We got another couple shipments of parts for our Educube project:
The main component of our project is a Arduino clone called the Diavolino, sold by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories . The Diavolino uses the same ATMega328P microcontroller that comes in the Arduino Uno, but is quite a bit cheaper. The nice folks at Evil Mad Scientist were nice enough to sell us a few without microcontrollers, and we ordered the 328Ps from Element14.
Each individual cube communicates with adjacent cubes over IR. We ordered 10 Vishay IR transceivers, but they came sealed up in this package covered in dire warnings, so I chose not to break them open until we have boards ready for them.
I spent a couple hours tonight putting the Diavolino kits together. They were pretty quick, and should be a good platform for the rest of the build.
We’re calling off our Arduino 201 class due to low enrollment, and having an Arduino 101 class instead.
If the snowpocalypse deprived you of your Arduino 101 class a couple weeks ago, come on in Tuesday night for a make-up.
Arduino 101 will also be taught the first week of March, and Arduino 201 will be taught near the end of March.
Time: Tuesday, Feb 15 6:30pm – 8:30pm
For obvious reasons our Public Meeting, scheduled to occur on Monday, February 14, 2011 6:30 PM has been cancelled. We may be rescheduling this meeting for a later day in the week or the following week.
Keep your eyes peeled, and enjoy your Valentines Day!
UPDATE: We’ve shifted the meeting schedule by one week to accommodate. Our meetings will resume our normal every other week schedule starting on the 21st of Febuary. Our Meetup and Eventbrite calendars have been adjusted to reflect this change.
If you enjoyed our Introduction to Arduino class, come back for the next class!
In Arduino 201, we’ll be using the Processing framework and the Firmata library for the Arduino to interact with the Arduino from a graphical user interface.
This class will build on the Darkness Detector circuit we built in Arduino 101, adding calibration knobs for high and low, and outputting the resulting data to a graph using Processing.
Students should be familiar with the concepts and circuits taught in Arduino 101, specifically reading analog inputs and the voltage divider circuit used in the Darkness Detector.
Knowledge of Processing is not required.
What to Bring
- A laptop (we have a few spares, let us know if you need to reserve one)
- Your arduino kit (or order one with the class)
All classes in the Arduino Track require the Arduino Kit (external link to Adafruit).
Buy it now ($15 off with tuition) and reuse it for the rest of the classes!
This is the follow up class to our Introduction to Electronics class. Did you attend the first class and get the book and the supplies? Then you only need to sign up for the class. Did you not make it to the first class but want to jump into the electronics with the book and the supplies? We’ve got you covered here, too!
We are excited to announce Thursday, the 16th of December as the date for our first ever Introduction to the Arduino class. We’re announcing this early so that you have plenty of time to get an order in for an Arduino of your own that you can bring to the class. But, even if you don’t have an Arduino of your own, you can still come to the class and learn all about what these awesome little devices do!
What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
You can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos.
Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)
Cost: $10.00 for non-members/supporting members (does NOT cover the cost of an Arduino, although small electronic components will be available for your use)
Cost: FREE for full members
Please contact us with ANY questions or suggestions about this class. We are looking forward to seeing lots of new faces at this class.
If you pre-register for the class using the button below, we will have an arduino + electronics kit for you at the class!
On Wednesday, October 20, Workshop 88’s own president Russ Lankenau will be hosting “Revitalize your computer with linux”. Do you have an older computer at home that you don’t know what to do with? Learn how to breathe new life into your machine that you didn’t know it still had.
Date: October 20th, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)
ƅethan @flickr - My Konica & Me
Tuesday the 12th of October, William will teach our first Practical photography class. It will cost $10 and you’ll need to bring your own camera. The class will start at Workshop 88 at 6:30pm. We’re trying something new, if you’re not already a member and want to join the Workshop after the class we’ll discount your first month’s dues the cost of the class!
Hey everybody, come on out to our Oktoberfest Open House today!
We’ll be working on projects all afternoon, and this event is open to the public, so if you have a project you’ve been working on, bring it along!
The open house starts at 2:30, and will last until we decide to head over to the local pub. We may even have some members bringing by homebrewed beer for the occasion.
This Sunday, starting at 2pm, our own Andrew Morrison will be teaching a class on the Physics of Music. A short description:
In this class we will explore some of the basic physics which governs the behavior of musical instruments. After exploring the science of resonance, pitch and timbre we will build some simple musical instruments out of common materials. By the end of the class you should come away with your own musical instrument and the ability to invent new musical instruments of your own design.
Tickets will be $10.00 for non-members and supporting members, and free for regular members. Material costs are TBD, but should be under $20.00. All payments will be accepted at the door.
Please let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll keep you updated!