benefit the members of hacker/maker/artist/co-working spaces by creating a standardized, Open Source access and membership management system that can be used by everyone. At the end of the hackathon, the systems (or subsystems) created by each space will be voted upon, and the best system (or combination of systems) will be chosen. Implementing the system afterward is, of course, optional.

Why are we doing this?
I know, the word “standardized” sends chills down my spine too, but I assure you that this is a good thing! Deciding upon a common system would enable the following things:

  • The ability to share membership between spaces
  • Crowd-sourced security enhancements and feature additions
  • Easier membership management
  • A warm fuzzy feeling of being connected with other spaces

What we’re envisioning (and what many of you already have) is a sort of Reciprocikey or Space Passport system. We believe that the only way to create such an awesome system is to work together on it!

When is the OpenDoor Hackathon?
The OpenDoor Hackathon will begin on Saturday, December 11th at 2pm PST, ending 24 hours later at 2pm PST on Sunday, December 12th.

How do I sign up?
You can register your space’s team at the Eventbrite here!

Join the conversation at http://groups.google.com/group/opendoorhack-a-thon!

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Creative Coding Kinect

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

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The creative coding movement has existed for several years in the form of programming APIs such as openFrameworks, Processing, and Cinder.  However, since the Xbox Kinect was released last month, there has been an explosion of activity in this arena.

Because ZombieCraig recently purchased an Kinect for the space, we have the chance to participate in this revolutionary movement.  Dozens of digital artists are cutting their teeth in the creative coding movement, making a name for themselves in the intersection of art and technology.

Therefore, this is a call for projects.  The Hive is a wonderful place for coders and artists to collaborate.  We have a chance for coders to express themselves and artists to enter an emerging market.  This is an especially great opportunity for art students, since our student membership fee is only $13.37.

Please send all questions to slackermann@hive13.org

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Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

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Hive13 Glass Block Window Project

December 2nd, 2010 1 comment

Glass block display in progressAt Hive13 we have a 5′ × 5′ glass block wall/window in our space and the first thing we thought of when we saw it was a 7 × 8 pixel grid.

We want to build a programmable full color, lo-res display using RGB LEDs.

To do this we obivously need LEDs – lots of LEDs. The brighter the better.

We could use these nice ShiftBrite modules, but we’d really rather go all out and get the ShiftBrite’s big brother – the MegaBrite.

ShiftBrites are about $3.50 each and MegaBrites are about $7.75 each. And we need 56 of them. We’ll also need some cabling to connect them all up. The cables are about $1.50 each too. Finally, we’ll need a a good power supply to power it all; that could be as much as $100.

So,

($3.50 + $1.50) * 56 = $280

($7.75 + $1.50) * 56 = $518

All told, we’re going to need somewhere between $300 – $700 to do this. We’re shooting for $400 here. If we go over and get to $700, awesome. If we only get to $300, we’ll make do. Any funds raised here, but not used, will go directly to the Hive13 general fund.

Here’s the stuff on our shopping list:

ShiftBrites:
http://macetech.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1

MegaBrites:
http://macetech.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=9

Cables:
http://macetech.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=3

Here’s the project page with our progress and prototypes so far:
http://wiki.hive13.org/Glass_Block_LED_Matrix

Click here to lend your support to: Hive13 Glass Block LED Window Matrix and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

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