There’s a group buy happening right now! and a competition going on!
Dagu electronics has announced a competition: use a doodlebot to make the most awesome drawing to compete for prizes, plenty of prizes to be won! read about it here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/37126
Lutz a long time member of XinCheJian has contacted them since we’re in china and negotiated a great deal if we do a group buy, our target.. at least 20 pieces and our price.. 198rmb/each
if you want to get a doodle bot and not participate in the competition instead that’s fine! but if you want to get in on the competition, then it’s even more awesome!
Sign up to the XinCheJian google group (email firstname.lastname@example.org), Send an email to email@example.com titled “programming competition” with the words “i Pledge to buy X amount of Doodlebots if we succeed in our group buy” then get ready to send 198rmb to a group buy alipay account or drop into XinCheJian and hand over the cash to a staff member! Lets put a deadline of May 22nd on this so we can hack the doodlebot sooner than later. Do not transfer or pay until Lutz gives us the word via email and verify it by checking http://xinchejian.com website.
Once the pledge is made, you’re on the hook for the cash!
Holiday folks! it’s time to hack stuff! Thursday -> Saturday, Check the website often over this holiday time, we’re going to be doing all sorts of magic.
Announcements this week:
Valentin from Social glasses is back in town, catch him around the space!
Ladies, it’s your turn, sign up for 3months at XinCheJian and get 1 month for free, starting.. last week
Roboracing – it’s on the 6th of April! 2pm – 5pm bring your 10 second cars! or your ultra fast line followers, the competition is just starting for the season – we’re waiting on a special location announcement for this race, i think you dont want to miss it, plus work on your car Thursday and Friday as it’s a tomb sweeping holiday!
May is dedicated to the month of Cinematography – keep an eye out for events revolving around cinematography
June is dedicated to “intro” for everything, from introduction to arduino, machine room, 3d printing, 3d modeling, electronics, this is the ultimate makers month!
Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述
Tom Igoe – one night only! see him in XinCheJian – Internet of Things Expert: Author, Arduino Team Member and Teacher
Tom Igoe is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Coming from a background in theatre lighting design, Igoe makes tools that sense and respond to a wide range of human physical expression. He is the aread head for physical computing courses, and teaches courses in networking as well. He is also interested in how to lessen the impact that making things has on the environment, and how open hardware development can contribute to that. He has written three books for makers, and is working on a fourth. He is an occasional contributor to Make magazine as well. He is a co-founder of Arduino. He has consulted for various museums and interactive design companies as well. He is currently living a personal dream of working with monkeys, and wants to visit Svalbard someday.
Also if you use Processing and Arduino you can thank him tonight!
Congratulations to those that built a 3D printer on the weekend with @Lucio鲁修
Lots of announcements this week, where to start:
From next week we’re going to ask you for 5rmb at the door for non-members, sign up on the night as a member and get your 5rmb back!
Ladies, it’s your turn, sign up for 3months at XinCheJian and get 1 month for free, starting.. now，
it’s XinCheJian’s 2nd anniversary this month, join us for a wild party @ the space – mark your calendars the 26th of march – it’s a Tuesday – we need help, we need your help – a BIG cake for XinCheJian’s birthday – feed 50+ people, you can make one or help organize one!
Robot racing – it’s on the 6th of April! 2pm – 5pm bring your 10 second cars! or your ultra fast line followers, the competition is just starting for the season, plus work on your car Thursday and Friday as it’s a tomb sweeping holiday!
Make+ is gaining traction, email us to find out how you can get involved.
Summary for Wednesday
We need your support this week, we have 2 fragile live demonstrations, dont touch! just look
Daedalus City project is an exciting project emerging from XinCheJian with a live demonstration wednesday evening with robots, lights, cameras and action! an amazing joint collaboration that is set to inspire you.
Happy new year. Right to the beginning of the new year of the snake here the new video of our city project. This shows the first test with the 3D mapping and projection. The robots are not moving yet since the roads are not completely done.
We’ve started a new project in Xinchejian, the Project City, code name “Metropolis“.
More about the project will be in the wikisoon as we just begun. Today we built the table where the city will be installed.
The project will be a fusion of 3D projection and robot hardware combined with mechanics and interactive components.
