“This Isn’t A Deathmatch, It’s Wrestling!” – Robot Sumo at Forest Glade Libary

Last Saturday, July 26th, Hackforge lead over 20 kids age 10-18 in building, programming, and competing in robot sumo. According to mentor Paul, the participants took to coding like ‘ducks to water.’ With a little guidance, they were able to run wild with the Lego Mindstorm kits.

Thanks to all the Hackforge mentors Aaron, Paul, and Kevin. We also thank Forest Glade Library and the Windsor Public Library for hosting our event during their summer Eureka program.

The next Robot Sumo event is Saturday, August 9th at Bridgeview Library (1295 Campbell Avenue). The event starts once again at 1PM and goes until 4PM. We welcome kids age 10-18 to participate. This is a free event but registration is required. Register now by contacting info@hackf.org.

Follow below for more videos of the Forest Glade Robot Sumo day!

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Magic Eye Colour Organ Comes Alive

Last Thursday, July 24th, Rob Caruso gave his Tech Talk on the Magic Eye Colour Organ to a full house at Hackforge. Going through the history of the technology, we also learned about how Rob designed and constructed the organ. The Tech Talk had a few demonstrations of the organ with sight and sound, complete with Pink Floyd.

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.

Tech Talks are hosted every other Thursday at Hackforge.

Follow below for more photos of the event..

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OpenDataWindsorEssex – Next Steps Meeting

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Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor Essex is meeting at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave) at 6:30PM.

We’ll be talking about some exciting projects and giving you an update on the progress from last meeting. Help us plan the next steps and determine the future of open data in our community.

This is an open meeting, so if you are interested in open data in Windsor, please join us.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mita@hackf.org.

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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

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