Build Night with Chibitronics at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi! We have finished the Chibitronics December build night last week (khm, in January), and it was actually a lot of surprising fun! First of all, we have received the parts for the night about 2 months ago, and I've just put it in our storage, without checking the packing list, because it looked like everything is there, and there were plenty of things! When the build night started, imagine my horror not finding any of the copper tapes, not a single piece... Not sure when it disappeared, but there were a bunch of people who came for the hacking, so had to figure out something.... In the end, those "somethings" became our first build night instructable. People really seemed to enjoy prototyping, and learning about simple circuit ideas. Interesting experience explaining the workings of LEDs to completely non-technical people so they can get the "whys" of the circuit wiring - and they did get it very well! Since it was only LEDs for output, the projects were all light based, a hairband and a gift card. We had plenty of pieces left that people can use for projects gradually, and I think everyone left a bit smarter and more excited than they have arrived. Cheers! Greg

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Silhouette Build Night at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi, We just had our Silhouette Build Night in the Taipei Hackerspace yesterday. It was a blast, I was totally blown away by the many ideas people came with, even though we barely knew how to use the Silhouette paper cutter. We had participants of all ages, and many different backgrounds. The projects that came out of it, in no particular order: Dog silhouette cuts: apparently wiener dogs and corgis were the most popular, most just to keep, but there's an ongoing project to do a corgi-fan (hand-held fan in corgi shape) Custom cut name tags: because it's more fun than writing (Instructable) Cipher grille: because secrets are always fun, and it's easier than with scissors (Instructable); in the future might try circles instead of squares, that would look much cooler (hindsight...) Party props: most popular were lips and moustache, as usual... Flipbook: characters were cut and glued onto the flipbook, called "The missing piece" (Instructable) iPhone sicker: using some kind of 3D effect sticker, cut a it in the shape of the iPhone, perfect fit Pop-up word card: know the kind of greeting cards that you open up and there's a quasi-3D scene or text? That kind! Vitruvian man decoration: use transparencies with printed Vitruvian man, cut it out, then assemble into globes  for home decor (Instructable) Greeting card: creating a design with generous negative spaces, and use two layer of paper to assemble. Font selection is important (Techno Overload works quite well!) All in all it was good fun. I think we've ruined our mat by cutting too deep occasionally, running test cuts without pulling in the mat to the right position, sticking the printed transparency with the printed side down, and these little things. The biggest issues were the cut setting selection (lots of trial and error), and creating the design (now we have much better idea how to make JPEGs that work well in Silhouette Studio, but sometimes it was tricky using images grabbed from the net) Cheers! Greg

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Build Night with littleBits at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi everyone, Just reporting from the Taipei Hackerspace regarding the littleBits build night last month. It was a very popular event, a lot of people were brought in by littleBits. It was the first time I myself tried them, and it was amazing to see how many things people have built, from kids to grownups, everyone was hacking. Haven't really happened such thing many times before. The event had a requirements that the resulting projects need to use the Arduino module. While it was awesome tool, most people were just doing analog electronics. Needed some time after the build night to hash out some projects that would be eligible for us to submit. Fortunately did come up with a few, and it was a lot of fun. In the process I think we have fried one Arduino module, but the rest of it is still being used every time we have visitors to the Hackerspace. Here are our projects from the build night: littleGoal: world cup notifier littleTea: robotic tea brewing littleWork: working hours notifier Cheers, and thanks for this opportunity! Greg

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Built of recycled materials, but is it "green"?

Construction is nearing completion in Taipei of a plastic bottle building. Technically a temporary structure, "the world's lightest, movable, breathable environmental miracle" (say the designers) is also strong enough to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.  The building will eventually become an exhibition space. Much is being made of the structure's "green" credentials - LED lighting, and particularly the construction material; 1,500,000 recycled PET bottles. That sounds great, and in most of the news coverage of the structure (such as the BBC and Treehugger) it sounds like the building is built directly of bottles that have been re-shaped somehow (maybe squashed in a heated mould).  The bottles even have lids, and they talk about filling them with air, water or sand to change the thermal properties of the building.. It turns out, though, that the building material is not "PET bottles", but "PET bottles chopped up, melted and re-formed into much thicker-walled bottles intended solely for building", branded as Polli-Bricks. OK, still recycled, still greener than most building materials, but it smacks of spin to just say the building is built of bottles. The Polli-Bricks are impressive - individually nice to look at, and fitting together snugly "like Lego" - but there is no indication of how much energy is spent creating them.  They are made by Hymini, but the Hymini website flashes up all sorts of alarms with my firewall and anti-virus as an "attack site".  There is more information at Miniwiz as well, but some of the links there also trigger alarms. Maybe I'm being a wet blanket. It is a nice building, after all. What do you think? GreenMuze article

