January Meeting - Mitch Altman - Trippy RGB Light Workshop and Community Building Talk

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Date/Time: 14 Jan 2008 - 1700-1900
Location: AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence. Directions

We totally lucked out! Mitch Altman, inventor of the TV-B-Gone, will be passing through RI and has agreed to come by and do a workshop and a talk. Big thanks go out to Brian Jepson for swinging Mitch in our direction.

The Trippy RGB Light is made from hacking a MiniPOV kit. It's quick to build, which is good given our short window at AS220. It's also versatile. When you take it home, you can re-hack it into a Brain Machine, a Solar Bug Bot or an open source TV-B-Gone.

Mitch gave us a variety of topics on which he could speak. We're getting our geek on with the workshop, so I figured something non-technical might be a nice foil. Mitch will be talking on Community Building, something we'll need to do a fair amount of if we want the hacker space to get off the ground and prosper.

Since we'll be doing a workshop, we'll need get started a little earlier, so be at AS220 at 1700 if you want to take part in the workshop. We'll get the talk going sometime around 1800, as usual. If you want to do the workshop, post a comment and include your email so I can send you a confirmation. I'll do a bulk buy of the MiniPOV kits and extra LEDs and you all can pay me back at the meeting.

Update: It would help if I enabled comments, eh?

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26 Comments

ducksauz said:

Obviously, I'll be there and I'll be making a Trippy RGB light. Sign up now if you want to join in the fun.

/ducksauz

Modus Operandi said:

Save a Trippy RGB light kit for me!

KD1S said:

Save a kit for me too! I plan on being there.

ducksauz said:

Two more are spoken for.
- Brian Jepson
- Larry Pesce

save one for me too!

Brandon Edens said:

Save a kit for me too!

hopperomatic said:

+1 on the kit for me. I'll be there.

falcone said:

id like a kit too! sounds like fun.

entr0py said:

I'd love a kit.

Dr. Make Monkey said:

A kit for me please. blink blink

_bloodyserb_ said:

One for me too please

I've built the kit as a brain machine once already, they are really nice kits.

I'm new to DC401, do I need to join the group somehow? Should I bring my own tools?

Cheers,

Sam

ducksauz said:

If you have tools, please bring them. Pretty much all you'll want to bring is a soldering iron, solder and wire cutters. We'll have some soldering irons available, but if you're used to yours, please bring it.

ducksauz said:

As for joining DC401. If you want to keep up to date with what's going on, the best thing to do is to subscribe to the mailing list.

_bloodyserb_ said:

Groovy!

My Weller and I will see you there.

lucidguppy said:

Kits are probably all used up by now, but I would still like to come see the talk.

KD1S said:

I had to modify mine slightly because I had a weak green LED. I swapped the 47 ohm resistor for a 10 ohm and lo and behold, brightness! Of course since I'd already taped the board to the battery case I had to kludge it, but it works.

Just snipped the 47 ohm resistor close to the body, left two posts and soldered the new resistor onto that.

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