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August 20 2018

Dance at Resistor, for science!

Bill Nye the Science Guy stands center frame in a while button up shirt, black suspenders, and classic bow tie. He throws his arms up and head back as the lights flash. The word 'SCIENCE!!!' is along the bottom of the image in gray.

Calling all Resistors and friends: We need you for a special project at the 23 August open Craft Night.

Alex is a PhD student studying astrophysics who wants to help make science accessible to the public via the medium of interpretive dance. He’s making a video for the Dance Your PhD contest and needs an ensemble of dancers to communicate that his data analysis methods will be applied to billions of never-before-observed galaxies. Don’t dance? No problem! If you can do the hokey pokey, you can dance this PhD! (For inspiration, check out Alex’s all-time favorite entry.)

Please join us to film the final scenes in and outside Resistor on Thursday, 23 August between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. And do feel free to share this announcement on social media. We look forward to dancing with you soon!

August 06 2018

EAGLE Weekend Photos

Thanks to all who came out for our Autodesk EAGLE meetup and classes this past weekend! It was a whirlwind of PCB design fun. Read on for more photos.


We ate pizza Friday night while dipping a toe into what the weekend had in store.

The Saturday intro class used Tinkercad Circuits to ease the transition from breadboard to schematic.

Here’s TA Sophi Kravitz with her flashy new mousepad…

Special thanks to instructor Matt Berggren and EAGLE teammates Edwin and Aish for traveling to be with us. We hope you’ll come back soon!

August 02 2018

Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile on Aug 12

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Soldering is one of the most important skills you’ll need for working with electronics. Come join us for an introductory through-hole soldering workshop. Soldering enables you to create sturdy connections between electrical components.



In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to use a soldering iron safely and effectively, and get plenty of practice with both soldering and desoldering techniques. We’ll be soldering up some Game of Life kits – LED tiles that generate nifty animations.



No previous experience is required, making this introductory workshop a great choice for anyone who’s curious about getting started with hardware tinkering! All materials will be provided.


This class will be taught by Resistor members David Huerta and Eric Beug.



As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/



Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.





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July 26 2018

Building Professional Electronics Hardware with Autodesk EAGLE on Aug 05

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Are you an electronics hobbyist looking to create a product? Leap from newcomer to pro with this all-day class on designing your own schematics and printed circuit boards with Autodesk EAGLE. Lunch included.


Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production.  We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made. This comprehensive class will also cover other advanced topics such as wireless design. Bring your questions!


Make sure you bring a laptop to participate during class and design your own circuit! Please download and install EAGLE from https://www.autodesk.com/products/eagle/free-download prior to the class.


class Instructor: Matt Berggren, Director, Fusion Electrical at Autodesk


class TA: NYC Resistor member Sophi Kravitz

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July 25 2018

Intro to Circuit Board Design with Autodesk EAGLE on Aug 04

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Have you ever envied those beautiful green printed circuit boards (PCBs) that all modern electronics have?  Do you want to kick up the professionalism in your projects with a real PCB?  Would you like to simply learn how to better document your circuits with a nicely done schematic?


Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you how to use the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production.  We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made.


Make sure you bring a laptop to participate during class and design your own circuit! Please download and install EAGLE from https://www.autodesk.com/products/eagle/free-download prior to the class.


class Instructor: Matt Berggren, Director, Fusion Electrical at Autodesk


class TA: NYC Resistor member Sophi Kravitz


Event image is from Randy Sarafan’s free Instructables PCB Design class: https://www.instructables.com/class/Circuit-Board-Design-Class/


 

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July 24 2018

Free NYC Autodesk EAGLE PCB Design Meetup on Aug 03

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Looking to meet likeminded electronics hobbyists and learn more about EAGLE PCB design softare? Join our free meetup Friday August 3! It’ll be a celebration kicking off our weekend classes taught by our special guest, Autodesk’s Matt Berggren. So whether you’re an old pro looking to talk feature specifics or a maker interested in learning what it takes to launch a successful hardware crowdfunding campaign, come mingle with us. Refreshments kindly provided by Autodesk. RSVP is optional, but helps us better estimate the refreshments to provide.


If you’re signed up for either of our Autodesk EAGLE classes, come meet your instructor and discuss any questions or topic requests you may have. If you’re on the fence about signing up for one of the classes, come learn more before you decide. More class info: 


Aug 4: Intro to Circuit Board Design with Autodesk EAGLE


Aug 5: Building Professional Electronics Hardware with Autodesk EAGLE


 


Event photo by Matt Joyce.

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July 18 2018

Laser Cutting: Cut and Etch Your Own Designs with Our Laser Cutter on July 28th

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

These classes fill up, reserve your spot now! This will be our only laser-cutting class during summer 2018.

Harness the power of an Eplilog 60 Watt Laser! In this class you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the ideas in your head become a reality with a laser.

