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Tuesday May 13, 2014, 7:30pm at Hive13 is Ham Radio Night!

April 19th, 2014 No comments

Join us at Hive13 on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30pm for Ham Radio Night. We will be welcoming Gary Coffey, Jerry Shipp, and perhaps others from the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society as our May “Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month” guest speakers.

Amateur Radio is a valuable volunteer emergency communications service and public resource. Hear about the latest kit building and DIY developments in the field of radio art. Learn about upcoming events within the local amateur radio community; including ARRL certification and licensing opportunities. After the big one, these Ham Radio enthusiasts with access to a 12V car battery may be the only ones still on the air and communicating.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about the world of ham radio are welcome to come to our meeting and this presentation, Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30pm. (Find Us)

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Tuesday March 11, 2014 at Hive13 – PhantomX Hexapod Robot Hacking

February 23rd, 2014 2 comments

Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30pm for a ROBOT TAKEOVER!  We will be welcoming local software developer and robot hacker Carin Meier as our March 2nd-Tuesday guest speaker.

Carin will be showing off her PhantomX Hexapod, a frightening / awesome 6-legged walker from Trossen Robotics.  Hear the first-hand experiences of a new-comer to robotics on  building the kit from just plates, boards, and screws.  Carin will talk about the software to control it, and if everything goes well, she will also demonstrate running it via a laptop with Clojure.

Here is a teaser link to the first steps (towards world domination) taken by Carin’s hexapod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUrZeJ39xjs

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about this type of robot hacking are welcome to come to the meeting and this presentation, Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30pm.   (Find Us)

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Tuesday January 14, 2014 at Hive13 – DIY BioSci

January 12th, 2014 1 comment

Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, January 14, when our regular 2nd Tuesday of the month guest speaker program will resume for the new year, immediately following the brief 7:30 pm general meeting.

Member Mike Horwarth (who is a UC PhD stident) will share a brief (30 minute) presentation on Hacking Genes:  Synthetic Biology and DIY-Science.

Modern Biology has taken us from the double helix to genetic engineering and personal genomics.  Biotech is now on the cusp of the synthetic biology revolution, promising to create radically new organisms using machine-written DNA.  Citizen scientists are starting to explore these techniques, hacking genes in garage labs and bio-makerspaces.  At the same time public unease with genetic modification is growing.  Who will control this technology, and how will the DIY-Biology movement evolve?  Mike will talk about the basics of synthetic biology, current projects in the DIY-Bio community, and ideas for DIY-Bio at Hive13.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in learning more about this organic branch of hacking are welcome to come to the meeting and this presentation.  (Find Us)

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MIG Welding 101 at HIVE13 this weekend

August 7th, 2013 2 comments

Ryan 2.0 (a.k.a. Ryan Hesse) will finish his summer co-op term at GE here in Cincinnati and will return to Montana next week.  Before he goes, he will follow through and conduct four MIG welding classes at HIVE13 this weekend.

Friday, August 9 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Saturday, August 10 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Saturday, August 10 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Sunday, August 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (limit 6 hands-on students)

Classes are $15.00 each for Elite and non-members, and $5.00 for Full and Student members collected at the door.  The fees cover material costs.  Classes are limited to six hands-on participants in each session, first come first served.  An EventBrite (click here) has been created to reserve class seats.  Fees will be collected at the door.

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DERPA Event Series Begins August 21 on 3rd Wednesdays till Year End

August 4th, 2013 1 comment

Deconstruction Electronics Recycling Projects 4 All, the title, and the flyer say it all.

Join us on upcoming 3rd Wednesdays of the month between now and year end (8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20 and 12/18) starting at 7:00 pm each night.

Member Nebbie will lead this outreach to those who are circuit bending inclined to come and take over the HIVE to celebrate their unique art objects, found art and the general weirdness that is DERPA.

Weirdo extraordinaire thejunkyardcatalyst (intentionally all one word) will be the chief circuit contortionist who will guide you through toy cracking and open keyboard surgery. We encourage you to bring you current project, or candidate toy to work on. We will have solder, irons, switches and jacks to sell you at cost to help you bend your toy.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to see and learn a new maker skill.  The HIVE is the place to learn, make, and collaborate on fun projects.  (Find Us)

 

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A Magic Blue Smoke Merit Badge Award

July 14th, 2013 1 comment

Member Matt Starbuck bravely displays the “Magic Blue Smoke” merit badge awarded to him for his efforts at HIVE13 yesterday afternoon.

His promotion into the Benevolent Order of the Magic Blue Smoke (BOMBS) was made possible through the ultimate sacrifice of the ATMEGA32U4 chip on the Teensy 2.0 board in the LED persistence of vision staff he was developing.  In his own words, “VCC was not connected to anything, GND was connected, and I put 3.7V or so directly into one of the ADC pins with the Teensy powered off.  That pin is a direct short to ground in powered-down mode.  I failed to add the 4.7Mohm in line with it, which would have prevented the meltdown.”

