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Sumbot Competition This Saturday – 4/16

April 15th, 2011 No comments

Hive13 Sumobot Warmachines

It’s here! This Saturday is the sumobot competition! We have a lot of great contenders registered for the event and it is shaping up to be an awesome time!

The event starts at 6pm and is scheduled to run until 9pm. This is a free family friendly event. We will have snacks available but you may want to stop to grab a real meal before the event. If you want to bring some snacks you can. Setup will start at 4pm for those who are volunteering to get the event ready. The door to Hive13 and Cincinnati Fitness Boxing are on the side of the Anchor Building under the glass blocks. There is a sign on the door for both. If it is nice we may have the door open as well as the large gym door on the south of the building. You can park along the street, at the parking lot on the south of the building or in the lot across the street but please don’t park behind the building because that is for other tenants.

When tweeting about the event be sure to include @hive13 and @roboweek. Roboweek is for the National Robotics Week that we are taking part in. You can also use the hash tag #roboweek. They will RT and promote any messages with those tags. For flickr tag your pics with both ‘sumo13′ and ‘roboweek2011′.

The actual sumobot site is: http://sumobots.hive13.org/
The wiki for the event is: http://wiki.hive13.org/Sumo_Competition

Can’t wait to see everybody there!

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New Workbenches!

February 17th, 2011 2 comments

Sexy, Sexy work bench with the sexy Chris Davis.

Special thanks to Dave B, Jason, Chris Davis, and all of the other people who have been working hard to help construct additional workspaces for the hackerspace.

The workbench to the right of this post was built from plans purchased by Jason.  It has wheels that can be raised and lowered easily.  When the wheels are raised up the workbench provides a very stable surface to work on.

Dave B Workbench

One of our newer members Dave Blundell donated a workbench and Chris Davis assisted him in moving it to Hive13.  It is a very solid workbench with two shelves under it.  It has a vise mounted on it and pegboard behind it.  Since the picture was taken we have moved the drill press onto it and mounted a couple power strips on the wall behind it.

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Hive13 Glass Block LED Display Complete!

January 25th, 2011 1 comment

At long last, we’ve completed mounting v2 of the glass block LED matrix in our window. Kudos go to everyone who donated time, money, and advice to finish it. There is a bit of cleanup work needed, but the major work is complete. Check out this video of it in action:

More pics and videos can be found on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjd/sets/72157625881282714/with/5368709445/.

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Hive13′s Tools – Nifty Bandsaw

January 19th, 2011 No comments

A new acquisition from cragslist:

Hive13 Bandsaw

This is 14″ Delta bandsaw arrived Tuesday night.  Stay tuned for updates on more tools and an announcement on upcoming Shop 101 classes to become a certified user.

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Creative Coding Kinect

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

Visit the project page

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

Visit the project page

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

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CityBeat: If You Build It, They Will Come

December 1st, 2010 No comments

Wow, we made the cover of CityBeat! Check it out in newsstands this week or online.

Thanks to Stephen Carter-Novotni and Cameron Knight for coming to check us out!

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Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers Coming To Hive13

August 9th, 2010 No comments

Mitch at Noisebridge

Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers are coming to Cincinnati and HIVE13 this August 17 and 18. We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting one of their famous “learn to solder” workshops!

They will be the featured guest speakers at our regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 17 and their solder workshop is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 18. Both events are at Cincinnati’s Hive13 at 2929 Spring Grove Ave.

Register for the soldering class at the eventbrite page: http://mitchhive13.eventbrite.com/

Best of all, the meeting and workshop are FREE! You just pay the cost of any workshop materials, $10-30 depending on which kit you choose! Mitch and Jimmie have taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things at their workshops all around the world. They can teach you, too!

If you have ever had any curiosity about making something with electronics, then please join us. Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. It’s fun and easy! You can learn to make something and take it home with you!

There will be plenty of cool kits available to build, including:
* TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
* Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
* LEDcube (cool cube of blinky lights!)
* Mignonette Game (play fun games!)
* Trippy RGB Waves (interactive colored blinky lights!)
* MiniPOV (more cool blinky lights!)
* MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)

And for the more advanced:
* Microcontroller programmers (program all your AVR family chips!), Arduino clones (make just about anything!), and more.

Mitch Altman is the San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for co-founding 3ware, his pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research and inventing TV-B-Gone. He is also President and CTO of Cornfield Electronics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Altman

Jimmie Rodgers is a full time hacker, maker and circuit bender, from the Boston area. He designs open source hardware kits, teaches a variety of workshops, and gives talks on related topics that
interest. He currently sells three kits. The Open Heart v2.0 is a LED array that you can easily create animations for. The Atari Punk Console is a simple and fun sound generator. The LoL Shield is an
Arduino shield with lots of LEDs on it. Check out the kits section for more information. http://jimmieprodgers.com/

UPDATE: If you can bring your own tools that would be very helpful since Hive13 can only provide so many. Participants will need a soldering iron, a wire snippers, a wire stripper, some solder and a helping hands. Hive13 will have a few of each of those, but the more people that bring their own means the fewer people that have to share tools. The class is free but if you’d like to make a donation we would appreciate it. We would like to be able to invest in a few more tools so we can have workshops like this again and again.

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Maker Faire Detroit

July 28th, 2010 1 comment

Maker Faire Detroit

Several members of Hive13 are roadtripping to Maker Faire in Detroit this weekend to celebrate DIY culture. Are you going? Let us know in the comments and we can try and meet up while we’re there!

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Saturday Night Blows – This Weekend

March 24th, 2010 No comments

This Saturday Hive13 is collaborating with River City Works on an event called Saturday Night Blowz. This is part of their regularly occurring series that normally takes place on Friday Nights.

Saturday Night Blowz - 03/27/2010

The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s RCW presents a free evening of adventure, science, fire, and fun to benefit HIVE13. We will begin with a demo from HIVE13 at 6:30pm and the Glass demo will start promptly after. Catering graciously provided by “theconsummatechef.com“.
Join us Saturday Mar 27th,
532 E. 12th st, Cinci 45202. (513)421-5202. www.artacademy.edu
visit the Hive @ www.hive13.org

Here is a video slideshow about a blow they did for Bockfest: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-17241-the-bockfest-blow.html

There will be glass-blowing and makerbotting and who knows what else! Stop by!

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RepRap Rainbow Packs – ABS Group Purchase

March 4th, 2010 No comments

One of the plastics that Makerbots and other 3D printers use is called ABS. ABS comes in many colors but most people have been using Black and “Natural” up until now because they are the most commonly available. We want to order some ABS plastic in Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow too so that we can make more fun and happy objects. The plastic is kind of expensive and it has to be bought in somewhat large minimum quantities. We want to fund a group purchase of all the colors and then divvy up the colors in portions to our backers so that each person can get a smaller amount of all the colors. We also want to be able to make fun colored objects that we can send to backers.

Here’s the plan:

Once we get the money, we will place an order with Village Plastics. We are going to be looking to gather at least $2000 to start off with so we can get a 30 lb. spool of each color.

Once we get the plastic, we will spool out the 1 lb. quantities and mail the Rainbow Packs out.

Help spread the word by linking to the Kickstarter project page so we can help out as many people as possible. Thanks!

photo by Anke L

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