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Jameco Build Night at Taipei Hackerspace

Greetings from Taipei Hackerspace, I'm Greg, one of the co-founders, and the organizer for the August Build Night (well, afternoon) in out space. First of all, thanks for Instructables and Jameco for this, this was our firstit was a really fun opportunity, and surely learned a lot from it. :) We had a relatively small turnout, partly because our Hackerspace is dual-language (Chinese and English) and I can only speak/write one of them, and also because next time we'll need some more preparation and engagement of the community. Still, we had very interesting folks, from ex-NASA engineer, through business guy and biomedical major, to journalist. Everyone seemed to have learned some new things and had a great time. We haven't built anything really fancy, but had good time figuring out the basics, and the 555 timer is simple enough to get started with, and in the same time complex enough to puzzle us with strange circuit bugs :P Our instructables from the event: -> Annoying screaming light -> Ticking bomb package (any bonus points for reusing the package we got the build night components in?:) -> Thankful donation jar As some feedback, the grab-bag of electronics was in general interesting, there were some parts that the more knowledgeable members told me to "hide it away because it's highly sought after". Had a big load of LEDs too (more than we would have ever used for the build night) and the big variety of resistor was a good idea. I was missing one thing: since the build night is centered around the 555 timer, maybe a larger number and variety of capacitors would have been useful (there were about 5 pieces in the entire package, while had at least 60 LEDs), since pretty much every 555 circuit uses a bunch of different caps. More photos from our event are at (no login required). Cheers!

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October Build Night with Dodocase at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi everyone! We just had our recent Dodocase VR build night at the Taipei Hackerspace. I was a bit afraid beforehand because this is the first time we had a build night more around a complete product instead of a kit or parts, and was a bit out of ideas (beyond the ones mentioned in the announcement). It worked out pretty well, though, and a lot of people were interested in the kit and VR in particular, very useful for reachout. The projects made at the event: * Virtual Reality Kinetoscope Parlor * Low-magnification microscope * Recycling the packaging material for head mounts Attached some pictures from the results. We were also working on low-tech 3D viewing, such as printing images that could be used with the kit in the absence of a smartphone. Got some prototypes but they don't work reliably just yet. Need to figure out the field of view and positioning better. Cheers! Greg from the Taipei Hackerspace

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Cool Neon Build Night at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi everyone, Just checking in from Taipei Hackerspace. We have just finished out Build Night last weekend. It was 5-6 of us hacking away on electro-luminescent wire projects. Started in the afternoon, fortunately got dark by the time we had anything to try. The results are: [Hack] light into the night, and maybe even party Simple neon display, or pimped up to be light beats for music Galloping horse display Animated display, go horsie go! There are more photos on our Facebook page. It was fun, with some lessons learned: * I should have checked out the hardware we get before the event, had to scramble to find some example code for the Cool Neon Shield, how to use it * the Shield behaves a bit weird, when the driver is used in the "on" setting (as opposed to "blink"), the light "latches" - once the arduino turns it on, it won't turn off until the power is removed. Worked around this by using things in blink mode, but not idea * will have to use a wall-plug driver for the shield later, as the batteries are not powerful enough to make it look good when more than one EL wire is on (it's brighter on the pictures/video than with eyes). * people love things that light up :) Cheers! Greg

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Turn Signal Bike Jackets

Looks like Leah Buechley has been busy making even more Turn Signal Bike Jackets. From her Flickr post: on the steps of Shih Chien U, prototyped by me w/ parts from the taipei electronics markets & made by (awesome) Shih Chien University fashion students via CRAFT

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Spinning Skyscraper + Damper Ball

For the civil engineers out there, check out this daring piece of architecture: a tower whose floors are independent and can turn on voice command. Each floor is built pre-fabricated off-site and then attached to the tower, and the building creates its own energy using wind turbines and solar power. Of course, for the building to look as smooth as it does below, you'll have to ask all of your neighbors to turn their houses or offices just so.Link via GizmodoOn the subject of skyscrapers, there's more--an insight into how the Taipei 101, the world's second tallest building (at the moment), survived the May earthquake in Sichuan, China. The building uses a 728-ton ball, suspended between five floors in the upper part of the tower, to damp vibrations from high winds or ground tremors. You can watch a video of the damper ball moving during the earthquake here.Link via Gizmodo and Deputy Dog

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2008 IgNobel Prizes announced!