The release of MBS was confirmed by two full-member eye witnesses at the time of the occurrence. “Yep, smells like MBS to me,” said one.  “I love the smell of MBS in the afternoon,” said the other, with a tear in her eye.

HIVE13 congratulates Matt for the new found knowledge that he has acquired.  In the trial-and-error development world, we all know there is no gain without pain.  We celebrate failures because we learn from them and they are just the stepping stones that come before the final victory.

Full disclosure and shameless plug – HIVE13 acquired a seed quantity of MBS merit badges via a grant marketing initiative by our friends at Adafruit (link), where you can also get more Teensy boards.  Imagine that.

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HIVE13 Brew Crew Brewout this Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm

July 11th, 2013 No comments
This Saturday, July 13th, married members Michael and (recent Bock Fest Moerlein Special Release award-winning brewer) Tiffany Bell-Horwath will host an all-grain brewout at the HIVE! Plans include brewing a 10 gallon batch of a brown ale (a clone of the beer moosedrool if anyone has had it).
You are invited to join the Brew Crew at HIVE13 to learn and share brewing skills.  The event will get started around noon, and it will likely go till around 5:00pm.  Feel free to stop in at any point.
Active brewers are encouraged to bring some homebrew for folks to sample and enjoy.  So far, this will include a  bourbon barrel aged vanilla been Russian imperial stout and a cream ale.  With some interest, a root beer could be made and available on tap as well.  At some point we may all chip-in to order a pizza or something of that nature.  Bonus points will be awarded to those who bring some pot-luck munchies to share.
All who are interested in brewing are welcome.  Consider to bring your setup and equipment for the show-and-tell.  Bring your dreams and schemes and make plans to implement the makers’ beer garden show-and-tell at the upcoming Cincinnati mini-maker faire to be in Washington Park on October 19.
We are looking forward to this brewday and hope to see you there!  (Find Us)

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Tuesday May 14, 2013 at Hive13 – DIY CSI Forensics

April 28th, 2013 8 comments

Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, May 14, at the 7:30 pm meeting for an informative look into Do-It-Yourself Crime-Scene-Investigation Forensics.

Member Brian Cochran (who is a Detective in the Boone County Sheriff’s Department assigned to crime scene investigation) will use material from the 40-hour course he teaches at the University of Tennessee’s National Forensic Academy.  Brian will perform live demonstrations of some of the coolest latent print development techniques; making finger prints appear on paper,  making them glow, and fun stuff like that.  The presentation will include a brief overview with slides showing real CSI jobs and case studies.  The case studies focus on the processes that are used and where the “maker” attitude was applied to bring the case to a successful conclusion.  The two case studies that will be presented are homicides.  Real crime scene photography and a limited number of postmortem examination photos will be shown.  It will not be anything different from what you would see on an episode of CSI or Dexter but these ARE real.  Both of these case study presentations have been shown to high school groups before, but this is an UP FRONT WARNING for those inclined to be squeamish.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in law enforcement and criminal investigations are welcome to come to hear this presentation.  Come to learn about this different kind of  (“making” the case) skill.  (Find Us)

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HACK THIS! – Personal Human Performance Enhancement and Neuro Hacking at HIVE13 this Tuesday Mar. 26, 2013

March 26th, 2013 15 comments

What would be the ultimate HACK?  How about the human brain?  Can you really think faster using a few simple components and a 9v battery?  Want to learn what others are doing?  Want to try it (on) yourself?

Learn about the approaches to lifehack your way to better mental and physical performance.  Neuro equipment can be built by hackers on a reasonable budget to do everything from brain imaging to changing actual neuronal functioning.

Join us at HIVE13 this Tuesday, March 26, at the 7:30 pm meeting for a stimulating intellectual enlightenment.

Did you meet that interesting guy, Judas (JohnM) that has been hanging out at the HIVE this past month?  Did you know he was  on sabbatical from that other hackerspace out of San Francisco called NoiseBridge?  Did you wonder what kind of circuit boards he’s been making during his time here?  Well, he’s going to give us a special show-and-tell before he leaves us to go back home.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to hear him pontificate on personal human performance enhancement and neuro hacking.  Come to learn this new left coast hacking skill.  It could be a mind-blowing phrenological experience.  (Find Us)

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Tuesday Mar. 12, 2013 at HIVE13 – Learn SMT Soldering

March 11th, 2013 No comments

News alert!  Preliminary slides for Tuesday night’s talk are available!  If you want to get an idea of what is going to be covered, CLICK HERE (pdf) to get a preview.  The goal is to cover the “talk” in 20 minutes or less leaving as much time as possible for the “do” – demonstrations and people getting their hands dirty. (figuratively speaking)

Read more in the original announcement, or come join us Tuesday at 7:30pm.  (Find Us)

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