Just got back from the Opensource Hardware Summit and I have 20 Hackerspace passports that I picked up from +Mitch Altman. These passports can be used while you are visiting other hackerspaces around the world. You simply bring your passport and have the hackerspace stamp it. Simple! These are very new and not all hackerspaces have stamps just yet but you might as well get your passports now! I will be bringing a stack of them to the Hive on Tuesday. They are $3 each (This is the price I paid for them) I should have enough for anybody who is interested.
More info on the passports can be found on adafruits blog.
Recently at last weekends PAX event a new game called Life is Crime was announced. It is a mobile game that takes your GPS location and uses that to build a virtual world overlaid on the real one. Using this virtual world you then can go on crime sprees, have gangs, sell drugs, etc. It’s kind of like Mafia wars meets foursquare. You just need to ask yourself…while waiting in line would you rather ‘check-in’ or go on a crime spree?
I’ve been playing this game for less than a week but I can already tell you I’m addicted. I realized I was addicted when I was robbing a bunch of local stores while my wife shopped and checked nearby activity. Down the road I saw somebody had taken over a UDF and a Bank. When my wife got back in the car I told her I wanted to make a quick stop. I then found this location, pulled in and preceded to take over the turf. If you like GTA or any of the gangster style games you must check this game out.
After helping out on the forums a bit the super friendly people at Red Robot created Hive13 as a Cincinnati Landmark! That’s right! If you head over to the Hive right now you can deal contraband and rob tourists (In the game of course…hehe) I love the idea of Hive13 being featured in a game! So swing by sometimes, my R2 name is “zombie”
Game homepage: http://www.lifeiscrime.com/
Who wants to fire the lazer?
We are officially opening up the laser cutter for use. For those who don’t know we have a 60W laser cutter at the space now that can cut up to 3/4″ thick wood and plexiglass (among a few other things). If you are a member of the Hive you will want to take a laser cutting class in order to operate the laser on your own. If you are not a member but want to use the laser cutter for a project that s fine as well but you need to have a certified member operate it for you.
Members will soon receive free minutes per month to use the laser cutter. Additional minutes will cost $.50 and you can buy your minutes in one hour chunks. This price is the same for non-members but your operator may request a free before hand for time and setup.
To keep track of all your minutes, buy minutes and transfer purchased minutes there is a new site!
Lazer Manager: http://lazer.hive13.org/
For more information about the laser see: http://wiki.hive13.org/Laser
Note: It may take a few hours for new purchased minutes to show up until the paypal functionality is 100% tied in. Free minutes are not finalized yet but student/full members will have the same amount and if you are a cornerstone member you will most likely get double those minutes.
At the last Hive13 Lock Forensic Meetup (Aug 11th) we practiced and experimented with different techniques using bump keys as well as built our own custom pinning tray. We have a LAB pinning mat but we feel that most of the space on that mat is wasted and unnecessary. So we set out to make a cool plexiglass version that would be portable and get the job done equally as well. The image on the right is the first pining tray off the laser cutter. It is two sheets of plexiglass fused together (top and bottom) so the tray can be moved around. We really liked the way it came out and decided we would give these out at the next Lock Forensic class we host (date to be determined still). We also thought it would be great to put a logo on he backside of the bottom layer of plexiglass. Then we realized we don’t have a logo!
Being that the Hive13 Lock Forensic group is the first public lock forensic group in the country (maybe the world) we feel it is important that we have a logo. And for the sake of setting an arbitrary deadline, the contest will end next Friday (Aug 19th). The rules for the logo are simple. We are looking for a black and white logo. One that could easily be a vinyl sticker or etched into plexiglass or other tools. The entries will be passed around the regular members of the lock forensics group and the winner will get a free pinning tray with their logo on it.
Meeting info: http://wiki.hive13.org/Lockpick
Contest submission email here: craig at hive13
We are hosting a teensy contest at Hive13!
Provide a proposal to what you would build using a Teensy 2.0 development board on this form. Teensy is a super small AVR board (less than 2 inches!!) It has an ATMEGA32U4 micro-controller and you can use the aduino software to program it. Each board comes with a detailed printout card for easy look up of pin layouts.
