I work in Saltair in the UK and there are two Ada Streets in the village. Titus Salt built the Mill, Village Church and Schools in about 1860 and named all the streets after his Children. It is now a world heritage site. Salt’s mill is (amongst other things) home to Pace the worlds biggest producer of digital TV set top boxes. Attached are two photos I took and here is the Google street maps link so you can scroll around the area yourself.
One of the most important things about hackerspaces, and an area that differentiates it from other areas in the tech industry, is that most of the ideas and projects aren’t designed for any type of financial return. And unlike academic research labs, hackerspaces are usually very hands-on and focused on practical implementation. In Tokyo Hackerspace, we have a lot of projects or project ideas that revolve around environmental or humanitarian applications of technology as well as art. These types of projects would rarely see the light of day in corporate scenarios (without government subisidies) but are often the types of projects that, when further refined, may turn into something that is financially viable or lay the groundwork for something much bigger.
A further observation is that both hackerspaces and social networking websites have grown astronomically over the past few years, and that hackerspaces are really just a physical form of social network.
I couldn’t agree more, except to add that hackerspaces are less annoying, because nobody asks you to play Farmville.
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The Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin, is the country’s first national science festival and descends on the Washington, D.C. area in October 2010. The culmination of the Festival will be a free, two-day Expo on the National Mall and surrounding areas (National Mall 1st-7th streets, Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th and 14th streets, Wilson Plaza, Mellon Auditorium and National Museum of Natural History – view map) on October 23 and 24 that will feature over 1500 fun, hands-on science activities and over 75 stage shows and performances on four stages. In addition, several exhibitors will be hosting talks and performances in their exhibit areas. The Festival is a grassroots collaboration of over 500 of the nation’s leading science organizations. The Festival has a bipartisan Honorary Congressional Host Committee with over 100 Members supporting its efforts.
Hello my name is John and I am a first year electrical engineering student. I would like to thank you for the enjoyment and knowledge I have gotten from your tutorials, open source hardware, and “Ask an Engineer”. When I started high school I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. I had always been a supporter of open source software and liked the idea of using electronics to interact with the physical world. In grade 9 or 10 I decided buy your arduino starter pack. From there I became fascinated by electronics. The knowledge that you freely share quickly brought me up to programing my own avrs. A few years and many adafruit kits later I am etching my own boards and have a small armada of xbee powered cardboard robots to roam the halls of my university residence. (and by small armada I mean 1 as I have cannibalized parts from the others for my rfid/keypad dorm room lock) So this is a very sincere thank you for the knowledge I have gotten from your tutorials, kits, and talks. I will try as best as I can to share the knowledge I get as freely as possible. Thanks again!
Evil Mad Science LLC is a tiny company looking to expand. We need careful, detail-oriented people with an affinity for strange little robots and things that go blink in the night.
What do we do? We assemble kits, pack and ship, manage our web sites, talk to customers, perform various administrative tasks, design future products and refine current ones. And, we’re looking for several people that can each help us with (at least some part of) that rather large collection of stuff.
Can you do some of that? Located near (and/or willing to commute to) Sunnyvale California?
We’re open to hiring part time or full time, temporary or long-term. Experienced or intern. You should be willing to let us know what you like to do, what you’re good at, and let us train you on the rest. If you’ve got specialized skills (coding/designing/engineering/administrating/other), we may well be able to use them. Let us know.
The jobs board is for designers, makers, programmers, artists and engineers who are looking for great places work at & projects to work on. And like most job boards, this job board is for companies and people who need the best talent for their projects and companies.
This is a free service provided by Adafruit, all you need to do to use the job boards is be an Adafruit customer. To post your job offer or your skills (job-seeker) just log in to your Adafruit account and post a new job/skill listing or reply to the job listing.
Jamie O’Shea decided to try to build a telegraph using nothing but stone-age tools. He uses nothing modern, except information. He is wearing a suit, though I suspect that is for dramatic effect — collapse of civilization and all that. Or he may just have a day job.