In this three hour class, we’ll walk through all the steps from idea to pressing the “go” button on the laser. We’ll cover safety, basic file preparation, and learn how to do a burninate test to find out if a material is laserable. After the three hours, you’ll have made a plaque for your door, a keychain, a simple box or something slightly ambitious. (There is lab time for laser cutting, questions and answers, and working with Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc.)

After learning the basics, each student will create a simple design and cut it on the laser! A $10 lab fee is included in the ticket price and covers your time on the laser cutter to cut and etch. We have a variety of scrap material to experiment with or you can purchase laserable acrylic, Delrin, illustration board, leather, or wood. Midwest and Revell make a variety of plywood, bass and balsa that is perfect for laser cutting. The bed size of our laser is 32″ x 20″ so buy materials accordingly. Keep in mind that large-scale, complex, multi-cut projects may not be appropriate for the class. Our goal is to teach you how to use the tool, not how to reinvent the Sistine Chapel in one afternoon.

Please bring a laptop and a USB jump drive. You may choose to upload and install Inkscape or a free trial of Adobe Illustrator before you come to class to get familiar with the software and start on a vector design project.

This class is required for coming in to do work on the laser independently. If you get inspired, you can come back and laser your objects on our Monday or Thursday Craft Nights. (See our website for more info.)

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Maya Kutz. As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.

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July 09 2018

EAGLE weekend! August 3 meetup, Sat 4/Sun 5 classes

August 3-4-5 is EAGLE weekend!

Looking to meet likeminded electronics hobbyists and learn more about EAGLE PCB design software? Join our free meetup Friday August 3! It’ll be a celebration kicking off our weekend classes taught by our special guest, Autodesk’s Matt Berggren. So whether you’re an old pro looking to talk feature specifics or a maker interested in learning what it takes to launch a successful hardware crowdfunding campaign, come mingle with us. Refreshments kindly provided by Autodesk. RSVP is optional, but helps us better estimate the refreshments to provide.

Intro class: 

Have you ever envied those beautiful green printed circuit boards (PCBs) that all modern electronics have? Do you want to kick up the professionalism in your projects with a real PCB? Would you like to simply learn how to better document your circuits with a nicely done schematic?

Sign up for this PCB design class and we’ll teach you how to use the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production. We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made.

Advanced class: 

Are you an electronics hobbyist looking to create a product? Leap from newcomer to pro with this all-day class on designing your own schematics and printed circuit boards with Autodesk EAGLE. Lunch included.

Sign up for this advanced PCB design class and we’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the awesome, free EAGLE PCB design program (Mac/PC/Linux). You’ll learn how to draw schematics, find the right footprint, lay out a circuit board, route the circuit board, and finally prepare the board for production. We’ll even show you where you can go to have your boards made. This comprehensive class will also cover other advanced topics such as wireless design. Bring your questions!

Post image is from Randy Sarafan’s free Instructables PCB Design class

July 05 2018

Intro to Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output on July 15th

Come join us for a class! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Want to get started with physical computing?

Learn to program an Arduino and interact with the physical world! In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to Arduino and learn how to manipulate outputs based on sensor inputs.

Topics covered

  • What is Arduino?
  • Software setup (IDE, how to program it, the Serial monitor)
  • Reading schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Basics of breadboarding
  • Controlling output (blinking/fading an LED)
  • Reading sensor input (with a pushbutton, potentiometer and light sensor)
  • Combining input and output

Materials

All students will receive a basic electronics starter kit, which contains a starter pack of electronics components and sensors, including a breadboard, wires, light sensor, tilt sensor, LEDs, a motor, and more. Students will also receive an Arduino UNO.

Students should bring their own laptop and install some free software ahead of time:

Who should take this class?

Basic computer knowledge is assumed, and we’ll refresh a few concepts from high school physics and math. No previous experience with coding or circuits is required.

OK, awesome, I want to join!

Please be ready to start at 1pm!  We find that you will need this time to get through the whole class. Our classes tend to sell out about a week in advance so if you’re interested, you may want to sign up early.

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Justin Day.  As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email classes@nycresistor.com.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite.

June 16 2018

Solar Powered Glow Writer at tonight’s Interactive Show!

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

June 14 2018

Sandwiches by NLPanini at the Interactive Show 6/16

Taste the sandwich creations by NLPanini and its creator Amy Cheng! Her Twitter bot uses machine learning to generate sandwich recipes based off of menus of popular sandwich shops in NYC, and she’ll be serving the manifestation of some of those recipes at the Interactive Show this Saturday.

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

Looking Glass Lightfield + Volumetric Display at the Interactive Show Saturday 6/16

Come check out the Looking Glass lightfield + volumetric display at the Interactive Show on Saturday:

The Looking Glass is a new class of genuinely three-dimensional display that combines the benefits of volumetric and lightfield displays into a single system. Groups of people can now see and reach into the holographic worlds that live inside the glass walls of a Looking Glass, without VR or AR headgear. Designed for 3D creators (Maya, Cinema4D, ZBrush, Unity, Tinkercad, Blender…), the Looking Glass is a place for 3D digital creations of all types to live in the real world. The Looking Glass is launching Summer 2018.

