December 12th, 2011 § § permalink
Thanks to Innovati in Taiwan for sending us a sample that we had fun assembling on Sunday afternoon. Great gift idea for the holidays.
Although rated as 12+, the assembly is definitely not trivial and it would probably be best to have an adult helping; we had Angie, Paul, Ricky and Angie’s friend help out with the assembly and it still took an hour or two…. And we’re still not sure the neck servo is assembled correctly.
The kit retails for NT$1200 (about 254RMB or USD$40).
December 7th, 2011 § § permalink
Shyu Lee introduces himself to XinCheJian and talks about his presentation
Dear Entrepreneurs and Dream Weavers,
I am Shyu Lee, a company starter in Shanghai. I resigned from my previous job and started an electrical design service. It looks Google+ is having an increasing level in my social life, as it recently connected Ricky in my “Circle” and made me know XinCheJian. I feel so excited to know a big group of people here are doing innovative work together, that after visited here last weekend, I decided to do all of my best to cooperate with you guys and realize the wildly new ideas.
I used to be working for an American company plotting and designing wireless IC products, and I am also good hand on embedded system design. During this Saturday, I am going to come to XinCheJian’s space to introduce DS1000E, an ARM+FPGA development platform, with its,
- 120 MHz, ARM Cortex-M3 based STM32F207 MCU of great power for controlling algorithms!
- 1MByte On-Chip Flash, unleashes your ideas of programming!
- 1MByte SRAM and 128MByte records whatever you want to collect!
- Altera EP3C16 FPGA awesomely glued with STM32 MCU brings extensive real-time logic and I/O expansion!
- 4.3” TFT LCD brings PSP feeling and a geeky keyboard!
- DM9000 100Mbps Ethernet connects your system with Internet!
I am standing with this development for XinCheJian, answering your questions and helping with your applications!
By the meanwhile, I will
- Donate one of the DS1000E development platform to XinCheJian,
- Answer the questions from your guys,
- And have a discussion about the applications and projects in XinCheJian.
For the future time, as I have promised, I will be a volunteer in XinCheJian, start with,
- Provide technical consultancy for designs with ARM, FPGA, analog, wireless, motor control and so on,
- Help with identifying electrical components, give suggestion on purchasing, and provide discount information,
- Actively join in the discussions of XinCheJian, help with the projects and contests,
- Reply Emails of technical questions from senior members.
So, I’ll see you around!
December 4th, 2011 § § permalink
December 3rd, 2011 § § permalink
Shyu Lee from Meteroi came by the space and he wants to help with ARM/FPGA classes, buying components, spare parts and providing some of his own hardware so members can experiment.
His big project at the moment is software radio with hardware-acceleration. The hardware component will have a USB and/or Ethernet interface to PC to be compatible with GNURadio. Another similar project, from Microsoft, is SORA. His innovation is to provide an higher performance hardware solution; while other solutions rely on computers for processing and ADC/DAC interface to do the data acquisition, he has everything done in hardware. He’s currently looking for a supportive university or other organization to support his work full-time for 3 to 5 years so he can focus on software integration and hardware improvements. You can read the proposal “An Open Source General Purpose Software Defined Radio Development Platform” (note that the project name will be changed because of trademark conflict).
He’s also really interested in space communication; one of his project is to bounce a radio signal off the moon. Radio communication with space will be very useful to communicate with our space robots as part of the 100YSS project.
He’ll be giving a class on ARM and FPGA at XinCheJian Saturday December 10th using his own development platform, DevStation 1000E. He will be leaving one development station for members interested in getting some practical skills after the introductory session at XinCheJian (Register Now!)
November 28th, 2011 § § permalink
Time：December 4th at 1PM
Fees：RMB160 (including materials)
If you’ve never heard of the most useless machine before, it proves the the uselessness of this machine again. To keep it as useless as possible, by all means DO NOT google the term or follow the link below.
If you want to make it even more useless, nothing beats wasting your own time to learn to make one for yourself (or make several of them). So come and join us @ XinCheJian to make some useless machines! All parts and
tools needed are provided with customizations welcome.
Sign up for the event here: http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=79
November 23rd, 2011 § § permalink
Quad Copter workshop by He QiChen – 26th Saturday 9am – 12pm
You’ll get every single part you need to build your own quad copter and fly it. This workshop is run by He Qichen
Sign up online here: http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=73
Roboracing – Sunday 1pm – 4pm – free
If you’re going to race send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re planning on watching please let us know by signing up here: http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=71 race starts at 2pm loose with setup/testing from 1pm
Can the champion hold onto his *wictory* cup?
Come and join us, we’ve still got Kits available for those who want to learn to solder or produce something worthwhile in an hour. fun to do and fun to play with, get the brain machine to truly relax.
