YuKonstruct – hackspace up north

On a new years eve we have been visited by small group of people from Whitehorse, YT. They said they are opening a hack space and they wanted to take look at ours so they will have better idea of what can be done, what are the possibilities. At first I have to admit that I thought that they are going to hack with moose and bears but as it turned out for the opening night they had over 220 people !!!. That is really impressive. If you will look into Whitehorse wiki page, you will see that the population is only 23 000. Having over 200 people at the start is impressive, having this many in small town like that is unbelievable. Well done. I encourage you to visit their website – http://yukonstruct.ca/ .

But the good news do not stop there. They already got a good dose of attention by sending a balloon in to the edge of space, just take look at that – CBC News 

Boardgames development night – Wednesday Feb 5th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to build your own board game? Do you have an idea or would like to help others build their games?

VHS will be running the another another Boardgame development night at VHS.

We are going to be developing our own card and board-games. These are going to be quick and dirty prototypes that we can use to test game mechanics and see what works and what doesn’t. We can do it in groups or as individuals. I will see if I can find some prizes for the best game, most complete game, most enjoyable, ect..

Ideas for prototyping your game

  • Use paying cards or business card and write playing card rules on the back of them
  • Print game pieces with the maker bot.
  • Cut out a game board out of cardboard and sharpie the game tiles on to it.
  • Laser cut parts
  • Make dice and other playing pieces out of paper * ect…

Game ideas

  • The pieces are controlled by brain scanning robots (Star-Wars-Science-Force-Trainer)
  • Servo controlled marionette battle it out based on pre programmed moves, Angelic_Layer, Real Steel * Rock paper scissors style samurai combat fighting Bushido_Blade
  • A game where you attempt to disarm a mad scientists dooms day device Operation
  • A game where you are a mad scientists and you are trying to prevent the James bond like people from wreaking your plans. mad-scientist-defense

Helpful links

Vancouver Hack Space
270 east 1st

Wednesday Feb 5th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Anyone who is interested in making or helping make a board-game.

Bottom liner
Steven Smethurst

Raspberry Pi protoboard/connector group buy – $US7 each

This is closed now.

I’ve chosen the adafruit design as it is open hardware (https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Prototyping-Pi-Plate).

The board manufacturer (iteadstudio.com) I use charges $US19.90 for 10 boards (will be green).   Shipping is about $US0.50-1 each (varies a lot with the weight).  I would like to kick at least $US1 per board to Adafruit for the use of their design. So that’s about $4 per board.



I looked around a lot for the tall connector then Adafruit started stocking them (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1658).  Let’s assume we have 10 takers that’s about $2.50ea with shipping.

Paypal will take a bit so let’s allow 50c for them.

That’s $US7 per board/connector pair!

So here is the deal.
– Let’s keep it simple, both connector and board, not one or the other.
– This is only for pickup at VHS, I don’t want to get into shipping stuff.
– Send me $US7 per set via paypal to (deleted, ordering is closed)
– I’ll leave this open until February 6th and order after that (ie after chinese new year).
– I’ll update the list weekly with quantities until this closes
– I’ll update the list with production status
– We should have the boards and connectors late Feb.
– If we get charged duty it will come from Adafruit’s cut
– I’m not taking anything, everything left will go to Adafruit.
– Once the boards are in I’ll send a cheque to Adafruit and a breakdown of the buy to the list
– I’m a decent guy, I don’t need to run with your $US7.
– Yes, I know I am in Canada, everything is priced in USD, I’m the messenger.
– No refunds.  We all have to share any risk involved (just saying this to be sure, not sure there is any risk).
– Designed by Limor Fried/Ladyada for Adafruit Industries. CERN OPEN HARDWARE LICENCE v1.1 http://www.ohwr.org/

Fun with lasers!

Although, I guess “fun” is always implied when lasers are involved. I shouldn’t have even bothered.


Here are some things lasers are good for:


1) Organizing your kitchen.


2.) Clamping stuff

Should I use THE CLAMPS?


3) Holding worm gears


4) Showing up 16th century engravers

Take that, Albrecht Dürer!


Anyway. I hope you’ve found this post informative, this has been an exhaustive list of everything that can be made with lasers.

I put the shelf rail clips on thingiverse if you’re interested, and I may put up the worm gear system, but it’s very loud and I don’t like things that are loud.

Making Quadcopters at Vancouver Hackspace

Published on Jan 19, 2014
Spent an afternoon at the Vancouver Hackspace to make a quadcopter using the instructions from:http://learn.marginallyclever.com/index.php/Betamax_Quadcopter I’ll post the step by step video of how to make this quadcopter. It was a fantastic session put on by the VHS to help Maker enthusiasts get started on a beginner kit for multi copters.

The frame is from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:221947

Music “Into Ether” by Jeremy Lim – http://jeremylim.ca/


Craft Night: Wed January 29th, 7:30-10:30 pm

Wednesday. Wednesday! WEDNESDAY (the 29th)! is craft night at VHS

Feel free to work on your crafty project, ask questions and for assistance, or just come to hang out with other crafty-minded people. Doors open to the public from 19:30 to 22:30. We’ll be knitting, sewing, and all other manner of fresh hands-on makery goodness.

What: Craft Night

Where: VHS (270 East 1st Ave aka The Bunker, http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/about/)

When: Wednesday January 29th @ 7:30pm

Why: Because crafts are fun

Who: Anyone and everyone, members or non-members, guests, etc… it’s a great opportunity to check our VHS if you’ve never been!

Cost: Free!

VHS Group picture 2014

Calling all members, guests, and friends of VHS. It is time for our yearly group picture. We will be taking a group picture of as many VHSers as we can at the space before the QGM meeting. This picture will be posted on the VHS blog, if you do not want your face shown in the picture WEAR A MASK. Join us
Who: all members, guests and anyone else, that want to be in the group picture.
What: VHS Group picture
Where: VHS bunker
When: Jan 26, 2013 at 11:30am SHARP show up early
Why: Show off who we are and how how much we have grown.

Repair Night: Wed January 15th, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

WHAT: Repair Night Drop-in
Wed, Jan 15th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
WHERE: 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 

Join us for a night of hacking and fixing just about anything. Come on down to the space with your broken computers, lamps, small appliances, buggy software, etc. Use our tools, get help, have fun.

If you’re new to VHS we can be hard to find. Walk through the parking lot to the back of the building, and go down the stairs. We’ll be there.


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 1A6 

WHY: To learn how the internet works and how to fix it! The first couple of”classes” will be an introduction and will cover what is considered a Network+ level of understanding. You’ll learn things like how to crimp an ethernet cable,  to how basic routing protocols work. Paired with a bit of studying on your own time you should be confident to take Network+ and with a bit more studying CCENT. Some of us are going for the CCENT afterwards as well so support will be available if you choose to do so. This will be a fast-paced class.

We’ll have networking equipment for demoing and will have some labs setup as well. This should be a good time. Beginners welcome for the first class for sure!

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

Your laptop, and if you have it enterprise grade networking gear for demos (we won’t be using this the first class)


  • Networking equipment, cables and tools
  • Network+ and CCENT certification documentation
  • Network simulators

Some Photos From Learn To Solder Night