Robot Sumo – Hackforge Summer Event

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Can your team build the best robot? Join Hackforge to build a champion sumo robot, using real-world techniques. Experiment with mechanics, sensors, and artificial intelligence.

This event is for kids and teens aged 10 to 18. Catch this free event on Saturday, July 26th at the Forest Glade Library (3211 Forest Glade Drive) or Saturday, August 9th at the Bridgeview Library (1295 Campbell Ave).

The events start at 1PM and goes until 4PM. To register, please email info@hackf.org.

Hackforge’s summer events for kids and teens are part of the Windsor Public Library’s Eureka programming.

Tech Talk: The Magic Eye Colour Organ Project

Tech Talk Magic Eye

What do you get when you wire vintage magic eye vacuum tubes to modern analog and digital electronics? A unique device that combines sound, light, and motion. Join us for a brief lesson in vacuum tubes, colour organs, and how Rob was able to marry the two.

Rob Caruso is an industrial automation designer and programmer, as well as a long-time electronics enthusiast and hobbyist who has written articles for Nuts & Volts and Servo

This free Hackforge Tech Talk takes place Thursday, July 24th at 6PM. Hackforge is located in the front of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON). Check out our Meetup page for more information.

Get a sneak preview of the project here:

Hackforge Summer Event: 3D Printing

 

3d printing

This Saturday, July 19th experience the power of 3D printing! Hackforge will be at Fontainebleau Library (3030 Rivard Avenue) for an afternoon of demonstrations. We will have a 3D printer on display so you can watch it create something from almost nothing. You can learn how to use a 3D printer to create toys, art, practical items, gifts, and much more.

Kids and their families can stop by between 1-4PM on Saturday and see the machine at work, ask questions to Hackforge volunteers, and interact with 3D creations. This activity is most suited for ages 8-18. No registration required.

Come see how you can bring items from your imagination to life with 3D printing this Saturday! This free event is part of Windsor Public Library’s summer Eureka programming.

Sights from Slide Rules

slide rules

Last night, July 10th, Hackforge hosted an encore presentation of Paul Anderson’s Tech Talk on slide rules. Paul demonstrated his collection of slide rules bringing the history of the almost-forgotten technology to life. This event was part of Hackforge’s Tech Talk series, hosted every other Thursday. Learn about cool stuff with a friendly, supportive group.

Follow below to see pictures from last night’s event. Big thanks to Terry McAlinden for the photos.

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Tech Talk: The Slide Rule – Grandfather of the Pocket Calculator (Paul Anderson)

Slide rules were once ubiquitous in the sciences and engineering. For 300 years, they were the dominant tool for calculation, until the calculator was invented. Now virtually forgotten, most don’t realize they ever existed. Come and see the genius behind these deceptively simple tools, and how the world ran on three significant figures. Paul will have his collection in tow, and you’ll see a wide variety of slide rules manufactured from the 1920s through to the 1970s.

Join Paul this Thursday, July 10th for this Tech Talk at 6PM at Hackforge. For more information, check out the event on Meetup.

Technology Support Initiative

Hackforge is pleased to announce a technology support initiative for non-profits in Windsor-Essex. This program matches individuals seeking technology experience with the needs of organizations that would otherwise find it difficult to fund a technology project. Hackforge is a community-driven organization that uses technology to empower local individuals and groups. Hackforge will coordinate the people and resources required for a successful outcome of each projects.

Examples of possible projects include:

networking a small office
creating a secure card entry system
setting up a hosted website
training for Google Apps, WordPress, or other software

Selected projects will receive a proposal for achieving the desired results and an estimate of the timeline to complete the project in consultation with the organization. If you have an idea for a technology project for your non-profit, please send it along and we will help sort out what is possible. Ideas and questions can be sent to:

Dylan Herbert
Community Manager, Hackforge
dylan (at) hack (dot) org

Please contact Dylan by August 31, 2014 if you are interested. Hackforge acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for making this initiative possible.

The Fruitbots Challenge – Learn about Artificial Intelligence

FruitBots challenge

Have you ever wondered how the enemies in video games “know” how and when to search, chase and attack? This Saturday, July 12th, at Riverside Library, kids 10-18 will work as a team to help design a working “artificial intelligence” (AI) and see it compete against another team’s AI.

No programming experience is required – two experienced computer programmers from Hackforge will work with the teams and write the code to match the team’s design. Teams will work together to design and program on-screen “bots” who compete to collect more “fruit” than their opponent.

The event starts at 1:00 pm and kids will get the most out of it if they’re there from the beginning.

This event is part of the Windsor Public Library’s summer Eureka programs.

Hackforge at the Library: Discovering 3D Printing

3D printing Demo - July 5

Hackforge’s newly acquired MakerBot 3D printer made its public debut last Saturday, July 5th at the Budimir Library. As part of Windsor Public Library’s summer Eureka program, Hackforge gave an afternoon demonstration of the power of 3D printing.

Hackforger Paul was at the MarkerBot helm for the day, printing out small objects like a functioning whistle and Transformer badges. Kids and their families were able to discover objects created by Hackforge members from other 3D printer projects. Amber Joy and Chris discussed the future of 3D printing and answered questions from curious minds of all ages.

Missed the demo? Join us again on Saturday, July 19th for an afternoon with the 3D printer at the Fontainebleau Library.

Stay tuned for more Hackforge events for kids and teens this summer at libraries around Windsor. This Saturday, July 12th is the Fruitbot Challenge with Doug and Jeff at the Riverside Library.

Cool OLED Module

Everybody knows Sparkfun is a great place to find cool things. It's no surprise then that they should add yet another cool thing — an OLED display module for use with the arduino.

 

 

Sport and Hobby Show

The Sport and Hobby Show was exhausting but also a great success and a great deal of fun. Hackforge had many interested visitors, most fascinated by the 3D printer. On Sunday, John brought his Artec Eva 3D scanner and scanned cosplayers from our neighbouring booth. All in all, a grand show!

Rob takes picture of our booth, while his own picture is taken.

FIRST robotics had an impressive display across from our own booth.

 

Some handle manning the booth better than others.

Chris manning the booth.

 

Hackforge often leads to odd statements. In this picture, I'm slicing Phil.

John works intently massaging a just-scanned model.

To finish off Sunday evening, Phil is our last print of the show.

 

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