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MiniMakerFaireToronto == Awesome

think|haus members spent the last couple of days representing Hamilton’s hackerspace at the MiniMakerFaire in Toronto and had an absolute blast. If you’re in the GTA and you missed it… well, you missed a whole lot! Plan on being there next year I guess.

Here’s a bunch of pictures from the weekend.

If you think MakerFaire is cool, keep your eyes peeled for SoOnCon2011 this fall and SoOnCamp2012 next summer.

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think|haus is going to Toronto Maker Faire

You should join us this weekend at the Toronto Maker Faire

http://makerfairetoronto.ca/

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is the ultimate celebration of making, crafting, DIY-ing, tinkering, hacking and sharing. It’s a weekend where makers of all kinds will show off their projects and hold how-to workshops, with hands-on activities for all ages. Exhibits on display will include robots, laser cutting, letterpress printing, a 3D print gallery and kinetic sculptures.

Here’s what we’re bringing…

Think|Haus is Hamilton’s shared work space / social space and collective all about hacking, crafting, DIY and doing awesome stuff. The history of Hamilton is intertwined in the “make it happen” ethos of the DIY mechanic, the basement engineer, the warranty violator, the patent ignorer.

Members of Think|Haus will be on hand at Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire to soak in all the maker goodness, and to show off some of their own projects. Come see their entry into the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge, a CNC egg decorating machine, some robots, an ornery do-nothing box, a magic mirror, and other great stuff. They’ll also have an operating ham radio station, where they’ll be talking and texting people around the world, using HF radio waves and amateur satellites. And if we’re really lucky, they may even make a radio contact with the International Space Station.

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GGHC2011 – think|tubes Demo Video

This is the final video documentation in the Element14 sponsored Great Global Hackerspace Challenge of 2011.

TH-GGHC2011 think|tubes Demo Video from Think Haus on Vimeo.

think|tubes by think|haus

Our concept for think|tubes was to make an expandable, modular system which allows the measurement and recording of various physical phenomena. We’ve built some sample exercises, such as a device to measure how hard someone can punch. This fun activity engages students, while teaching concepts of levers, acceleration, and force. Other sensors, such as light, temperature, barometric pressure, etc. are easily added to the think|tubes, allowing for customized usage. Any lesson plan that would benefit from experimentation and measurement can use think|tubes.

Beyond measurement in the classroom, however, think|tubes can be used throughout the school. An applause meter at a school talent show, a game show buzzer system for fun quizzes, or a timing system for track and field – all of these uses are easy to add to think|tubes due to its modular design, standard Arduino hardware, and the bus which allows communications between modules.

think|tubes make learning tangible. They provide a hands on way to interact with the physical world. Think it, do it, measure it, learn it. With think|tubes.

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GGHC2011 – think|tubes by think|haus

The think|haus entry into the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge sponsored by Element14 is finished. Mostly.

think|tubes are an educational tool for use in a K-12 school setting. They function as a multimeter for the real world. Learning concepts such as mechanical advantage is much easier if students can see and measure the effects of gears, levers, pulleys, etc. Other concepts are difficult because processes occur over time, and are not easily observable. Data logging allows long term observation, making time elapsed changes visible and measurable.

Our concept for think|tubes was to make an expandable, modular system which allows the measurement and recording of various physical phenomena. We’ve built some sample exercises, such as a device to measure how hard someone can punch. This fun activity engages students, while teaching concepts of levers, acceleration, and force. Other sensors, such as light, temperature, barometric pressure, etc. are easily added to the think|tubes, allowing for customized usage. Any lesson plan that would benefit from experimentation and measurement can use think|tubes.

Beyond measurement in the classroom, however, think|tubes can be used throughout the school. An applause meter at a school talent show, a game show buzzer system for fun quizzes, or a timing system for track and field – all of these uses are easy to add to think|tubes due to its modular design, standard Arduino hardware, and the bus which allows communications between modules.

One of the great strengths of the think|tubes system is its flexibility. It can be used by anyone – no technical knowledge is required. The various measurement tasks are menu driven, and can be operated by staff or students at all levels without any specialized training. However, for those more technically inclined, the system has limitless possibilities. Additional sensors can be added, new code can be written to accommodate almost anything educators and their students can dream up.

think|tubes make learning tangible. They provide a hands on way to interact with the physical world. Think it, do it, measure it, learn it. With think|tubes.

Project Details on the think|haus wiki and videos on the think|haus vimeo site.

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GGHC2011 – Update #4

It’s not a panic… yet.