Six projects will be selected on Friday July 22nd to receive a free Teensy board. The contestant will then have until August 30th to complete their project and demo it for the group during that Tuesdays meeting. If you are not an arduino master do not worry, simply submit a basic idea of something you feel you can complete in a month and you may be selected.
You do not have to a a Hive13 member to participate but you will have to be at the Tuesday meeting on July 26th to pick up your board if you are selected. Have fun and happy hacking!
Submission form is here (July 22nd is the submission deadline!)
Board details are here
We are starting to experiment more with Bitcoin at the space. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency system. The first step for us is to setup a public local bitcoin exchange. The purpose of a local exchange is to enable people to trade cash for bitcoins. During the Tuesday meetings you can find somebody who has bitcoins and make an offer. The idea for a local exchange is you can visible see the existence of the sellers bitcoins and there are no minimum amounts required to purchase/transaction fees. For an idea of the estimated price per bitcoin check the going rate at Mt. Gox.
Depending on the popularity of bitcoins, you can expect to trade for services and things at the Hive.
The sumobot site for the April 16th competition is now up and running. This is still considered alpha but it stable enough (hopefully) to have contenders start logging in and creating accounts for their hackerspace and sumobots. Suggestions are welcome and the full source code to the website is available via github.
Please keep in mind there are still lots more features planned for the site and a lot of the style-sheet stuff is not done yet. There is a flickr feed on the main page. If you are working on anything sumobot releated for this competition please upload your pictures to a flickr account and tag it with “sumo13″. They will then automatically appear on the home screen of the site.
Issue tracker: https://github.com/Hive13/SumoTourney/issues
Our sumobot competition is scheduled for April 16th and the time is getting closer. If you haven’t bought parts for your bot yet you should definitely stop slacking and get to it! I would like to announce two prizes for the competition. One is from parallax and is a complete sumobot kit. It comes with two sumobots, a ring and a bunch of other great stuff! Next we have a VIP ticket for Daycon Security Summit on Oct 7th & 8th.
Stay tuned for more updates. We have a custom website where you will be able to register as a contender, submit your bot and also check the scores of the competition :D
For now, check the wiki for more information: http://wiki.hive13.org/Sumo_Competition
Schuyler Towne is coming back to Hive13!! Last time when Schuyler came we had a fantastic class on lockpicking. Schyler showed some great cut-aways on some very fancy locks and then gave the whole class locks to take apart and pick. This time we are going to change it up a bit. We are doing TWO topics!
Lock Forensics & The Great Lock Controversy of 1851
The Hive has been planning on kicking off a forensic workshop on lockpicking and what better way to do that than when Schuyler is in town :D Lock forensics is dedicated to the science and study of forensic locksmithing:
- Determine method of entry
- Identify tool marks and techniques
- Determine skill level of attacker(s)
- Preserve, collect, and protect evidence
- Maintain a clean forensic workspace
- Organize and write investigative reports
We have all this AND the story of 1851. You don’t want to miss this!
Date: Feb. 21st
Cost: Free and open to the public!
The schedule will probably be fairly relaxed. At 6-ish we will start organizing for the forensic workshop and between 7-7:30 Schuyler will present The Great Lock Controversy of 1851. Then we will hang out and geek out to locks.
UPDATE: Schuyler will also be stopping by Dayton Diode on Tuesday. So if you live in Dayton or can’t make Mondays meeting at the Hive then head to the Dayton Diode space: http://www.daytondiode.org/2011/02/lock-picking-101-workshop.html
We will be hosting a SMT Hand soldering class at the Hive on Wednesday March 2nd at 7pm. Goal for the class is to cover simple, easy to do (with a steady hand) techniques and materials used for soldering common SMT packages WITH
LEADS. NO BGA. NO QFN. (i.e. nothing with “blind” pads underneath the device that need soldered – can’t do that well without reflow IMHO)
resistors, capacitors down to 0402 (I’m not good enough to do 0201 by hand consistently)
connectors (mini USB, ethernet, etc.)
This covers 90% of the MCUs, transitors/FETs and passive components commonly used by enthusiasts. We will most likely be building AMP kits that you will be able to take home after the class. Seats are extremely limited for this class but if it sells out we plan on having this class again.
Date: 3/2/2011 Time: 7pm-9pm