November 6th, 2011 § § permalink
This morning, we had two classes for the price of one: learning how to program (for non-programmers) and using the Arduino to interface with electronics. Given by Ricky and Paul with some help from Edward.
Documentation on our wiki and source on Github.
We’ll be redoing the same content in different combinations of Chinese/English and experienced programmers/non-programmers.
September 29th, 2011 § § permalink
Power tools can be dangerous. Whether its the band saw cutting a finger or that hand held Dremel shooting a plastic shard at your eye, please treat power (and non-power) tools with respect.
Don’t be afraid to use tools. Attend training classes and practice using the tools. Be aware of safety for yourself and others. If someone is doing something unsafe, ask them to stop. Ask questions if you’re unsure.
Guidelines for using power tools at Xinchejian:
1. At least 2 people are present
2. The operator has received training in its use
3. The operator has permission to use the equipment
Before using power tools be aware of:
- Wear protective gear – safety glasses, gloves, grounding strap
- Attitude/state – tired, drunk, emotional
- Potential Problems – long hair, loose clothes
- Knowledge – equipment operation, first aid, emergency cut-off switch location
- Potential distractions – music, people
- Potential dangers – falling items, being bumped, wet floor
- Knowledge – have proper training or experience, just ask
- Right tool/adequate tool for the task
- Equipment or tool well maintained? Safe or effective to use?
- What direction is debris/cut-off/sparks heading?
- Locate emergency cut-off
- Clean machines/area after use
- Report damage or problems
- Have a plan when using equipment. What is the goal?
- Plan the equipment usage – think through the actions, visualize the steps and backup steps
- Think through potential problems and dangers
Stay focused and use common sense
September 27th, 2011 § § permalink
3 days class designing solutions to prevent used cooking oil unsafe reuse. Research, reflexion, brainstorming, idea selection, storyboard, presentation. Interesting ideas around intelligent oil recycling bins and cheap one time paper tester.
Next steps: turn into engineering projects and products?
September 27th, 2011 § § permalink
September 27th, 2011 § § permalink
Having fun exploring Logisim, an OpenSource digital simulation software with a tiny project.
Perfect tool for our future digital logic workshops to teach basic boolean operations and logic constructs.
September 21st, 2011 § § permalink
Hello to all the Enthusiasts and hackers out there, come join us this evening for a jam packed 2 hours, so get up off the couch and make a difference.
As always, hacking wednesdays is open to the public, if you’d like to support the space and help us continue hacking Wednesdays feel free to donate either cash or buy products from XinCheJian (even drinks!), only your support will help us sustain the space.
Mitch Altman kits are still in stock, jump on those before it’s too late, learn how to make the LED cube using multiplexing and learn how to solder.
==== Hacking Wednesdays ====
If you want to try your robot in this weekends race and have yet to finish it or build one, dont fear, come down to XinCheJian tonight and buy a R/C car like rickys 70rmb, rip the guts out and replace it with an Arduino 180rmb, theNelsons h-bridge shield 50rmb and 2 ultra sonic sensors 35rmb.. everything you need is in the space, not only will you be a hacker but you’ll learn some awesome skills while you do it.
Tonight Min Lin and Ricky will be around to share stories from their recent hacking journeys.
Get an insight into processing. we have a special guest coming down who’ll be setting up a processing workshop, find out whats involved tonight.
Michael (RubberDucky) will be drilling into the walls to setup some computer benches, and also hooking up his mega-super-awesome-button-box for the new restricted toys (lathes, mills, bandsaw, drill)
Paul will be discussing the lock-picking study with interested participants.
Lio will be figuring out how he’s going to do the bamboo go-kart with those interested for the ben heck challenge (find out more tonight) and how you can be involved.
After the event around 9pm the hackers will take to the tracks for some go-karting “research” at Chang Feng park indoor race track for some super awesome driving skills “bring a head mounted camera”
If you thought this Wednesday is fun, wait for the weekend..
==== This Weekend ====
Saturday – all day: Organic waste workshop.. find out how to make bio-diesel, sign up and more information here:
Saturday afternoon – 5 presentations from XinCheJian will be delivered at _Barcamp_ Shanghai so come and show your support for xinchejian.. sign up and more information here: http://techyizu.org/shanghai-barcamp-2011-september-24
Sunday morning – Ardublock workshop.. never programmed in arduino before? use ardublock to visually program.
sign up here: http://xinchejian.com/event/?regevent_action=register&event_id=58&name_of_event=ArduBlockWorkshop
Sunday afternoon – Robo Racing championship, find out if the Title stays with XinCheJian for a 3rd victory, find out if anyone can take on theNelsons or mindstorm robots! Man vs Machine will Machine win again!
Sign up here: http://xinchejian.com/event/?regevent_action=register&event_id=57&name_of_event=RoboracingCompetition