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Gripping hand

UniversalGripper-User:MykelAlvis 11/8/10

i saw that. sounds like it would grip better than a hand. although, wouldn't work very well with a touch screen or small buttons;) -Jason 11/8/10

modular work stations

Develop inexpensive, modular, work stations to supplement the mobile needs of this traveling show. -evan April 7 2012

I like this. Can you go into more detail? Maybe designing something like this would constitute the first stage of the project? -User:JetpackJesus April 7 2012
that may be more of a procurement issue. I would also be interested in a 3d printer or DIY CNC project (as part of the modular workstation?). -dhj April 7 2012

Make Basic Tools

Manufacture of basic (electronics) tools to foster individual homework.-evan April 7 2012

This would also be good, but we should also concentrate on equipment to be shared by the group. What tools did you have in mind? Soldering irons and helping hands are inexpensive, but a simple digital oscilloscope would be a good project. Other possibilities: function generators, fume extractors, solder pots, etc. -User:JetpackJesus April 7 2012

Virtual Library

Organize virtual library. (P2P suggested.) -evan April 7 2012

What, exactly, are you suggesting with this? If we can prove fair use, get digital licenses for multiple copies of texts, or only get creative commons/non copyrighted works then I am all for digital formats. I just want to make sure we cover our bases when it comes to file sharing. Maybe if we own the files and present them for viewing only without downloads? Maybe a physical library supplemented by P2P would be the best solution? -User:JetpackJesus April 7 2012
(for copyleft or owned media). Seth brings up a good point that multiple copies or a multi-copy license would need to be owned by the group for a P2P system. I am fairly sure a system could be designed such that a single digital copy could be circulated with only one person in possession at a time. -dhj April 7 2012

Birmingham Restoration

I really like the show American Restoration. What does the group think about taking a beat up or non-working item and fully restoring it? I'm not sure I have the workmanship / attention to detail to do something like that myself and I need to acquire those skillz. I've got an old Tektronics type 503 oscilloscope that was given to me. Doesn't turn on and isn't in really bad shape - would be a great first restoration project (totally disassemble, clean, paint, reassemble. It's a useful item for the shop and taking on a few restoration projects from outside might help pay the bills if we're good at it. -dhw Apr 30, 2012, 1:31pm

David, I love that idea. Plus, we could use the o-scope once operational. +1 this one. -JohnDavid Apr 30, 2012, 3:41pm
yeah, good for use in the shop and to showcase our mad restoration skillz. -dhw May 1, 2012, 1:47pm

telephony baloney

Here's an obvious one: how about one or more smartphone apps? Members with no real programming experience would still be able to contribute ideas for a group maintained project that could generate monthly advertising revenue while doubling as a virtually unlimited promotional. Learn different platforms. Stamp our newly minted name (or an indirect value of it) on everything from accelerometer controllers to adorably graphic puzzlers to whatever. Reinvest to meet sustainability. Churn money machine for new goodness. If anyone can tear a hole in this fantasy, please do so before I get too excited. -evan May 2, 2012, 11:04pm

Audio Circuits

I build mostly audio circuitry. If anyone would like to build a Altoid tin amplifier, can microphone, or contact mic I could host a project meetup. These are simple projects that do not take much time and the attendees will have something they built to take home with them after the meetup. -JetpackJesus May 15, 2012, 10:51am

I would definitely be interested in the altoid tin amp. -dhj May 15, 2012, 10:54pm
I have done such things... would be happy to do again. We can use an LM386 audio amplifier chip from Radio Shack and some perforated prototyping boards. All in all, it should cost around $10-$15 each with a speaker. I will be happy to source parts and send everyone links of what to buy (the most cost-effective solution). Also, we can assemble at my place if needed... I have a few soldering irons. -John David May 20, 2012, 8:41pm
JD, want to work together on this one? I have some ideas for improvements over the basic amplifier design that would make them more functional over a broader base of inputs. -JetpackJesus May 22, 2012, 12:43pm

Public Wifi

A few people have suggested public wifi as a group project. Either we would work with antennas and gain to extend the range of public networks or use xbee units (JD's suggestion) to create nodes for increasing the size of a network. These could then be distributed in neighborhoods with schools or libraries to extend the infrastructures to people who cannot afford broadband service. If we were to coordinate our results with city government organizations and schools we could use this project as a way to garner attention. -User:JetpackJesus May 15, 2012, 10:57am

sounds cool... we could use either WRT54G with DDWRT software and range-extend a public network from a single source, or possibly use an Xbee wireless mesh network to act as a repeater for signals from a wifi router. Would be a fun radio project if nothing else. -JohnDavid May 20, 2012, 8:45pm
I've been personally researching this for a while; aggregating existing, free wifi networks into a one. Would be fun to talk about.

