Virtual Reality Night is Really Happening

and I mean happening, can you dig it?

Monday, Decemeber 23rd, starting at 7pm. Bring your VR gear, bring your curiosity, bring a little something for the donatio box, and check out what’s on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology. This is your chance to try Occulus Rift goggles and see what VHS is all about. Get there early as space and time are limited.

See the MeetUp page for more info.

SHHHH 0x1F – Super Happy Holiday Hacker House – 2013-12-13

What: Super Happy Holiday Hacker House 0x1F!

Friendship always finds a way.

Friendship always finds a way.

The members of the Vancouver Hack Space are pleased to invite all members, non-members, guests, friends and Mayors-of-large-Canadian-cities to join together in some holiday merrymaking.

Never been to the hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit!  Super Happy Hacker House is 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 merrymaking!

Some festive things we could do:

Our good great fiends at Storm Brewing will be supplying us with some of their most exciting fall/winter brews.  Other beverages and some snacks will also be available.  Please feel free to bring something along to share with your old and new friends.  Please bring your own cup.  All donations to the hack space will be graciously appreciated.

Our brand new building (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 McDonalds), 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).

Friday December 13th, 2013. 7 pm until the early hours of the 14th.

Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.  Photo credits to Cr1mson King and David Firth.

Thank you to Lee’s Electronic

We recently received a very generous donation of electronic supplies from local Vancouver business Lee’s Electronic. Visit them online or on Main Street. They donated an amazing Mechanical Giraffe Kit, a soldering iron and a multimeter. We gave all of these items away to some lucky folks at the recent Toymageddon event. These giveaways help us to get kids and adults excited about electronics.

A big thank you goes out once again to Raymond and everyone else at Lee’s. VHS wouldn’t be what it is without donations from the Vancouver electronics community.




Photos from Toymageddon: Toy Hacking Night

Toy hacking night was a blast. Over 25 people were at the space, soldering, adding LEDs to toys, doing pitch hacks, and lots of other fun stuff. Toy hamsters were hacked, Iron Man got some new innards, and some keyboards got circuit bent. The VHS xmas tree was set up and our LED array was scrolling away. Good times! We also welcomed some super-fun kids and new visitors to the space. Thank you for coming!

A big thanks also goes to the VHS members who helped out, to Garnet Hertz and his toy hacking manual, and to our sponsor Lee’s Electronic. Visit Lee’s online or in store for all your electronics needs. Tell them VHS sent you.

And now, some photos:






Continue the tradition of the VHS’ X-mas Tree!

John C and Funvill set up the VHS XMas tree at VHS tonight. Come down and add some geeky ornaments to it, Or hack the tree its self.
Pull requests welcome

Read the Amazing poem about the tree from last year


Come hack away! hack away! hack away all!

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, tomfoolery and general chicanery using on EL wire and tape.
Come one, come all.   We need people of all skill levels and of none at all to come out and play with EL wire and EL Tape projects.  Bring out your EL Bike, your Tron cosplay, whatever you have and show it off.  It will be an afternoon of learning, bragging, and experimentation.  I will be there from 3PM-7PM, other may volunteer to keep it running as late as they wish.  Yes, this is the last Sunday before Christmas.   Wouldn’t you rather be safe in The Bunker than braving the malls anyway?
Event might be proceeded by a group-buy to get anyone interested the supplies to get started and old hands restocked.  If interested in trying to get a group buy together, check out the thread on the VHS-General mailing list to express interest.  We can all use more lights around the holidays!!

Make your own yarn swift! December 18, 2013 7:30pm – 10pm

(Posted by Inez)

Having recently discovered how useful yarn swifts are and how expensive they can be, I did some research to come up with an inexpensive, portable design that almost anyone can make or customize themselves.

Now I will help you make a yarn swift for yourself, or for a friend so that you no longer have to be their “human yarn swift”.

yarn swift      
The workshop costs $35 and it will take place on Wednesday December 18, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm.

This workshop will show you how to build your own portable yarn swift. The $35 workshop fee includes the materials to make the swift, instructions, and a $5 donation to VHS for the use of tools and the space. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Pre-payment is required so that the correct amount of materials can be purchased and prepared before the workshop. Payment closes at 11pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
Register for yarn swift workshop

You can bring the paper ticket with you if you wish, but it is not necessary; just confirm your name at the event to get your materials.