Some people have viewed this project through the lens of sustainability. While self-sufficiency and locally sourced material would certainly seem to be sustainable, my methods fail quite spectacularly in environmental analysis. For one, I used an estimated 20 kg of charcoal to produce perhaps 20 g of metal. Much of this was wasted in the learning curve, but it was used just the same.
I had zero emissions control. While roasting my copper ores, I directly vented all the gases being produced. The noxious sulphur dioxide, chief precursor to acid rain, gagged me when I got too close. Moreover, I got sick twice after this phase of the process. At first I assumed this was from the sulphur, but after further reading, my symptoms more closely resembled mild arsenic poisoning. Arsenic is a heavy metal usually found in ores of copper that sublimates away during the roasting process. So I have to issue a “don’t try this at home” warning. The only way I can see this process being described as sustainable is that I was distracted from more effective activities of consumption for 6 weeks. But this is easily canceled out by the 3 round-trip cross-continental voyages taken to complete the project.
NEW PRODUCT – The Brain Machine kit! Relax and rejuvenate as your brain synchronizes to a wonderful meditative state, and enjoy as you hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns from your subconscious mind!
The Brain Machine provides you with a fun, easy way to meditate, all the while being very photogenic! They work with lights and sounds that pulse at a 14-minute-long meditation sequence of brainwave frequencies. Your brain synchronizes to this meditation sequence, and you meditate. It’s that easy! And the beautiful colors and patterns you vividly imagine along the way make it fun and enjoyable.
Build your own Brain Machine to expand your brain’s technical skills, then lean back and enjoy the light show. They are a blast at parties, a fun way to practice meditation and trip out.
All electrical components, including pre-programmed microcontroller, wires, LEDs
Dark-tinted safety glasses (fits children and adults)
Color printed overlay for fashionability
2 x AAA batteries included – will last for hundreds of ‘trips’
The Kit does not include basic tools! You will need to provide the tools necessary for construction including a soldering iron, diagonal cutters, drill, hot glue (or other adhesive), scissors, etc. For the list of tools you’ll need, please check the project prep page The project is not very difficult and can be constructed in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace by someone with no soldering experience. We have plenty of testing spots to help you along.
I was bored on a plane, so I made a web interface to generate messages for the MiniPOV3. I found it to be immensely useful on my project, and thought I’d share it in case anyone else would like to use it. There’s a “Get C” button that will give you the C code for the image you drew. It’s at http://zachrattner.com/pov/ It’s all done in HTML/CSS/JS, so “View Source” will get you everything you need to hack it up.
Here’s an neat idea for a jack-o’-lantern: Hide a single white LED just beneath the thin surface of the pumpkin. And program it with the same slow “breathing” effect that indicates sleep on Mac computers. The result? A pumpkin that sleeps like a Mac. It’s actually quite striking, in part because the effect becomes invisible every few seconds. It’s also an easy microcontroller project: our demonstration video and build instructions follow.
At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists have been working on microfabricated atomic magnetometers capable of detecting faint magnetic fields. The devices, about 1cm3 in size, were taken to the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Berlin, Germany where supposedly resides the most magnetically isolated building in the world. Using the tiny magnetometers, investigators were able to detect the magnetic signature of human heartbeats, perhaps opening up the possibility for a new modality to complement ECG.
Myth No. 2: Big tech firms do most of the innovating today
Based on the spectacles that tech companies make out of announcing new products (when Apple unveiled a new iPod in September, Chris Martin from Coldplay and Lady Gaga were on hand), it would be easy to think that the big companies of Silicon Valley are doing most of the innovating these days.
Not so, according to a recent study.
Eric Von Hippel of MIT and colleagues found that regular Joes spend more money in aggregate on developing new consumer products as all of the innovation firms in the UK. And more than 6 percent of the 1,173 people studied had participated in “household” innovation.
“Hippel’s work suggests that people like you and me (and Mark Frauenfelder) are a hidden engine of economic development as we reshape the things that we buy,” Alexis Madrigal writes in The Atlantic’s tech section. “If we assume that American households are as innovative as their British counterparts, 14.5 million of us develop products, and we spend something like $18 billion a year doing it.”