August 31st, 2011 § § permalink
Tony Bacigalupo from New Work City blogs about his visit to XinCheJian during his pan-Asian coworking space tour:
Shanghai is a rich, beautiful, well-manicured city. My hotel was right in the middle of a touristy shopping district which exemplified Shanghai’s polish.
Xinchejian, Shanghai’s hackerspace, was nowhere near this part of town. Appropriately, Xinchejian is in a far more “real” part of town, away from the rich expats and the manicured shopping experiences.
That also meant narrow roads not designed for two way traffic, a hard-to-find location hidden away in an ancient warehouse, and a parking situation that required negotiation with locals. In other words, not too dissimliar from the usual neighborhoods one might find a hackerspace nested away in.
I walked into Xinchejian and might as well have walked into NYC Resistor. Gadgets and witty signage everywhere. A Makerbot in the house. Some kind of agriculture project involving running water between two potted plants through a fish tank. And don’t miss the freelance beehive in the slide show.
Founder Ricky was an engineer at Google and is working on some awesome projects while running the space, which is naturally a very loose and community-driven operation. What appeared to be an emergency glass box on the wall was actually a donation box into which people put money for just about anything.
I felt right at home here. I sat on a couch made of spare bamboo with Ricky as he talked with Liu Yan, owner of Xindanwei described below, as they discussed business and local things.
His blog post also includes pictures and videos.
August 30th, 2011 § § permalink
A few months ago we (a few hackerspaces) submitted a reply to a DARPA Request For Information. DARPA is interested as to the type of organization that would be well suited to turn an initial investment into a long-term self-sustainable decades long space program to achieve the ambitious goal of inter-stellar space travel.
Our short document was well-received and we’ve since been invited to both an Asian manufacturing roundtable in Singapore (next week) and to the 100 Years Starship Symposium in Orlando at the end of September.
In the meantime, existing efforts continues in various Hackerspaces, such as the Lunar Numbat space program and the Space Program track at Chaos Communication Camp.
To get the efforts further organized, it seemed eminently reasonable to establish both a wiki page and a mailing list on hackerspaces.org:
Although right now focused on the 100YSS discussion, I think we can use both resources as a focus for any space-related efforts in our respective hackerspaces – if only to catalog and showcase the efforts so far.
If you have an interest, I invite you (space geek!) to join the new mailing list and start the discussion.
August 25th, 2011 § § permalink
Knowing what to do in an Emergency could mean the difference of Life or Death. At XinCheJian we use tools on a day to day basis that could inflict serious harm so we want to take steps to be there in the unlikely event of an emergency.
NOTICE: This is not a license to repair a person, it will provide you the skills and confidence to act as a first responder and when used prudently can equip you with the necessary life saving skills.
The Course is two courses in one, Primary care and Secondary care developed by Emergency First Response which follows ILCOR standards.
Date and Times
2 day course, signups close 1 week before due to ordering Material.
Day 1: 8:30am – 12noon Saturday 17th September @ XinCheJian
Day 2: 9am – 1pm Sunday 18th September @ XinCheJian
Paul Adams – @nihaopaul – #481827 IDCS, EFRi + CFC
What should you wear?
No skirts/shirts, something comfortable, loose and can get a little dirty – it’s XinCheJian!
What should you do before the course?
Sign-up, collect the book and read it
Material: English/Traditional Chinese (note: not Simplified) – Pre-order before the event.
The Following costs include certification costs and Material fees and are non-negotiable.
(Become a XinCheJian member and gain access to the other workshops the rest of the month.)
What will be covered
- Scene Assessment
- Barrier Use
- Primary Assessment
- Rescue Breathing
- One Rescuer, Adult CPR
- Conscious/Unconscious Choking Adult
- Serious Bleeding Management
- Shock Management
- Spinal Injury Management
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Injury Assessment
- Illness Assessment
- Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures
August 20th, 2011 § § permalink
Severin reports on his progress:
Started working on the beckoning cat last night, so I wanted to give you
an update about the progress. Took the cat apart, and got as far as attaching the arm to one servo, so it should now be able to move back and forth, like it’s traditionally supposed to, just that we can control the motion. Took a whole bunch of pictures and I’ll start writing some step-by-step instructions in the next few days.
