Month: September 2011
Intro to Ruby Class in Orlando
Elven Labs (run by FamiLAB member Rodney Degracia) is hosting an “Intro to Ruby” class on Saturday, October 8th at Cloudspace. The class is described as: “An easy and gentle introduction to programming the Ruby Language. Learn about Ruby in the context of writing a single-user text adventure engine.” You can learn more about the class on the registration page.
Machine Learning Class by Stanford Engineering
Several members of FamiLAB are enrolled in Stanford Engineering’s Machine Learning class – if you’ve wanted to study Machine Learning, this is a great (and free!) opportunity to jump in. If you are in the Orlando area, contact us if you are interested in a local study group. From the website: “A bold experiment in distributed education, “Machine Learning” will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. Students will have access to lecture videos, lecture notes, receive regular feedback on progress, and receive answers […]
“Soft Hacking” Event – Pics!
The “Soft Hacking” event was a lot of fun – we had 3 Brother embroidery machines and a Janome sewing machine running. We looked at the Lilypad protoshield from Sparkfun as well as the iron-on LEDs from Sparkfun. We decided that October’s Arduino class would be Halloween themed, so we saved the Lilypad stuff for next month.. Candy taught Adam how to sew using the Janome machine, and while Dan & Chris worked their magic with the Brother embroidery machines to make Amber a Pony… […]
Open Hardware Summit
The Open Source Hardware Summit was amazing – Dave & I attended for the first time, and got to rub elbows (no choice, it was standing room only!) with the Open Hardware elite. The content was very diverse, and the speakers were quite good overall. I’ve been to a TON of conferences, and this was one of the best I’ve attended. I particularly enjoyed the Arduino team’s slides, the Instructables slides (community K’nex gun development – wow), and Bre’s slides with his challenge to us “Publish that Crap!”… Slides […]
Retro Arcade v2 – PICS!
The Retro Arcade event at the history center was a big hit with over 150 people visiting the History Center just to attend our event. HUGE thanks to FamiLAB members Aaron, Amber, Bill, Chris, and Ted – and to their friends and family that helped out at the event!
Retro Arcade v2.0 at The History Center
We did the first Retro Arcade in July (BIG BLOG POST), and it was such a hit that the Orange County Regional History Center is extending their exhibit called “Games People Play – The Evolution of Video Games” through September 25th so that FamiLAB, community volunteers, and History Center guests can enjoy ANOTHER fun-filled day with TONS of old consoles, handhelds, and 8-bit computers. We’ve gone back to the storage closets, ebay, and the workbench to bring out even more gaming history – and a few new surprises! I […]
Labor Day at the Lab
Labor Day weekend was quite productive at the Lab – here’s a quick sampling of some recent project work… Ian & Bill laser cut brackets (now on thingiverse!) for the Audio-Reactive Stage Lighting setup… …then mounted the satellites on the brackets…and then velcro’d the brackets to some PVC pipe (for testing…)… ..and then tested them with some tunes in the lab… …later, Ian added a level adjustment pot and a button to change the gradient (color pattern) on the fly… …you can read all about […]