Hacking an EBIKE and Making it a community bike

December 17th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Jonathan presents his E-Bike that he’s been working on this year, throw away your keyfobs!

Promoting Makers on the street

September 29th, 2013 § 6 comments § permalink

On Saturday, we decided to run a mini Maker Carnival on the container hackerspace currently in front Grand Gateway in Xujiahui, Shanghai. This being the one of the busiest intersections in Shanghai, we have attract a lot of interested and meet interesting people. Thanks for the volunteers from our space, Make+ and DFRobot.

Busy event

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Make+ and brain matter!

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Firefly from Make+

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The Snake Robot steals the show

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The kids can’t get enough of the snake

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Beauties and snake… That’s how men got into trouble in the first place? :)

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Mr. Wen built the snake and explain to visitors about it

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Boys and robots

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People are still trying to figure out this 3D printing thing…

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Boys and Sumo Robots

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Indeed, 3D printing will not only attract man…

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Prime location in Xujiahui. Crowded place with many people stopping at the container.

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Volunteers got a personal photo with two beautiful girls

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Making ghost photos with long exposure and flash

September 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

What’s a night hanging out at the pop up hackerspace in Xu Jia Hui without some long exposure and flash fun! Lumi and David are both long time Strobist and can’t pass the chance to have some fun creating ghost photos while looking after the container.

How to make ghost photos?

The ghost photos are made with long exposure, in this case, f/20 and 5 second shutter, two flashes (one on the floor and one on the top of the container). The subjects ran into the positions, trigger the flash the manually with a remote and ran out of the frame. The flash froze the subject in place against the long exposure background and appear translucent.

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The World’s First Pop Up Hackerspace in a Container

September 8th, 2013 § 24 comments § permalink

We built a Pop Up Hackerspace in a container as part of the Make+ for accelerating Makers’ project through Art. This is first to be host at  the Creative Carnival in Shanghai. It’s done and opened over the weekend! It has been a success attracting a lot of visitors interested in 3D printing, robotics and Maker Culture! People come to see projects by the local makers, take workshop on Arduino and 3D printing and having fun talking to the makers. The pop up hackerspace will start its journey around China after the Shanghai Maker Carnival on Oct 19-20.

Lining up to see Maker’s Works!

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Vivi working her art on the container

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Sumo Robot!

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The Ham is here! Antenna went up!

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Kids having fun with Sumo Robot!

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Passing by taking photos of the space

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Wonder of 3D Printing!

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People working on their projects at the space

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Nice skyscrapers of Pudong as backdrop

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Night falls!

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Vivi works wonder on the container

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Two 3D Printer experts talking shop about new printer

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Doraemon robot built by a team of 10 years old!

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Flying machine!

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Freda’s talking cat painting

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Qichen’s brainwave and LED heart hack!

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Dreammaker!

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Hackerspace at night

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Amazing view from the pop up hackerspace!

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Trip plan

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Wednesday Meetup @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 17/07/2013

July 17th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Wednesday

Wednesday

7月17日周三开放日

Make something this summer!  

Processing workshop went well on the weekend, for those that missed it, well worth checking out when it comes up again. just a friendly reminder that if you havn’t paid your membership dues, please do so at the space. in August paul will be running a free Arduino workshop for members only make sure you have your own Arduino kit, buy through the space to support XinCheJian. also let us know what you think about the new design on the xinchejian website. A friendly reminder that XinCheJian is a hackerspace and not a co-working space/cheap office space, its fine to work on your projects but not cool to run your business out of the space, people involved in this are kindly being asked to move to a co-working facility, we can make introductions if you need them.

Just a reminder, if you would like to socialize or network please wait until after the presentations or go outside to give the presenters a chance to.. present.

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述

  • Sunny Sun Jr will be giving a brief insight to the biohack lab he wants to setup and ways you can join
  • David Li will be showing off his new hydroponic system named the Vortex
  • DFRobot is going to be opening the sumobot challenge, XinCheJian is already forming a team to smash them!

Wednesday Presenters/本周演讲者介绍

  • The Famous Sunny Sun Jr wants to kick off the biohack lab, find out how you can be involved and what they are planning on doing, glow in the dark goldfish anyone?
  • David li, a constant builder has his new system, making your own vortex to process worm casters or suck the world into
  • DFRobot is going to introduce sumobot challenge this evening!

 

Helper sessions at Xinchejian

July 5th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

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In addition to all usual Xinchejian goodness of sharing and helping, we are going to trial regular “Helper sessions” where:-

  1. All questions welcome
  2. We all share and help each other
  3. Make & hack stuff – anything!

      …. one theme will be assistive devices as this covers a huge range of technology!

Anyone is free to suggest other themes!

All languages are welcome.

Proposed guidelines

  • Display “Helper sessions” welcome sign – so people know were to come (don’t be shy !)
  • Setup at one table/area – with chairs and clean workspace.
  • Noisy discussions should move to another area, so main group can continue.
  • Share and document – let other people know if you had a good time, or learnt something (or not)
    • Ask for wiki account and how to use the wiki!
  • You need to be a member

These sessions are intended to extend the always great help available at anytime at Xinchejian :)

Aim is to fit in between formal workshop Xinchejian learning and to give some relief to Xinchejian regular members as they often spend most of their time helping others.

