Scanner Challenge, Part 1


As part of our first public meeting this Monday, we handed out a bunch of :CueCats to everyone who attended, along with a challenge: tinker with them, see if you can get them to do something fun, and share it with everybody at the next meeting.

I’m planning on using mine to build a handheld barcode scanner based on an Arduino and the touch screen from a Nintendo DS that stopped working a while back.  It may be a bit ambitious, so I’ll probably need help along the way.  I thought it might be helpful for others to see what I’m doing in case they get stuck in their own projects.  The Arduino is in the mail, but while I wait on that, here’s the progress so far.

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Workshop 88’s First Full Public Meeting

…went really well.  I’ve just got some pictures to post, and some information to confirm.

First, pictures from the event:



Thanks everyone for coming out!  We had 15 guys total show up, which made for a great first meeting.  If you haven’t done so already, hop on our wiki and create a profile for yourself so we can all get to know each other a little better (I’m guilty of not having done this yet). We’ve also got a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

At the end of the meeting, everyone got CueCats and, as I said, I’ve got no idea what to do with mine.  If you want to work on a project with me, shoot me a message @JayRM on Twitter or e-mail me.

Regarding our web presence, I’ve got Mike, Kevin, Sean, Adam, and Brannon down to work on that.  I’ll start divvying up the  responsibilities we have and we can get together on the Wiki to see who wants to do what.

And FINALLY, we’ll be doing a little bowling at Brunswick Zone (map) next Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.  Contact me using the above information if you’re interested so we can get an idea of how many lanes to reserve. Hopefully, some of the people who couldn’t make it this Monday can come out, meet us, and drink some dranks.

Thanks again for a great first meeting!


EDIT: We’ve gone ahead and created a Facebook group for Workshop 88.  Please apply to it so we can more easily invite everyone to future events.

EDIT EDIT: Meeting notes are up on the wiki if you’re interested.

Agenda for Tomorrow’s Meeting

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is posted on the Workshop 88 wiki:

The abbreviated version is included below:

The meeting notes will be posted on the same page after the meeting.

Thanks for all the Interest!

The post on Make: Online yesterday generated quite a bit of interest, so thanks to everyone who wrote in!

If you’re interested, but aren’t able to make it to the meeting on Monday, there are some other ways you can contribute.

  1. Become a fan on Facebook: Workshop 88
  2. Follow us on Twitter: @Workshop88
  3. Add yourself to the wiki availability page so we can take you into account when scheduling meetings: Availability

Planning Meeting – Monday 11/23/09

We’ll be having a planning meeting on Monday, November 23, at 6:30.  We’ll be meeting at the North Central College Boilerhouse (29 N Loomis St Naperville, IL 60540).

If you’re interested in being part of the planning process, feel free to drop by.

Look for the Workshop 88 logo, stop by and introduce yourself!  If you know you’re planning on being there, leave a note in the comments and we’ll look for you.


Some of the things we’ll be discussing:

  • Legal structure of the hackerspace
  • Membership structure and guidelines
  • Work that still needs to be done to build out our online presence
  • Current projects

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please email