Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 26/12/2012

December 26th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述

  • IKEA lamps: by Mika & Edward
  • Fast & furious robot car: Edward
  • Swarmbot update: Leo
  • Wednesday Presenters/本周演讲者介绍

    This evening Mika and Edward will present dot dot dot the 64bit ikea lights, Edward will be show off his fastest robo racing car and Leo will show us swarm robots, he even has a an island variant – very cool!


RoboRacing – Bragging rights

December 16th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

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.


Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 05/12/2012

December 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


  • Marie Dariel – Bio Mimickery
  • Michael Rozenberg – A board game fanatic
Marie Dariel will be talking about bio mimickery in design and how they hope to launch a program in the middle of next year that focuses on Nature-Inspired Innovation, a hot topic. Michael Rozenberg will be presenting on board games, his deep passion for them and how he’s using them in day to day life and business. He’s also bringing his most loved board game over tonight, so get ready to get your game on and take it for a spin! who else? *your name here* it’s also adhoc, so get ready, just keep it to 9 minutes plus Q&A afterwards]]>

Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 21/11/2012

November 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

11月21日周三开放日更新 Due to last weeks unfortunate event we had to cancel the Kinect workshop, its always good to register for events as this time we were able to contact almost everyone before they headed out, unfortunately Patrick’s stay is coming to an end and he’s off soon, so drop in and say hi! when he’s back lets hope he’ll do some more awesome workshops. Tonight: we have Kelvin from Shanghai Ureal a large scale 3D printing house that wants to print your stuff! and hopefully a special announcement from Lucio on the “build your own 3D printer” workshop coming up! We have an open spot this evening for ad-hoc presentation so feel free to take the stage, just announce yourself upon arrival so we can prepare things in advance.]]>

Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 14/11/2012

November 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述 Last Weekend it was great to see the multi touch tables working in no time! Patricks at it again, check out this weekend! Francesca will be presenting on design buildings with locally available materials with an example of a school in the Himalayas, not to be missed Zhang Chi (张驰) will be presenting on building your own oscilloscope (those pricey things with squiggly lines going up and down) and the workshop he’s got running, if you sign up tonight, you’ll get a 100rmb discount on the workshop! that’s up to 40mhz frequency or 20mhz if you want a little cheaper, it’s USB! Upcoming Events/近期活动安排 Building interactive installations with the vvvv environment – vvvv与交互项目应用工作坊 (英语教学) Date: Saturday Nov. 17th & Sunday Nov. 18th 2012 Time: 10AM – 12PM, LUNCH, 1PM – 5PM This is the most in-demand for workshop, 2 days of feature-packed-fun-filled-action-play – only a few spots remain be Secret spy, or a double agent! – 007秘笈之一~密信潜伏 Date: Saturday 24th 2012 Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm Perfect for kids and adults alike to explore and experiment with science and technology in a fun filled 007 workshop]]>

First Shanghai Maker Carnival

November 4th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

Shanghai Maker Carnival badge Shanghai Maker Carnival badge 2012[/caption] XinCheJian attended the first Shanghai maker carnival this weekend showing off members projects. There were also lots of really interesting projects from other Chinese hackers. Heaps more photos and videos can be found via these links:

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This weekend: Shanghai Maker Carnival

October 31st, 2012 § 5 comments § permalink


Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 31/10/2012

October 31st, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

Summary for Wednesday/本周三开放日综述 Jared from Picarty will be presenting on his new app, recently famed for his presentation at barcamp “how i built my first app but still cant program” and it’s also adhoc wednesday, so get up and talk, just keep it to 9 minutes Wednesday Presenters/本周演讲者介绍 Jared from Picarty will be presenting on his new app, recently famed for his presentation at barcamp “how i built my first app but still cant program” a good insight into what it take and where he is taking it – get hands on with his app this evening. who else? *your name here* it’s adhoc, so get ready, just keep it to 9 minutes plus Q&A afterwards Upcoming Events/近期活动安排 Friday, Saturday and Sunday Join us at maker carnival shanghai for shanghais first maker carnival, its located in century park and xinchejian will be demoing projects, we’re still looking for more helpers over the 3 days.]]>

Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 22/08/2012

August 22nd, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

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!

nixie tubes by aguegu 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, 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 (, 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 on musicological analysis.

Wednesday Meetup – Free – @ XinCheJian – 7-9pm – 18/07/2012

July 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Xinchejian Wednesday Open House. This is a chance for people to give interesting presentations on projects that they’re working on. If you would like to give a presentation at the Wednesday Open House, please read the and contact us on [email protected] Summary for Wednesday, 18 July 2012 Presentations * Richard Summers, W+K – Multiple Projects * Freda, XinCheJian – Pet Abandonment Project Upcoming Events * New Members Orientation Party on Friday, 20 July. Wednesday Presenters Richard Summers Richard Summers longs to live next to the ocean and from the people upstairs (W+K). He will be giving a talk on past and future projects, and his goal of blurring the line between reality and virtual reality. He’s worked on a few projects: * Large scale pinhole photography * Photosynthesized Easter eggs with his latest initiative * Project: “High Tide” Freda 冯佳 Freda will be talking about an initiative to deal with pet issues. Many people view pets in this way: “A pet is for Christmas and not for life“. She wants to tackle the problem of abandonment and mistreatment of pets, and she’ll be soliciting your ideas on this subject. * Pet abandonment project Are you interested in giving a talk? Write to us at [email protected]]]>

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