MakerLabs Grand Opening

MakerLabsOur good friends at MakerLabs are having their Grand Opening party (in collaboration with Aurora Digitalis) this Friday to introduce the world to their brand new makerspace, and the VHS horde is invited!

“After 9pm on Friday the 4th, we’ll be turning on many projectors, a whole bunch of sound and transforming the MakerLabs into a futuristic experience. There will be interactive installations, a wearable augmented-reality maze, blinky things and so much more.”

Sounds like an experience you don’t want to miss.  If you agree, you’ll want to RSVP as space is limited!

Arduino Open Night – July 10th @ 7PM

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On Thursday 10th we’re having a Arduino Open night at VHS, 7pm ish.  Bring your Arduino(s) down and talk to fellow hackers about the projects you’re making with them.  Struggling with a sketch, bring it down and lets see what we can do for you.  Don’t have an Arduino?  No problem, Lees Electronics or Dan Royer’s vending machine can help you.  Prefer bare metal, no problem, lets talk AVR shall we?

What: Arduino Open Night
Where: VHS Bunker, 270 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
When: Thursday 10th July at 7pm or so
Cost: Free

PS: Did you know there are Arduino available in the VHS vending machine?

Canada Day Open House Tentatively Cancelled

Unfortunately, because of Canada Day (and the nice weather), we currently don’t know if we’ll have enough keyholders to keep the space open for our regular open house tonight. As such, tonight’s open house is tentatively cancelled.

Before heading down, please check our Twitter, Facebook, blog or http://isvhsopen.com/ to see if we are open tonight.

Our apologies for the late update!

SMD Soldering Beginner Workshop

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This is a beginners SMD workshop. You’ll be taken through a technique for solder smd components and then get a chance to build the board shown in the photo.  The price is the cost of the parts including battery.

People should have some soldering experience – the focus will be on SMD soldering, not soldering in general.  All tools and materials will be provided.  Please consider bringing your own soldering iron with a fine tip – it is easier if you can keep working with the same tool.  Whilst anyone is welcome, first time SMD solderers are preferred.  There will be an advanced workshop on July 24, tickets and cost TBD.

If you are unable to attend you can receive a refund up to 1 week beforehand, after that you can receive your parts or nominate someone to attend in your place.

There are limited tickets for this event as this is the first run of this circuit.  There will be more of these events in the near future.

When: July 17 at 7pm
Where: VHS Bunker. 270 E 1st Ave
Cost: $4.50 plus eventbrite fee

Eventbrite - SMD 101 - basic smd soldering workshop

Schlage BE365 deadbolt hacking

We have a keypad dead bolt on the front door that has been slated for adaption to rfid for ages.  About 6 months ago we dismantled the lock and tapped the wiring to the solenoid.  The solenoid is tiny, it doesn’t open the lock, just engages the knob so human power can open the lock (hence you get 2 years on a 9V battery).  The tapping was tricky, we had to use wirewrap wire to pass the signal through the tiny wire channel from the outside of the door to the rear panel.  The lock has been functioning for 6 months with this tap in place so the job was successful.

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This weekend we finally put a scope on the wiring to the solenoid to characterise it so we can emulate the keypad electronics with an Arduino.  This scope trace shows the bolt being withdraw by the keypad electronics.  It applies 5V in one direction, waits about 10s for someone to unlock the door and then applies 5V in the other direction to disengage the knob from the bolt.  As the scope trace shows, it is 5V @ 100ms, easy to emulate.

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The goal is for the powered down state to revert to keypad usage ie. we can give out keypad codes over the phone when the power/internet are out.  Here is the schematic of the shield we’ve built.  It turns out that the voltage applied is actually 5V but the rest of the original design is still appropriate.

Next week hopefully we’ll get the shield installed and wired up to the Pi managing the system.

Maker Faire 2014 – Soldering Workshop Kit Instructions

Thanks to everyone for another great Maker Faire this year.  We hope to see everyone there in 2015 for the big 5th year of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!

The VHS soldering workshop area was popular as always, especially thanks to the new line following robot kit this year (we sold out Sunday afternoon!).  We also had lots of people learning to solder the blinky LED badge kits

If you didn’t get a chance to build a kit this year, don’t worry, you can come to VHS on one of our open nights and use one of our soldering irons.  We have lots of the blinky badge kits leftover ($3), and we will have a few of the Line following robot kits ($20) available this evening as well.

Here are the instructions for the kits:
Line Following Robot Instructions
Blinky Instructions

SHHH 2^6 – Super Happy Hacker House 32 – 2014-June-21

Hello Hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters and Makers
The Vancouver HackSpace is opening its doors to the general public for an open house and a Super Happy Hacker House #32
  • Open house –  (2PM till 6 PM) Never been to a hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit! We will give you the grand tour of the space. There will be a BBQ on site during the day if you want to bring something down to cook.
  • Super Happy Hacker House - (9 PM – Late). SHHH a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacking.  Bring your laptops, Arduinos, crafts, and gadgets for a night of merry making!
  • Lightning talks – (11PM). Lightning talk is a short presentation on any subject that you want. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and several talks will happen in a single period by different speakers. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks. Here is a video of some of our previous lightning talks
>>>>>>>>  Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP ! <<<<<<<<
Where:
“The Bunker”
270 1st Ave E,
Vancouver, BC, V5T 1A6
or 49.268764,-123.098187 for the numerically inclined.
Parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be brought inside via the garage door. To get here via transit: get off at Main St. – Science World station, walk South down Main to 1st Ave (past McDonald’s), turn left onto 1st Ave.  Walk until you see the VHS sandwich board (past the “Stay away from lonely places” sign, directly across the street from the Brinks building).
When:
Saturday June 21st, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 22th.
Who:
Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.

DevboardAholics Anonymous Night

Do you have more devboards than you have projects? Is the teetering pile of boards threatening to topple and crush a household pet? Do you have a google alert for “arduino compatible” on kickstarter? Can you use boards running “blink” instead of christmas lights? Are the sketchy radio dev boards heating your house, and cooking eggs in their shell if you put them on the workbench?

It might be time to admit that you have a problem – and then celebrate that problem with the rest of us!

Bring your boards down for a collaborative show and tell.

What: Showing off and chatting about different developer boards
Where:  VHS (270 east 1st http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/about/ )
When: June 23rd, 2014. 7:30PM.
Why: we need a reason?.
Who: Anyone with or interested in different devboards
Cost: Nothing upfront, but you know in a moment of weakness, you’ll probably end up buying more…

 

SMD May – programming jig

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This week we’re building Logic Pirate open hardware logic analysers at VHS in our SMD workshops.  The ICSP header is 0.05″ pitch so I came up with a top and bottom programming jig to load the initial firmware.  Tickets are closed, if there is demand we’ll re-run the workshop later this year.

The LP is currently OOS at Seeed (http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/Logic-Pirate-p-1750.html), I’m selling the extra PCBs on Tindie (https://www.tindie.com/products/TomKeddie/logic-pirate-dangerous-prototypes-pcb-only).

The doco page on the LP is at http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Logic_Pirate. As above you need a pickit to program the initial bootloader and firmware image. The hex file can be found at http://dangerous-prototypes-open-hardware.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/Logic_Pirate/AN1388_Source_Code_V2012_10_05/PIC32_Bootloaders/Firmware/logic_pirate_combined_2013-06-25.hex.

The Mouser project is at http://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=0a63fc5366

SMD May PCBs arrive just in time

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The circuit boards from dirty pcbs for SMD May are here just in time. The Logic Pirate is a nice cheap compact logic analyser design by Markus Gritsch. More at Dirty PCBs and Dangerous Prototypes.