If anyone wants to help me on the project, let me know. More people, more
ideas, and a more awesome cat
August 19th, 2011 § § permalink
XinCheJian Hackerspace, the first Hackerspace in China, is proud to announce that it has been accepted in the Seeedstudio Toy Hacking contest. We will receive two Grove kits for the purpose of hacking two toys from the OpenHardware company in Shenzhen. They are given us the opportunity of winning a 200$USD grand prize gift certificate and a 100$USD first prize certificate. Our entries to the contest will consist of two projects that will use as much as possible the various electronic components included in the kit.
The first project is the transformation of a beckoning cat (招財貓) that is often seen in store as a good-luck charm to attract business. We want to turn it into a fun and interactive experience. The project, led by Severin Schols (an experienced German hacker) will be done in collaboration with XinCheJian hackers out of the Shanghai Hackerspace. Our beckoning cyber-cat will have additional surprising abilities that will make them even cuter than usual. Such an iconic device transformed into something more will make a great impression on people seeing it.
The second project will consist in adding extra fun functions on one roboracing robot. We have many teams that have a robot or have started building their own through our weekend robo-racing workshops. The Grove kit will be made available to anyone that wants to add extra functions. We’ve noticed in our first two competitions (June and July) that fun but not necessarily useful features gave great pleasure to the audience: honking, flashing lights and more interactivity when handling the robot car. The Grove toy kits will make an awesome addition to these robot cars and we expect quite a few participants to be interested in using it.
Thanks to Hao Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org) we’ve already received the two kits with some additional parts for our specific projects (such as a mobile platform and servos). The parts are available to anyone who wants to work on a winning entry for XinCheJian! XinCheJian has until September 15th to send in our designs with step-by-step instructions for the two projects.
August 19th, 2011 § § permalink
Inspired by this post on Hack A Day, I’ve decided to make one with XinCheJian’s logo.
I’ve tried a few different free online QR code generators, only this one so far can generate correct QR code with Chinese characters.
After generated the QR code with the message I want, I’ve opened it in Photoshop, added an overlay of XinCheJian logo on top, a bit of manipulation to remove overlapped areas of the QR code, save it again and voila!
August 18th, 2011 § § permalink
NEED A BREAK WITH YOUR ROBOT? Well, the wild bees need your skills.
Become a bee hero, join the goldendusters. Goldendust is a global design project about pollination service. It aims to provide immediate efficient and desirables solutions to the phenomenon of bee extinction.
Xinchejian is hosting a small scale wild bees refuge which is a flag product easy to put on your balcony or window. This way you can provide to them a safe habitat while they are pollinating flowers around.
We invite everyone, hacker and non hacker to think about how we can boost man-bees interactions : being able to observe, count the bees and integrate the refuge into modern farming practices is building a strong experience and help raise awareness.
You are welcome to brainstorm, online (by leaving your comments, post sketches…), at the space or by writing at email@example.com.
We will build a bee refuge during the workshop on saturday 20th!
SESSION 1 : OBSERVE
We open the first session with the question : How to observe the bees?
Help us to build a pictures bank that will serve local research. Help us find cheap solutions to observe the bees. Webcam, snapshot, bee robot?
August 10th, 2011 § § permalink
Finally I get to taste the first batch of aquaponic Spinach. Thanks to the fishes and thanks to those who help feeding the fishes.
The very classic hydroponic roots. Short and bushy.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
August 10th, 2011 § § permalink
August 9th, 2011 § § permalink
XinCheJian participated in a panel and discussion last Sunday at XinDanWei.
Notes from the moderator, An Xiao are available.
At a hacker space like Xinchejian, this might mean bringing in hackers of different kinds, from software programmers to roboticists to urban farmers. The point is to find that magic spark of synergy that a more homogenous group wouldn’t be able to provide.
August 5th, 2011 § § permalink
Tomorrow, Saturday at 2pm. Register!
August 4th, 2011 § § permalink
People can now support XinCheJian by buying these nice patches, sold for RMB15 each. All profits goes to support XinCheJian Shanghai Hackers Community ^_^
Main Logo Design
Paul Adams sponsored for these two designs, thank you Paul!
Design by Andrea Carlon
QR code, very limited edition!!