VHS QGM Jan 26 2014 – Sunday


Its that time again for the next VHS QGM
If you have a topic that you want added to the agenda please email the list ASAP !

Cut off date for new business is 19th of Jan. (one week before)
Please make a new vhs-members list post about all new business before the meeting so we can talk about it.

Notes for this meeting:

Notes from last meeting: (QGM Oct 27th Sunday)


  • Electing a Secretary, and Chair to host the meeting.
  • Adoption of rules of order – Explanation of how the meeting will be operated.
  • Report of the directors/members (NO NEW BUSINESS)
    • Treasure – John C,
    • Membership – Tyson
  • Old business (from our last QGM)
    • Laser committee – Richard, Adam,
    • Luke is looking for recycling solution.
  • New business
    • 2 year lease for 270 East 1st
    • Spring clean in late March
    • DJJeff for banning from the physical space
    • Vancouver Tool Library (VTL)
    • Laser Ventilation Upgrade
    • VHS Vouchers
    • 3d printer & cnc mill training courses
    • What is “critical” infrastructure

270 East 1st (the bunker)

Jan 26 2014 – Sunday, Noon

Members only

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 cpld.  It is powered by the Nokia cell batteries available at VHS (external charger required). The matrix is driven by an Altera MAX V cpld that you can program in verilog or vhdl using the free (as in beer) Altera quartus software.

Example code for the cpld can be found at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge/blob/master/tomk/cpld/cpld.vhd and matching code for the cpu at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge/blob/master/tomk/shhh_5th_avr/shhh_5th_avr.c

Tickets still available at http://vhs-smd-badge-build.eventbrite.ca

Event is running on Thursdays in January starting January 9th, 7pm onwards.


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 did a marathon assembly effort in September and 75% of the 40 boards have about 90% of the components loaded.  This workshop is for you to help load the remaining 10% of the components and walk away with a badge.  The hard stuff is done, only small pin count devices remain to be loaded.  The assembly might be done Henry Ford style (one person does same parts on all boards) or per individual.  The parts will not be separated into kits prior to the workshop so attendance is kinda necessary.

Basic download images and programming hardware will be available for the CPU and CPLD.  Further programming will require an device capable of programming an AVR (Arduino, Bus Pirate, STK500, AVR dragon etc) and/or the Altera CPLD (altera usb blaster or compatible).

The project is open hardware/open source, you can find the pcb details at https://github.com/vhs/vhs-pcbs/tree/master/led-matrix and the software at https://github.com/vhs/VHSLEDMatrixBadge.  These might be refined prior to the event.

We have enough board and parts for about 30 people.  We’re releasing tickets for 24 over two nights to allow some breathing space.

We can accomodate varying levels of soldering skill, it would be best if you’ve already some smd experience.

This workshop is members first, if we can’t make the numbers, we’ll release it to non members.  Price excludes eventbrite fee as this is already below Richard’s cost.

Please bring a soldering iron and a magnifier if you can.

There are two dates available, Thursday Jan 9th and Thursday Jan 16th, both from 7pm onwards.  Credit card tickets at Eventbrite – cash payers, please contact the organiser.


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.