We’ve got about 5 hours to go at this point… forgot to upload the video once it was done!

TH-GGHC2011 – Update The Fourth from Think Haus on Vimeo.

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GGHC2011 – Update #3

Off the rails…

Sorry folks, things got a little bit out of hand there.

We’re back, we’ve got work underway and it’s going to be alright.

Watch the video and you’ll better understand.

GGHC2011 – Update Video #3 from Think Haus on Vimeo.

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GGHC2011 — Week Two Update

An update on our progress on the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge 2011 – Week Two!

Time is flying fast…

think|haus GGHC2011 – Week Two Status Video from Think Haus on Vimeo.

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GGHC2011- Manifesto Pencast

Here’s the pencast that we put together with the help of Zoe Branigan-Pipe (@zbpipe) describing what we’re planning on doing for our submission to the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge.

think|haus GGHC Pencast from Think Haus on Vimeo.

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Lazzoring is Serious Business

Last night, Jamie discovered that acrylic lights on fire rather like grease does – quickly and with no warning. Fortunately, quick thinking and a fire extinguisher means that we only need to replace some plastic bearings, the viewport acrylic, and maybe some optics. And clean a lot.

From Laser fire…

Note the poster at the top left…

More photos available on teh picasa.

No one was hurt, and we learned a lot. Like, that knowing how to operate the fire extinguisher is important BEFORE there’s a fire in front of you.

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Two Years of RELOADED…

It’s kind of unbelievable.

Two. Years. Later.

Here’s the post that started it all — posted to http://hamiltonhackerspace.com on March 19th, 2009…


Alright, due to all kinds of ridiculous factors… things went a little sideways on us.

In the best spirit of the Cult of Done =-> and fellow hackers Bre and Kio =-> we’re going to give this another kick in the pants…

This time, it’s for real.

Hamilton Hacker Space Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 @ 7pm.

Location: TBD (depending on response)

Please RSVP and let us know if you’re coming – or even vaguely interested in coming.
email: myrcurial@hamiltonhackerspace.com
twitter: @hamiltonhacker

It’s going to be teh HAWESOME.

For more info on hackerspaces, have a look at our nearest neighbors Hacklab.TO or any of the other spaces listed on the International HackerSpaces Wiki


And here’s the way I first described what I’d hoped for a Hamilton Hacker Space…


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:52 PM, someone wrote:

Hi there, my friend and I are interested in coming tomorrow, but we don’t really know what to expect. What will be going on? What’s this all about? Will there be a lot of people? etc.

Thanks,

What to expect? Heck, at this point, I can’t even answer that!

What’s going on? The long and short of it is simply this… a long time ago, I was challenged by some people who are now the leaders / supporters / mouthpieces of various hackerspaces to put one together in Hamilton.

It’s time we either did it or shrugged and gave up.

I’m hoping that a bunch of people who are probably at lot like us — hackers (not the evil kind, but the kind that like to take things apart and put them back together), crafters, makers, diy’ers, people who get excited inventing stuff and building things and teaching others and… well, you get the idea – people who think that Make Magazine and Craft Magazine and BoingBoing and Instructables are awesome, people who build robots and write code and felt their own mittens, and… all of it… get together and talk about how we didn’t know that any of us were even here and wouldn’t it be great if we could lean on each other, work together sometimes, share tools and resources and knowledge and capacity.

Ultimately, I want to have the group open a ‘hackerspace’ — in the tradition of “the design patterns for hackerspaces” discussed at CCC, HOPE and other conferences — a place like HacDC, NYC Resistor, Noisebridge, CCCKC, PumpingStationOne and Canadian places like Protospace and Hacklab.TO and VHS and Foulab — a place where we can do all the projects that won’t fit into our houses/apartments/bedrooms.

Will there be a lot of people? I have no idea! At this point, I’m pretty sure that it’s more than 10 and less than 30 — but the Kitchener-Waterloo people were expecting around 10 and got 30, and I know that Hamilton’s about 2.5x the size in terms of sheer population….

So – please come, it may be crashingly boring or it may be awesome – either way :)


We moved into think|haus version 1.0 on July 1st 2009 and into our current space (think|haus version 2.0) on November 20th, 2010.

Wouldn’t you love to be part of something as cool as this?

Yeah.

Me too.

Happy Two Year Anniversary think|haus — 21 members — and tonight, a weekday evening at 9pm, there are 7 members and 3 guests… working on projects, laughing, socializing and making very cool things

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