This project is open for all members with interest. There will be a huge part in 3D mapping/projection and this content has to be created too. The robotics and mechanical part will include Arduino based hardware for the movements, communication between the central computer and the city and interface for interactive components.
If you think you could help with something then just let us know.
Just a quick note: this weekend on Saturday morning the scouts are coming! from 9am til 12noon – you might want to lay in bed a little longer as they will be cutting, drilling, hammering. sign up for Lucios 3D printing workshop next month! Checkout a recent post by him called “Brazil through lucio’s eyes”
Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述
Andrew Hakim Lie, 3D Artist from Indonesia
Lutz and MaTz, 3D fusion and robots
Rockets and Rex, the boys from DFrobot
Andrew Hakim Lie, will be talking about a genre in 3D Graphics called ‘Photorealistic 3D’, where images made using 3D softwares that are so life-like they appear like photographs. Mainstream public may not realize it, but its application ranges anywhere from the movie industry, design visualization, even Live Concerts and also tie into what his project at xinchejian will be.
MaTz of the 3D visualization last week and Lutz from Swarm robots will introduce a new project idea about the fusion of 3D mapping/projection and robots.
Rockets and Rex will be unveiling their latest 3D printer from DFrobot and the worlds smallest Arduino compatibible wearable low powered great for beginners and so cheap you’ll not want to miss it!
X-Bot is evolving and now already smart enough to follow another X-Bot. What is so special about that you may ask. Well, there is this small quite technical looking robot and there is a program running in X-Bot’s brain (also called Microcontroller or MCU). To follow another robot means that they need to communicate and this works with infrared signals going from the leader to the follower and back. Leo did the programming and the hardware and is willing to share that with you. Just check this website regulary and see when the next workshop is scheduled. Build your own X-Bot in Xinchejian
We hope by now that your Christmas gifts have broken and that you have already started hacking them! we’ve got a great line up this week of presenters, also keep an eye for Dork Bot announcement to be hosted on the 19th. Since it’s a new year, why not be more active and make something! make stuff!
This weeks lineup is as follows: Rick Sheridan, an expert in sourcing components. Hailing a NY storyteller, Colt Ma, and his Arduino based coffee roaster! Lobtail is flying in to show-off cloud-lab and 1626 潮流双周刊 magazine will be interviewing people!
Rick Sheridan, CEO of RST in San Francisco and friend of Mitch Altman will be presenting this evening, his expertise is in management of sourcing for OEMS and i bet he has some hairy stories to share.
Hailing from Shanghai, China, Dd ( Yang Jiang 江暘 ) is a New-York based visual storyteller that incorporates a multitude of mediums such as photography, painting, videography, interactive design and more into her art. For her, art is an essential way to approach her inner-self as well as the mysteries of nature. She attempts to honor both timeless wonders in the nature and the time-bound world of form. Now, she is pursuing her second master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where she is developing new modalities to integrate the beauty and intelligence of nature into the everyday lives of people.
自动咖啡烘焙机：项目刚起步，原型机Mark I基于一台小型爆米花机+arduino改造而来，通过大量的测试调整，已有了比较稳定的效果。 – The Arduino based coffee roaster Mark I ! based on an old popcorn machine.
Lobtail the creator of cloud-lab is building an interesting community tool, a virtual hackerspace with tools and equipment available for loan and projects published and collaboratively worked on.
Bragging rights, well deserved, the winner of this years Autonomous racing championship is EdwardRF with his entry XHD, a 10 second car that flew around the track, sticking like glue to the ground, nimble and hightech in one.
5 competitors competed for best time in time trials on the track for 2012, but only one would win. first up on the track was “Icecream Breaker” which unfortunately didn’t make it off the starting track.
The second contestant was Charlie “wallbanger” famed for it’s uncanny desire to hit every wall in the past, for this year it had an upgrade, 2 Sharp IR range sensors a powerful microservo, a high current motor driver all on top of an arduino nano built right into the original platform, he was no longer a wallbanger but a high powered racing car which clocked in at 7seconds in testing on the same course but different surface. Charlie set the time to beat at 14.62 seconds
XHD time to roll around, with a tough 14.62 seconds to beat, it started out on the track for 1 flawless lap, unfortunately the second lap was not as great, but it did clock in at 10.25seconds. this was the highest tech vehicle to race, PID controllers, wickedly expensive racing platform, 3 Sharp IR range sensors, 1 nano, 1 703n, 1 micro servo, 1 high power motor for the quad wheel drive-shaft with differential driving allowing it to take corners like no ones business.