The IgNobel Prizes are awarded annually for research which "cannot, or should not, be reproduced"; achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". The prizes are meant in good humour, and many winner pay their own way to attend the ceremonies. Past winners have been known to return to ceremonies in later years to show off their achievements to a receptive audience (this year it was a sword-swallowing doctor).The Japanese team that showed slime moulds can solve mazes sang their acceptance speech.The Winners:NUTRITION PRIZE.Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is. They also showed that playing the sound of bacon frying can make ice-cream taste bacony.PEACE PRIZE.The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) and the citizens of Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE.Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, for measuring how the course of history, or at least the contents of an archaeological dig site, can be scrambled by the actions of a live armadillo.BIOLOGY PRIZE.Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert, and Michel Franc of Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse, France for discovering that the fleas that live on a dog can jump higher than the fleas that live on a cat.MEDICINE PRIZE.Dan Ariely of Duke University, USA, for demonstrating that high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine.COGNITIVE SCIENCE PRIZE.Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Agota Toth of the University of Szeged, Hungary, for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.ECONOMICS PRIZE.Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan of the University of New Mexico, USA, for discovering that a professional lap dancer's ovulatory cycle affects her tip earnings.PHYSICS PRIZE.Dorian Raymer of the Ocean Observatories Initiative at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, and Douglas Smith of the University of California, San Diego, USA, for proving mathematically that heaps of string or hair or almost anything else will inevitably tangle themselves up in knots. Their paper has one of the best genuine research titles I have seen for a long time: Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String.JOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Sharee A. Umpierre of the University of Puerto Rico, Joseph A. Hill of The Fertility Centers of New England (USA), Deborah J. Anderson of Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (USA), for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicideJOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Chuang-Ye Hong of Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang (all of Taiwan) for discovering that Coca-Cola is not an effective spermicide.LITERATURE PRIZE.David Sims of Cass Business School. London, UK, for his lovingly written study "You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations."Journal of Improbable ResearchThe site will be hosting video of the ceremony in the next few days.

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October 2014 Build Night with DODOcase

50 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, September 9. Accepted spaces will be notified by Wednesday, September 10. OCTOBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with DODOcase, maker of award winning, handmade cases and sleeves for tablets and phones, for our October 2014 build night. DODOcase recently developed a Smartphone Virtual Reality Viewer inspired by Google’s Cardboard Project (**more info below). Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes: (10) DODOcase Cardboard VR Toolkits - you must have an iPhone or Android to use the kit. At your build night we would like you to make physical mods to the kits and/or develop new software to support to support the Google Cardboard Project. Some suggestions for the VR Kit Hacks (physical and electronic): Adding a strap Accommodating glasses Trucker Hat attachment Colors/Designs for it Applications using Accelerometers Content/Apps for iPhone and Android Game controllers Any other mods that are “outside the box” **About DODOcase VR DODOcase believes the next million VR experiences will come from mobile devices and has made it possible for the masses to explore VR in a cost effective, attainable way with the DODOcase Smartphone Virtual Reality Viewer. The company's build-your-own kit costs only $25 and will allow anyone the ability to experience VR. Inspired by the Google cardboard kit announced at the I/O conference, DODOcase was quick to act by designing and developing its own version of the viewer and an app (in beta) to go with it. Since June 26th, the company has sold more than 15,000 units to VR enthusiasts and developers around the world.  DODOcase is looking to connect with content and app developers who are pioneering the VR space. Email DODOcaseVR HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night or day in October (any night/day) to host a project build night using the Google Cardboard VR Toolkits. You can host multiple build nights during October to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using the Google Cardboard VR Toolkits. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. CHALLENGE The space that submits the Instructable with the most unique mod of the DODOcase Google Cardboard VR Toolkit or content/app for iPhone or Android will receive a copy of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate. Grand Prize (Autodesk Design Suite): Virtual Reality Kinetoscope Parlor by Taipei Hackerspace Honorable Mentions ($25 DODOcase Gift Certificate): Deadmau5 VR DODOcase by Techlab217 How to make DODOCase VR kit V 1.2 from your old V 1.1 by Cairo Hackerspace   SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above. This is a 2-step sign up process. YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by September 10 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the DODOcase Cardboard VR Kits without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Kit Instructional Video DODOcase Blog Google Cardboard Project DODOcase App (beta) Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN US ON SOCIAL Follow us and reach out on social media! Twitter: @DODOsays, @DODOcaseVR, @Instructables, #dodocaseVR JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when new events are announced in the forums. Please only sign up if you are not already on the build night mailing list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

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