Been going off this idea and the posts... solar-powered-wifi-repeater -killbox Aug 20, 2012, 7:28pm

RepRap (Planning + Initial Construction?)

Every hackerspace needs one, here's a bill of materials: SAE_Prusa_Mendel

I'm open to everyone helping on this project so we have a 3d printer in the eventual maker shop. I've got the plastic pieces with bushings instead of bearings. J.D., do you have spare stepper motors by chance? I meant to ask you today. I'm in Florence this weekend, I'll see what else is lying around.

Here's a nice overview for those who may not be familiar with 3d printing using a reprap based printer : youtube- user:Heath may 25 2012

3D printer planning and hopefully some initial construction depending on parts availability. dhj Jul 11, 2012, 11:32am

Tool Library

Old article but just as relevant: Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make "TechShops"? Heath may 25 2012

An idea for when we have a space. Not necessarily a group project, but it would be a good thing to have for the group and it would require a group effort. Tool Library -JetpackJesus Jun 13, 2012, 6:14pm

This Serialized page maker might come in handy for documenting tools.Wikiadmin 18:25, 3 January 2013 (CST)

Solar Auto Chicken Coup

Katie has some friends with a chicken coup and they are interested in adding a door to their chicken coup that's solar powered and lets the chickens in and out and also counts the chickens that enter and leave. dhj Jul 11, 2012, 11:32am

Trebuchet (Planning)

Planning catapults. dhj Jul 11, 2012, 11:32am

Potato Gun (BYO Parts)

This discussion has been moved to the Talk page of Project:Potato Gun

Build your favorite potato gun design. We will point out a few options or design your own. Bring your own parts. Also some planning to incorporate potato guns into control systems. dhj Jul 11, 2012, 11:32am

For the potato gun, we could divide into groups, have each group make a different type- spring-powered(like a nerf gun), pneumatic( like with a chamber pumped with a bike pump), and, um, combustion powered, then compare results. I volunteer for the bike pump one, since it fits well into my human-powered walking tank plans. A reference: Here's the rangefinder I was looking at. It wouldn't be applicable in this case, because it only goes out to 3 meters, but I'm sure we could come up with something: -Houston Jul 12, 2012, 8:35pm
Any info on creating burst disks to a specific pressure? Layered aluminum foil maybe? I will bring my compressor. We will need to do experiments to see how much pressure aluminum foil can take. Our max PSI, for safety's sake, should not exceed 100. Someone bring a bag of potatoes :) Where are we going to shoot these off?-User:JetpackJesus Jul 14, 2012, 1:03pm
What's the typical distance? There's a small field down the creek. Or we can shoot into the creek for testing.-dhj Jul 14, 2012, 4:25pm


Thought I would go ahead and start the ball rolling since no one has posted anything here. Here is my portfolio from my Flickr account. Epic Geek Poetry Nothing too high tech or useful as anything but art or instrument, but maybe it will inspire others to post in here. -User:JetpackJesus Jul 22, 2012, 9:04pm

Project Meetups Proposal

Would anyone be interested in adding projects meetups led and hosted by individuals in the group? The idea being that members could host ongoing or one time project meetups outside of the scheduled project meetups. Members could set up their own project meetups on the meetup (I or one of the other organizers would make sure it was announced) page and that way we could have more possible chances for people to join in on projects that may fit their personal interests. The only caveat would be that they would need to be scheduled on dates that do not interfere with the regularly scheduled meetups. In this way, for instance, Houston could have people over to help with his welding cart over multiple days, or Heath would be able to have people over to help build the Rap Rap on a date when he is more available. I don't feel like this would reduce attendance at the regularly scheduled meetups and it might open up more time for members to participate. Obviously when we have a space this will become the norm, but I feel we need to go ahead and start moving toward this model to increase inclusivity. -User:JetpackJesus Jul 22, 2012, 7:51pm

cheap stuff


spectrometer from a cereal box, spectrometer -Heath jul 22, 2012, 7:23pm

webcam microscope

webcam microscope, just need one of these: the video will be shaky without a stand, something like this: ...but that doesn't mean you can't make nice photos -Heath Jul 22, 2012, 3:19pm

more ideas...

  • these guys are doing it right:

  • you can build a thermal cycler for about $15.

ruby lasers are easy, cheap, and you never know when you'll need one?...

have a few dremels for this, but i really want one for cutting metal

  • software defined radio is awesome and can be done for ~75-100USD

need some cheap routers for this -Heath Jul 22, 2012, 3:19pm

Scanner Camera

I've built a scanner camera and a number of pinhole cameras. I'd love to demo them for you guys if you're interested.

Project:Project pages

i created a project to help me streamline project page making.Wikiadmin 18:30, 2 January 2013 (CST)

Anything I can look at to as a model for streamlining other page creation (the task list pages?) Velochicdunord 14:33, 5 August 2013 (CDT)