OK Folks, when the publicity starts to come together, you know it is getting real! Above is Jason Langdon’s proof graphics for the first batch of posters that will announce the Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire to the General Public. The event will be Saturday, October 19 at Washington Park. Setup is that morning. The event opens to the general public from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm and pack-out after that. Volunteers are needed for all shifts, all day. This means you and your buddies! Here is the link to the live volunteer form.
More details to follow, but don’t delay to register to help out and be part of this amazing event!
HIVE13 made its first Maker Faire appearance exhibiting at the Detroit Maker Faire 2013 on Sunday, July 28. A special thank you goes out to our LVL1 Louisville hackerspace friends, Brad and the gang, who encouraged Jim to display some HIVE works in a corner of their booth on Sunday.
The HIVE banner, Galileo’s Finger, CinD-LOU’s eyeballs, and Jim’s kinematic sculpture ‘Life’ were prominently displayed and drew lots of attention throughout the day. Mostly it was, “OK, what is this strange thing?”
LVL1′s fire-breathing animated and wheel chair mobile pretty pony Buttercup was still the star of the booth and LVL1 had a wide variety of other exhibits including a playschool pi computer, radiation cloud chamber, and a wack-a-shark game for the kids. These guys are awesome and an inspiration to the rest of us.
The rain held off and a good time was had by all. We should do this more often!
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
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
One project that was used for the passcode challenge is called the Zen PIN. The problem is people who shoulder surf can see your PIN on a keypad system. So a fun and simple solution is to have the user memorize an algorithm instead of a PIN number. For a Proof-of-concept the Zen PIN was developed that uses three lights. The user enters a random PIN and the system then generates an internal random PIN. It then blinks certain lights to indicate if the next number is greater or less than the one last pressed. The user follows these visual clues to "unlock" the keypad. In the PoC this just lights up the green light and plays a "good" tone.
You can take any type of spin with this. Such as, using multi-colored LED buttons that randomly display a color and the user knows to always press to the left of the "orange" button. Etc.
For more information on this project see the wiki
Welcome to the 1st ever Hive13 Contest challenge!
The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a unique passcode system. This can be mechanical, electronical or purely software. It has to reach some type of “unlock” state or goal. This can be to play a song, turn on a green light or actually unlock something.
The contest deadline is September 29th after the Tuesday meeting. After the meeting you can demo your locking mechanism. Let the most creative lock win!
More details on the wiki.