With a little intermission Cherokey was ready to try again, this 4 wheel drive platform from dfrobot needed a little more time to work out the bugs but it was a great start, it could turn 360° on the spot! equipped with 4 Basic IR sensors, 4 powered wheel drive shaft and a nice base, unfortunately it’s fastest time on the track was 25.02 seconds with 1 collision making it 35.02 seconds.
With man behind the wheel in the only entrant into the User controlled group Stanley clocked in with Loader Shovel with 31.96 seconds, not a good start for human controlled. anyway he won by default.
Lio finally entered in with the Lone Ranger – unfortunately time and a new platform didn’t work out for him, it was a good show of walloping wall-banging!.
in winner takes all, EdwardRF took home the prize of 500rmb congratulations to EdwardRF, if you would like to challenge him, make sure you have a 10 second car or you’ll be paying the price of loosing to the champion.
A feature packed Wednesday planned for this week, from @aGuegu to Ben Houge to China Haxlr8r Folks, as always come along and buy a beer or soft drink and listen to some great presentations, finished with a round of do-nothing-but-chat or build-something-awesome you decide! 7-9pm dont be lame, hit the hackerspace on your way home!
Weihong Guan (@aGuegu) a fellow hacker and researcher will be presenting his projects this evening, from Nixie tube heaven from the 70s to showing off his amazing 8x8x8 led cube, this guy makes his living by selling his inventions which can be found all over the internet. His awesome 8x8x8 cube kit will dazzle anyone and is the perfect table top conversation piece, with integrated arduino in a tiny tiny form factor driving 512 LEDS! plus 4 more for fun!
Cyril Ebersweiler started the haxlr8r.com, a hardware accelerator program based in Shenzhen. Haxlr8r people will come visit on Wednesday afternoon and hopefully stay to the evening, there is a high chance that Cyril will not be able to stay as him and his wife are currently expecting a new hacker in the family.
Ben Houge, with 16 years of experience developing video games, including 4 years at ubisoft shanghai working on Tom Clancy’s EndWar, he will be teaching the MAX/MSP workshop this weekend at xinchejian on saturday (http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=143), a tool in which he creates most of his musical mayhem, i’ve seen this guy present before, and wow, quite the experience. he currently teaches in Boston area, where he teaches video game music at Berklee College and is also working on a research project with MIT http://mit.edu/music21/ on musicological analysis.
Summary for Wednesday
We’ll have 2 guests this weekend Saola and Damrey will be visiting – both tropical storms, while that’s going on outside, we’ll be building up a storm inside! it’s time to get your hack on!
David and Roger will be running another mini workshop this weekend, this time you’ll build your own simple hydroponics box to take home, with two different systems you’ll need to let David know by Wednesday, 150 – 200 rmb in materials but you’ll have a ready to use system to take home, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The awesome Barcamp is coming, sign up at http://www.techyizu.org/events/shanghai-barcamp-fall-2012/ for September – do it now, tell them you’re from xinchejian! XinCheJian will make our presence known, last time XinCheJian ran operation “Occupy Barcamp”, this season we’re taking it a step up; if you want to be a part of the XinCheJian Barcamp movement – then contact email@example.com
if you have something to say, we want to hear, let us know if you wish to present on firstname.lastname@example.org but please read the guidelines
Spencer a demonstration of partkeepr, and how to find what you need in XinCheJian
David and Roger on Urban Farming
Sunny Sun Jr. research and explosions
Spencer (XinCheJian)- Partkeepr, designed for use in places with lots of parts, like hackerspaces this tool will help you cost out your projects and also find what you’re looking for and much more.
David and Roger (XinCheJian) will be talking about changing the farming area, along with their new Talapia, which have been named already!
Sunny Sun Jr (XinCheJian|not Agent squishy) at age unknown, but we guess he’s not 18 yet – will be talking about his latest research into Ultrabright LEDS, tiny fast motors and HUGE electromagnets!