The materials for the yarn swift will be provided, but you may want to bring the following items if you wish to personalize your yarn swift:
- Patterned Duct/Duck Tape – to cover the wood base pieces
- 1/2 metre of fabric – to make your own drawstring carrying bag for the yarn swift. There are sewing machines at the Hackspace that you can use to sew up the bag.  String will be provided for the drawstring closure. You can use quilting cotton, but a medium weight cotton would probably be a better choice.
- scrap piece of cardboard approximately 5-inches wide by 7-inches long. This will be used to cover the top of the swift and prevent the bolts from damaging the carrying bag.

Toymageddon: Toy Hacking Night, Dec 4th, 7:30 – 10:30 PM

Event is SOLD OUT,   Attendee  Info Here

DATE: Wed, Dec 4th
TIME: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (new folks, please come at least 15 minutes early to get a quick safety tour)
COST:  $5 per person (members and non-members)
WHERE: Our new building (The Bunker) 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 
SPONSORED BY: Lee’s Electronics

Join us for a night of toy hacking! This is a theme night of socializing and having fun taking toys apart, seeing how they work, and trying to put them back together in weird and wonderful ways.

This is a theme night, not a workshop so instruction will be limited to soldering help and electronics troubleshooting as needed. Expect to have fun! If you’ve been thinking about checking out VHS, this is the perfect night for you! So come on down and say hello, hang out with us, and play!

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a member.

Bring your own toy and batteries. Remember there are no guarantees, so your toy should be one you won’t mind accidentally frying. Unless you are a pro, it’s best to stick to battery-operated toys that run on 9 volt, AA, AAA, or C batteries. Also bring snacks, drinks, your own cup, and any previously hacked toys you’d like to show off at the space.


  • door prizes!
  • access to hack space tools, soldering irons, glue guns, precision screwdrivers, etc.
  • soldering/electronics help if you need it

Space is limited, REGISTER HERE


Intro to Making Puppets workshop on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bring your imaginations, concept art and materials!

All puppet styles are welcome, from finger puppets to sock puppets to “muppet-style” puppets (whew, trademark lawsuit averted!). Even sock-monkeys are welcome at this artificial creature creation party.

VHS will try to have some supplies available, including enough polyfoam for the first 10 muppet-style puppets or so. But if you have your heart set on making something specific, we recommend bringing your own supplies. In all cases, scissors, needles, and thread are a good idea.

For a finger puppet, we recommend felt in the colours you prefer, and embroidery floss of matching (or interestingly contrasting) colour.

For a “muppet-style” puppet, foam, and a skin material of either synthetic fur or fleece in the colour of your choice.

For a classic sock puppet, fur, fabric or fleece in the colour or style you prefer. A sock would also work.

For a sock monkey, you will need a pair of socks, in a pattern and texture that you believe would make an attractive (or appropriately hideous!) monkey. And poly-fill stuffing.

If you’d like to get prepared early, we will be posting some handy links leading up to the event:

Dressew is a good place to get almost everything you will need, with a variety of affordable fur and fabric ends available at reasonable prices in their scrap bin. 337 West Hastings Street Vancouver, (604) 682-6196

If you plan on bringing your own foam, we recommend Discount Foam , at 6035 Fraser St., (604) 324-2927. The best foam for puppets is reticulated polyfoam in sheets of 1/2″ thick, and 2′ x 2′ would be enough to build one one standard-sized puppet.

This is a free workshop open to everyone, members or non members, guest, Everyone

1 pm, Saturday 7th of December, 2013

VHS (270 1st Ave E, Vancouver)

Bottom liner: 
Steven Smethurst 


Update. Picture from the workshop


2013-11-21: 3D Printer Night

We’ll have a brief tour of the space and our printers for newcomers, followed by a 3D printing 101 talk for those just getting started in printing.

Bring your printer or your curiosity.

No cover charge.  Our lonely donation jar would love your attention.

Everyone welcome! Membership not required for this event.

Starts at 19:30 and goes until late.