THANKS for all the interest and support after Wednesday nights talk!

When:- Trial Thursday from 7:30 starting from 11th July. If any interest we can try other times, including weekends.

Where:- At Xinchejian

Cost:- Free, but members only (100RMB per month, cheaper for longer periods)

Links – Early draft pages have been started on the wiki:- Helper Sessions    Assistive Devices These will be added to in coming days and weeks.

Note “Helper sessions” is a draft name – fits in with Maker, hacker, and also fits in with assistive technology. Any better suggestions?

Wednesday Meetup @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 03/07/2013

July 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Wednesday

7月03日周三开放日

Make something this summer!  

Tonight, it’s a back to normal @XinCheJian, several announcements, the possibility to receive the machineroom training with paul this evening after presentations and upcoming events, also keep an eye out on dotdotlab’s project “dotdotdot” launching downstairs in a joint interactive exhibition piece with W+K for the month.

Just a reminder, if you would like to socialize or network please wait until after the presentations or go outside to give the presenters a chance to.. present.

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述

  • Biayna Bogosian – Synesthesia
  • Spencer Featherstone – Assistive aids

Wednesday Presenters/本周演讲者介绍

  • Biayna will present her research on design workflow automation that utilizes various physical and non-physical factors to add information resolution to the built environments. Biayna Bogosian is an architect interested in computational design and highly localized materialization processes that respond to data patterns. Biayna holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Since 2011, Biayna has taught digital media seminars and design studios at Columbia University GSAPP, and USC School of Architecture.
  • Spencer Featherstone the key ingredient in swarm robots is back and is going to discuss his progress in trying to make affordable, reasonably functional assistive aids, a call for interest in having one or more mini hack nights/weekends, or individuals who want to get involved, or create longer term project/s to develop and publish.

Robo Racing – Sunday 7th – 1pm – 3pm @ Shanghai Library 3rd floor

July 1st, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

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Ladies and gentleman! start your engines, we’re hosting the XinCheJian Autonomous robo-racing at the Shanghai Library on the 3rd floor THIS Sunday

XinCheJian’s Toughest robot challenge is about to begin, Autonomous Robo racing, all based on sensors and time on the race track, from 1pm – 3pm we’ll be racing at shanghai library and competing for the fastest time on the track!

Hack-a-weekend PM2.5

May 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Hack-a-weekend PM2.5

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This weekend Valentin wanted to do a little hack-a-weekend as a surprise, he had ordered parts throughout the week and unveiled the weekend plan on wednesday to a few people, what he wanted to do was represent the PM2.5 data we’ve all heard about in some fun way. His initial idea involved those push button dolls that collapse when you press them from the bottom.

So with all the different PM2.5 sensors he could find the challenge began saturday. first was how do these things work! not exactly rocket science but they do mean looking up the datasheets to get the schematics and a little trial and error. then it was deciding what form it should take, perhaps a representation of a tree would be ideal! so with 3d printed parts the tree was assembled with rubber bands, unfortunately both the bands and 3d printed parts just were not working very well.

IMG_20130526_180103The 3d printed parts were scrapped in favor of Ping Pong balls just because we had (100′s) left over from a little prank on Lucio’s locker, and string!

IMG_20130526_235609Finally the little thing was built, hooked into the pachube/cosm/xively (or what ever you want to call yourself today) and data is starting to flow, we also had built a 2nd one so we can contrast the information and see which one is accurate to whats being captured (outside) just 800m from us at the US embassy in Shanghai.

so without further a-du meet the tree! well its version 1 of the tree sitting on top of burty, so we can spend some time understanding it’s readings before making a permanent one with the choosen sensor.

if you’re looking for the data, you can find it here, we’re not stating any facts and not guaranteeing the data either as we have nothing to calibrate against: https://xively.com/feeds/135383882

the code can be found on https://github.com/xinchejian/pm2.5-arduino

The pm25-tree is the data from the tree using a seeedstudio dust sensor – which doesn’t seem to be there accurate, where as the pm25 is test data from a sharp sensor which so far is accurate but blowing smoke across it did not change it where as the seeedstudio one did change, only time will tell.

stay tuned for more from Valentin

Wednesday Meetup @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 22/05/2013

May 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Wednesday

It’s time to stop procrastinating on your projects and get to it and do it! just Make it attitude will go a long way. given that it’s soon to be so hot in shanghai, it’s good to work in a cool and cooled environment.

Announcements this week:

  1. Ladies, it’s your turn, sign up for 3months at XinCheJian and get 1 month for free, starting.. now
  2. sign up for the basics of Character Animation and learn the tricks that Pixar and Disney used to create some of the most long running cartoons to date.
  3. Movie night this friday: Moulin Rouge – 730pm

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述

  1. Paul – sha256({Human})
  2. Enno – Character Animation
  3. More..

Wednesday Presenters/本周演讲者介绍

  1. Paul will be demoing sha256({Human}), a talk he wanted to do at barcamp but was unable to make it this year, this uses face tracking and recognition using opensource tools
  2. Enno will give an introduction to the upcoming workshops this weekend at XinCheJian, A teacher, an Artist both in Design and Music, this is one cool cat!
  3. Ad-Hoc.. this could be you

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