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Like Python? Or interested? Python Club is happening Tues night at the Library in Bloomington,7pm http://ow.ly/K7KjI
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Greetings all-

Bloominglabs was selected to participate in Instructables' spark.io Build Night in November.

http://www.instructables.com/community/November-2014-Build-Night-with-Sparkio/

What that means is they are shipping us 10 Spark.io units and we are going to have 2 build nights in November:

Thu, Nov 13, 7pm-???
Sat. Nov 15, 7pm-???

Because of the limited number of items we are limiting this to people who reserve a spot. Still, people can work on teams (usually 3-4 people is an ideal team size but ymmv) and share a Sparkor two. Some projects might benefit from multiple Sparks. One project has claimed 2.

As to what it is - basically think Arduino but w/ built-in wireless and a 'cloud' based programming interface. So say you set up your sensor in your crawl space, you don't have to crawl down there if you want to re-program it (still do when the battery runs down though). Additionally you can communicate w/ it via a RESTful API, opening up possibilities for web and iOS apps.

https://www.spark.io/

So, if you are interested send a note to contact  at  blooominglabs (dot) org to reserve a spot, and please tell anybody you know who might be interested.

As to who we'd like to see: programmers, hardware/electronics gurus, really arty types, really practical types, really practical arty types, basically anybody w/ skills and interest and ideas (in some combination).

Having somebody take pictures to help document the event would also be nice.

Bringing stuff to play with and hack on is also a plus.
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Watch the Guino in action!
A Real-time Arduino dashboard -

http://makerflux.com/projects/guino-real-time-arduino-dashboard

#arduino
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Makers, Convene!

http://youtu.be/BWbbChzkHt0

Descend upon the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center this Saturday for #Makevention, a free fest of making, hacking, learning, and fun!
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It's cool but it kind of freaked me out having it in a loop with me on the big screen at the event....
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Check out Let's animate at the Ellettsville Public Library Tonight, or the Bloomington branch tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm. See http://mcpl.info/makerdays for info and to register. Make stop motion movies with your kids. Spread the word to all you think will be interested.
Who's a maker? You are! Join the maker movement this summer! Makers are all about the do-it-yourself culture, often with the creative addition of technology. Come learn, discover, and create at your library with maker experts from around our community. We have programs for all ages.
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Photo settings test of laser cutter.

Steps:
Convert to greyscale
Adjust levels to enhance contrast and flatten peaks
Convert to 2-bit color, using Floyd-Steinberg dither
Raster settings: Power: 90, Speed: 8
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Digital rgb strip controller. Still need to add a power circuit, USB for now. 
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Very nice job on the case and board there.
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For those of you who are constantly feeding your 3D printer with expensive spools of plastic, this might be worth looking into.
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There's also the Lyman filament extruder, if you want to build one yourself:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:30642
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34653
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Thanks to all who came out for the bugbot workshop at Wonderlab Saturday! Stay tuned for details of future workshops.
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DAKMH's pics of the space and some of his projects
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace. This is the Google+ community where we will post about upcoming events and other goings-on. Come join us for public nights, Wednesdays 7pm-10pm.

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Russian separatists in the Ukraine seize 'decadent Hackerspace' http://ow.ly/y6yti visit our decadent hackerspace Wednesdays at 7pm.
The Izolyatsia makerspace in Donetsk, Ukraine, has been seized by armed, masked Russian separatists from the Donetsk People's Republic, who denounced it as "decadent" and accused it of being "an American-funded anti-Rus...
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Hey Everybody. New events for the New Year. A big one is the Soldering series, starting Feb 18:

On February 18th from 6:30pm until 9pm, come to Bloominglabs and learn the basics of soldering - your key to entering the world of building, altering, and repairing electronics. In this workshop, participants will assemble a “phaser” electronics kits to take home (flashing LED, buzzer, and frequency knob). No prior experience necessary, and all tools and hardware provided. The workshop is $20 with the basic phaser kit. Other soldering kits from AdaFruit will be available for an extra fee. All ages are welcome although children ages 15 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited, so register today! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-solder-at-bloominglabs-tickets-10247008077

The following 2 weeks we cover SMT (beginning then advanced).

Spread the word!
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Arduino Classes happening in October: 

Bloominglabs is offering a 2-part workshop that will get you up and running with Arduino programming. You’ll learn the basics and we’ll save you time by helping you avoid pitfalls that stumped us when we were starting out. While it doesn’t hurt to have a programming background, it’s not required. 

The Arduino is a popular, affordable, and accessible platform for microcontroller programming. It can be used to control LED lights, motors in a robot, and to trigger sounds. It can be used to make game controllers or art projects, or anything you can dream up.

Sessions are Oct 17th and 24th at 7pm, the price is $30 for 2 2-hour sessions (although we’ll hang out longer if you want to experiment and play some more). Please bring your own laptop with the free Arduino software installed (you can get it here:http://arduino.cc/en/main/software ) All other materials (Arduino, breadboards, sensors, motors, piezo speakers, and LEDs) will be provided.
Download the Arduino Software. The open-source Arduino environment makes it easy to write code and upload it to the i/o board. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The environment is written in Java and based on Processing, avr-gcc, and other open source software.
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Spicy badger roll
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Cool. Looking forward to seeing it in person tonight.
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Yeah, that's right--we've etched denim.  Mitchell donated scrap fabric from a jean-to-short conversion.  I had to leave, so I need to find out from +Mitchell Price and +Josh Crawley whether the large etch on the actual shorts worked out.
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Cool, thanks.
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Coming soon (May 4): Bloominglabs' big Parking Lot Sale! We'll set up outside the space and will have an assortment of cool things for sale at low low prices. Mark your calendars!
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Public meeting tonight folks! See you there. 7pm at 3927 W Roll Ave.
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Can a raspi be powered by 5v from the breakout pins alone? Is the 3.3v necessary as well or is there a regulator inside that will provide necessary 3.3v off of the 5v feed?
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Yes you can! Google around a bit, I am looking at the same problem and a lot of people use a UBEC (basically switching regulator) to get a steady 5V from a battery pack and apply that to the pins. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to shortly.
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Trackuino shield minus the RF transmitter (arriving this week)
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trackuino.org shield PCBs came in today!!
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So, If I had one..... So you could just see where I am and if I had a weather station at home, I could stream that data.... Is there more?
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