First I would like to thank Ashland Gallery for hosting us this weekend! It was a great meeting and a lot of fun.
Dana had his IR sensor LED table on display and it was pretty amazing. The colors are bright and vivid and the project case is really well done. This is going to be a great hit at LoDa Artwalk for sure 🙂
Patrick Davis had his drone setup and demonstrated the wireless telemetry feature. He and several other members discussed a project to fly an unmanned drone over Mobile Bay, so stay tuned for updates!
Rick Green brought several boards and discussed the applications of each with new members. One board of interest was the Beagle Bone Black. This little board packs a huge punch and is great for applications where processing power is paramount. He also spoke about the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino.
That’s right, we are planning a workshop on August 24th from 2pm – 4pm. This will focus on getting you familiar with the Arduino board and the programming environment. No prior knowledge with electronics or programming will be necessary. We will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available. If you, or someone you know is interested, let us know!
Just an update to let everyone know what’s been happening lately…
- We are official! Rick Green has been hard at work getting all of the paperwork filled out to become incorporated and to register as a non-profit organization. Earlier this week he took to Google+ to let us all know this has been completed!
- BBQ! Somehow Rick also found time to compete and place 4th in the “Big Flame BBQ” competition last weekend.
- Pretty Lights! Dana Spisak has been hard at work on a project for next weeks Artwalk event. If anyone else is working on anything and wants us to post it send Patrick Davis some pictures and a description.
- Banner has arrived! Johnathan R. did a great job on designing the logo for the organization. Today he let us know that we will have an official banner for our table at Artwalk. He will also have the banner at the meeting this Saturday so we can check it out.
We have a general meeting this Saturday @ the Ashland Gallery. This meeting is open to the public, so if you are interested in the group please feel free to stop by and say hello.
We will also be setting up a table for Artwalk on the 9th in Cathedral Square. Drop by and check out some projects!
These little guys are really easy to make and were a big hit at our booth at LoDa Artwalk last friday. Kids and adults were curious about how we made them and what they were for. So what is an LED throwie? It’s a battery powered LED that is magnetic. You can throw them against any magnetic surface and they will stick! Best of all, they are really easy to make.
Begin by sliding the LED over the battery. Make sure to match the negative and positive ends of the LED to the corresponding terminal on the battery. The longer wire protruding from the LED is the positive side. Don’t worry if you plug it in backwards as this will not damage the LED, it just won’t light up. Once the LED is lit, wrap the tape once around the battery and the LED.
Next, place the magnet against the battery and wrap the tape one more time. Congratulations! You have made your first LED throwie!
So we have just finished our first public event and the reception we got was great! The local community really responded to our message and were interested to see what we will be doing in the future. I have to give credit to Dana Spisak for pushing us to participate in Artwalk. It has been something we have discussed in the past, but we haven’t actually gotten motivated to do. Our LED Throwies were a big hit with kids and adults. The event has definitely spurred a lot of other activity and we have a few other updates:
We now have a Twitter and Flikr account for the Mobile Makerspace! This will allow us to get information out to our members and gives us a place to share our photos.
We have a new survey on the homepage. This will help us collect data about our users and make sure that we are aware of their needs, so please participate if you get a chance!
Several of us are meeting at Wintzell’s Oyster House on Dauphin Street this evening @ 6:30. We are gonna get together and talk over a meal with +Marshall Smith about experiences making software, hardware and other solutions in his new company in Colorado.