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SMD May – Logic Pirate

      The dangerous prototypes logic pirate is a new 8 channel logic analyser design from the home of the bus pirate.  It uses the open SUMP protocol supported by the ols java client software (Mac, Windows, Linux). This project is of similar difficulty to the internet of things arduino, except none of the chips are […]

SMD April – USB Isolator overview

You can see from looking at the block diagram above that the isolation is transformer based, it’s quite remarkable that they can fit 5 transformers in such a small package.  If you can’t attend the workshop the pcb files can be found on github and all the parts at Newark/Element14. Newark/Element14 have an excellent video […]

SMD April – USB Isolator

In one of the earlier SMD workshops I managed to temporarily kill my new macbook pro when I plugged in a prototype.  I revived it by removing the battery all the time chanting to myself, must get a usb isolator, must get a usb isolator, must get a usb isolator….. This is a nice simple […]

Lets get Touchey-Feely – Intro to Capacitve Sense Interfaces

What: Adding Capacitive Sense buttons or sliders to anything Where:  VHS (270 east 1st http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/about/ ) When: Saturday March 8th at 4:30pm Why: If you can make an art project, awesome; If you can make an art project that people can get intimate with, even better. Who: Anyone with some microcontroller and/or fpga experience. Basics […]

SMD March – Arduino Internet of things kitbuilding

There’s a lot of work that goes into putting workshops on at vhs.  In the photo below you can see some of the parts for the SMD March Internet of things board laid out ready for packing.  Many SMD components have no identifying markers – once they leave their supplier packaging it is tough to […]

SMD March – Internet of things board

For SMD March we’ll be building an Internet of things board. This is the heart of an arduino uno coupled with an ethernet interface to let you control leds, relays etc, plus read switch positions, temperature etc. all over Ethernet. Like a uno, it has a usb interface for programming with the Arduino GUI and […]

Introduction To Computer Networking Workshop Series – Mondays Starting January 20th

DATE: Mondays, January 20th – March 10 (excluding February 17) TIME: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (new folks, please come at least 15 minutes early to get a quick safety tour) COST:  Suggested minimum donation of 5$ per class to VHS for non-members WHERE: Our new building (The Bunker) 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T […]

SMD January – demo video now available

Here is a demo video of the awesome vhs led badge designed by Richard Sim.  These are mostly assembled, we’re holding workshops in January to finish the build and learn about how they work. This board has a Atmega 168/328 CPU connected to a 8×16 LED Matrix with both red and green leds via a […]

SMD January – VHS 5th Anniversary LED Badge

  The VHS 5th Anniversary LED badge is a Atmel 168 based board with an Altera CPLD driving a two colour 8×16 LED matrix.  Other features include a 5 way joystick, separate button, expansion header for i2c peripherals and a microphone.  The board was designed by Richard Sim and will be partly assembled by you! We […]

EL Project Workday

WHO:  Anyone who knows or wants to know anything about EL Wire/Tape WHAT:   A Geektastic Version of the ol’ Show-and-Shine WHEN: Sunday, 22 Decemer 15:00-19:00 WHERE:  The Bunker [270 East 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada] WHY:     ….   … …   cuz it’s shiny? BOTTOMLINER:   Miststlkr A chaotic and disorganized afternoon of working, planning, teaching, showing off, […]