Looking Glass Factory is a team of inventors, engineers, game devs, and artists – based in Brooklyn and Hong Kong – chasing the dream of the hologram. Specifically, the cinema dream of the hologram we were all promised in Star Wars, Iron Man, and Minority Report. Where groups of people can interact with floating 3D worlds. Since the founding of the company in 2014, Looking Glass Factory has launched a suite of products including volumetric prints, the L3D Cube, Volume, HoloPlayer One, and now coming this summer, the Looking Glass.

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

June 13 2018

Robot Bread at the Interactive Show 6/16

Randy Sarafan and Becky Stern are bringing bread robots to the party. The Interactive Show just got some more carbs! Bots are based on Randy’s simple bots, but with a glutenous upgrade. Which ones are actually edible? Your guess is as good as anybody’s.

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

June 12 2018

Edible House Sculpture at the Interactive Show June 16!

Come check out Shelby Arnold and Colleen AF Venable‘s edible house you can climb into and then slide out of! Escape out of the oven onto a giant foam pancake on the floor. The interior walls are made of edible waffles. Downstairs is a forest to surround the house and get that true Hansel and Gretel feel.

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

Sparkle Sprinkle Donut Party at the Interactive Show This Saturday 6/16

Adelle Lin and Matt Pinner are bringing Sparkle Sprinkle Donut Party to the Interactive Show this Saturday!

Come play in the Sparkle Sprinkle Donut Party. Interact with a self-driving experience in an absurd video world. The donuts are moving on there own course, but sprinkles are bountiful and always listening, watching, and receiving.  Using Wekinator, a real-time machine learning tool, your inputs are trained to affect the world in a simple, yet maybe contradicting ways.  How do you drive a party of donuts?

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

Encounter the God Potato at Saturday’s Interactive Show 6/16

NYC Resistor member AJ McGuire will exhibit the God Potato at the Interactive Show this Saturday. AJ asks, “What if you got a potato to speak? And then it wouldn’t stop telling you the terrible secrets of the universe?”

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

June 11 2018

LED Dress at the Interactive Show 6/16

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Michael Seri will exhibit his LED neon light dress Lock Her&Him Up at the Interactive show this Saturday 6/16! The chain mail dress is fitted with neon-esque LED tube and powered with batteries. Michael writes: “This dress will be worn by a model in different locations in NYC as a means of social justice and expression on the issues that are on the forefront of society.”

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

VR experiences Shadowbox & Computer Beach at the Interactive Show 6/16

 

Andrew Katsikas’ Shadowbox is “a Virtual Reality experience inside a box where the walls are made up of shadows that are ever-changing. Shadows are derived from movement/patterns observed in the natural world and distilled down to their essence. Shadows pulse in and out, reacting live to the music that is playing.”

Andrew Katsikas will also exhibit Computer Beach:

Computer Beach challenges and elevates the medium of 360 video by rejecting realism and emphasizing escapism. By combining the aesthetic of VHS-style “glitch” art, Vaporwave/Psychedelic culture and looping footage of a gorgeous beach in Martha’s Vineyard, we cultivate a hypnotic and transformative experience and make it available to everyone.

Come check them out at the Interactive Show this Saturday 6/16!

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

June 09 2018

DJ Smokey at the Interactive Show 6/16

Don’t miss DJ Smokey’s performance this weekend at the Interactive Show! If you came to our Halloween/Anniversary party last fall, you already know what it is.

A cinematographer by day, Smokey Nelson will bring the dance beats starting at 11pm with a carb-loaded mix of EDM, hiphop, classic favorites and more.

Halloween party photo by Billie Grace Ward

The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

Dat Phan’s Photon Molecule Interactive Origami LED Light Sculpture at the Interactive Show 6/16

Dat Phan will present his origami LED sculpture Photon Molecule at the upcoming Interactive Show on Saturday, July 16.

Photon Molecule is a modular origami piece laced with programmable LEDs. Viewers can interact with the sculpture via a Leap Motion hand-tracking sensor. There’s no meaning behind it; it is just meant to be pretty and fun.

Dat Phan is a recent transplant from San Francisco. While there, he was involved in and drew a lot of influence from the local Art+Tech and Burning Man communities. Although he studied software in school, he loves making tangible work-physical objects that take up space and are part of the environment alongside us. Having developed a love of light via photography, he combines his programming skills and crafting skills to create animated light sculptures. He takes a lot of inspiration from physics and nature and aims to push the aesthetic boundaries of physical lighting effects.

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The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self Driving Carbs

NYC Resistor’s Interactive Show returns for its 9th incarnation. Our annual party and fundraiser invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with free beats and beers provided. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

This year’s theme is Self-Driving Carbs. Biscuit swarms! A giant edible house! Posters you can chomp on! More projects to be announced soon. Keep checking the Resistor Blog for previews! And don’t worry there will be a gluten-free dance zone.

Grab your tickets now and get ready for a delicious evening of tech and tastiness!

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