We had an awesome time at MakerFaire Detroit! It was great to see so many hacker/makerspaces about, we managed to talk with a few from as far as the Netherlands and as close as our Maker Works neighbor across the street. We saw Ribbon Farm’s awesome QuadCopter setup, i3Detroit in full force across the entire Faire, and BeagleBone educating the masses A quick wrap up of our involvement includes Jacob and a Banana, Power Wheels, 3D Scanning, Backyard Brains and Jango Fett:
All because of a couple dozen awesome volunteers. You ladies & gents are amazing. Also, thanks a ton to the Knockout Concepts crew for lending us their LCD during setup the day before!
Join us this Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to build Junk Bots at the AADL! Learn a little bit about electronics while resurrecting parts from old broken electronics. It’s like a Wreck Lab session, but with a bit more focus on making : )
First Aid for Hackerspaces! Join RN Ana Maier on Sunday the 16th for a review of your mighty skills, and go on a scavenger hunt to discover all the places we hide First Aid Kits.
Craig Albert of The Game Makers has lent us an Oculus Rift Dev Kit! Get your VR Programming on down at the shop today.
We’re also working with The Game Makers to fundraise money for both our organizations. The Game Makers seeks to promote game development, and we’re looking to sustain a place for the public to make & create! Join us on June 22nd for a day of Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift!
The Cube has been replaced with a new layout of multi-purpose workstations! (Thanks Barracuda, Zach, & Thomas) This weekend we will be running multiple workshops that teach people how to use a Kinect to create 3D Models of humans. This would not have been feasible with the previous setup.
Like most of the tools at All Hands Active, the PCs in the lab are free for general use. Blender, SketchUp, InkScape, Eclipse, Visual and much much more are available. The next time FedEx Kinkos tries to charge you $12 p/hour to edit a PDF, consider stopping by the shop ; ).
Also, thanks to Nate Yost & i3 Detroit, we have a fully armed and operational bat… laser printer.
Check out the rest of our upcoming events. We’re playing with Conductive Ink this Thursday at Build Night, join us!
We have a class on Octave on Tuesday, April 9th (Think MatLab but Open Source).
Massimo Banzi (Co-founder of the Arduino) is giving a free talk on Thursday, April 11th at the Michigan Theater as a part of the Penny W. Stamps Lecture series. We will be doing impromptu Arduino lessons all night long. Come to learn, or show off your awesome Arduino Project!
We removed The Cube and built a new Command Center Computer Lab, exciting announcements about that coming soon. As a result, the place now feels twice as large and four times as amazing. We measured it. It’s true.
Board Elections! If you are knowledgeable in the ways of Community Outreach and Serious Fundraising, AHA needs you!
Make sure to check out the events page to learn about all the upcoming things that you should know about! Notacon? Penguicon? We’re going, are you?