Pilot FIRST® Tech Challenge Robotics competition in Shanghai: April 23

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Pilot FIRST® Tech Challenge Robotics competition in Shanghai

Time: Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Shanghai American School, Pudong campus

International school team robots will compete in the pilot FIRST® Tech Challenge high school robotics competition, developed by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a U.S. based non-profit. Teams design, build and program robots to compete in an exciting, sports-like challenge. Reaching 250,000 students in grades K to 12 worldwide, FIRST engages students in science and technology learning and leadership and provides an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to ‘real-world’ engineering problems, work on open-ended challenges and create their own solutions. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Paula Joseph at [email protected] for more information.

For more information, contact Shelly Shen at [email protected] 13564738316 or Paula Joseph at [email protected] 18601794144


XinCheJian opening hours

April 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Rocking with CNC'ed Bamboo Guitar and Vacuum Tube AMP

March 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Rocking with Brad Ferguson‘s CNC’ed Bamboo Guitar and Vacuum Tube AMP

That combo sounds AWESOME!

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Photos by Lutz and David


Opening Speaker profiles: RoboPeak

March 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

RoboPeak from Shanghai

We are so glad that RoboPeak, a robotic R&D team has agreed to be one of the speaking at our reopening event on March 26. We ran into this team founded in 2009 on Sina Weibo and are very impressed by what they are doing. We look forward to seeing their presentation.

Quoting from their web site:

RoboPeak is a research & development team in robotics platforms and applications, founded in 2009. Our team members are Software Engineers, Electronics Engineers and New Media Artists that all come from China. RoboPeak develops both software and hardware, which include personal robotic platforms, Robot Operating System and related devices. Our vision is to enrich people’s daily-life with the ever-changing development and innovation in robotic technologies.

From their blog, they are doing very impressive work with Arduino and Robotic. Here is a picture of their robot. Definitely check out the blog! Click on the image to read more about their works.

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Hackerspace in Shanghai: Our Maker Neighbors

March 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

XinCheJian’s Neighborhood

I have recently been asked quite a lot of questions about hackerspace, hacker culture and impact of hackerspace in China. This has gotten me starting to think a lot about what it means to run a hackerspace. I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood and find anything that’s related to makers. The following pictures are shops with in 500 meters of our new location in Anhua Lu. It’s a typical Shanghai neighborhood and quite interestingly how many maker related shops are around us.

Welding on the street

Bike modding? The guy is attaching a new rack to the back of the bike to carry more goods.

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Window Frame Maker

They got good collection of aluminum windows frame and can cut it to any size we want.

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Glass shop

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Cotton Shop

This is a surprise fouind.

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Lock Smith

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Hardware Store

Quite a collection of home improvement materials

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Home Appliance Repair

Also sell used home appliances. Will for treasure hunt one of these days.

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New Home of Xin Che Jian

March 14th, 2011 § 6 comments § permalink

Xin Che Jian is moving!

After a 3 months of experimenting in Xindanwei, we have proven the potential of having a hackerspace in Shanghai but we need a bigger space. We found a new 100 square meter location in Anhua Lu and Jiangsu Lu inside a old factory. The place is definitely a ideal location for setting up a hackerspace. The new space will be ready by the end of March!

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There are all kind of business around. I am sure we can use them in our making.

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Yes, it’s a real factory (che jian)!

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Let the be light

One big side of the room is full of window.

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Plenty of space

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