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This Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 6:30pm, we’ll be hosting NYC Mesh, a group who are building a community-operated mesh network consisting of Wi-Fi router “nodes” spread throughout the city. The mesh network has no central server and no single internet service provider. All nodes cooperate in the distribution of data, serving as a stand-alone network in case of emergencies. Stop by if you’d like to find out more about the NYC Mesh and perhaps add some nodes to grow the mesh in Brooklyn.
July 15h, 2015 6:30pm.
(Optional) RSVP on Meetup.com.
What is a better holiday activity than a picnic in the park or reading the internet all day at home? Spending the day inside soldering, sewing, programming or laser cutting something great with other nerds! This Friday NYC Resistor is having our third #HackFriday event, an open day for you to come hack on your projects with us. The space will be open from 10am on 3 July and everyone is welcome.
Since our last CryptoParty in March, crypto tools remain confusing to use, so we’re going to host another one! Join us and some experts talk about how to use privacy-enhancing tools like VPNs, Tor, and Signal. Bring your laptop and your crypto-curiosity to Resistor on July 1st, 7:30 pm for hands-on help with end-to-end secure communications, anonymous web browsing, and general good practices for online privacy with folks that have been using this stuff for slightly longer than most.
No need to RSVP; This is a free as in free-beer and free-dom event! Feel free to bring snacks though, and check out CryptoParty’s Guiding Principles to get a primer on our chill vibes.
The call for submissions to the Open Hardware Summit is now open!
This year’s Open Hardware Summit will be back in the States in Philadelphia, PA on September 19, 2015. Now in its sixth year, OHS brings together an inquisitive and active community of open hardware hackers, manufacturers and theorists for a full day of talks, poster presentations, and after hours socializing. If you have not been before, come. If you have been before, isn’t this the year you should submit a proposal to share your knowledge and perspective?
Proposals will be reviewed in a double-blind process by experts in the field and the roster of speakers determined by July 31, 2015.
Read the detailed call for submissions for instructions on submitting a proposal.
The sixth annual NYC Resistor Interactive Show is coming up this Caturday at 8pm. We have an overly generous baker’s dozen artists building a show fit for both organic and robotic party goers. We mentioned a few in our previous post, and here are a few more…
Our musical guest is plants! Not a band name, its actual plants that play instruments. Kirk Kaiser’s Plant Controlled Robot Bongos as well as Amy Cheng with her Plant Cyborgs are bringing the party, vegetation style, with their biohacks.
Do you like ducks? What’s a party without ducks? How about robot ducks! We got one. Join the trip in Jakob Theileis’s Kinetic Robot Farm.
Are you the mutant savior? Find out at the Reformed Church of Robotron, by regional bishops Adam Mayer and David Huerta. It’s totally not the Church of Robotron from Oregon. They are heretics who have gone astray and we are the true church. You think otherwise, blasphemer? Beat our high scores to prove it!
The NYC Resistor Interactive Show is taking place on…
May 30th, 2015
8:00 PM ET – Late
Mark your calendars! Our annual interactive art show fundraiser is coming up on May 30th and it’s going to be totally ~cyberbananas~. New York’s partiest interactive artists will be showing off their latest explorations into the future, sometimes with robots! Tickets sell out fast, so bump it up to 88 miles per hours and reserve yours today.
Tickets available online or at the door: $15
May 30th, 2015
8:00 PM ET – Late
Been waiting for an intro to Arduino class? Join us for a NSFW edition on May 23rd! Tickets here. We’re partnering with Orgasmatronics Inc. to run a class — check out their IndieGoGo campaign. The workshop will be a no-experience-needed, no-soldering-needed introduction to using Arduino to control vibrators and other sex toys.
As always, Eventbrite has our full class listing.
NYCResistor member Alicia Gibb has an amazing project up on Kickstarter!
Reserve your Build Upons to build this cute robot now: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1828089281/build-upons-light-up-bricks
Build Upons are awesomely tiny light up bricks that are compatible with LEGO® bricks! The Build Upons system has three types of bricks: an LED brick, a power brick, and a bridge brick. Light the LED bricks by connecting them to a Power Brick – you can design pathways with as many Bridge Bricks as you need for ultimate flexibility. Build Upons LED bricks are based on 1×1 bricks to create elegant designs. You don’t need to know electronics to use these bricks, you simply build, just like you’ve always done! This is the newest in STEAM products brought to you by a woman-owned company!
What is a soft robot anyway? Over the last few weeks I’ve been giving demos at Resistor to show students what they are, what they’re good for, and how you can make your own.
Resistor was host to two meetup groups: the ACM NYC Group and the Soft Robotics Technology Group. During the demonstrations I gave a brief overview of the state of the art in soft robotics and then went into how I designed and built my most popular soft robot to date: the Glaucus.
Students helped out by casting waxes, degassing silicone, and pouring up molds themselves. Maybe soon I’ll come up with a way to get an even more hands-on demo where people can each make a bot themselves to take home.
Below you can find video from the ACM lecture:
The Interactive Show is coming up faster than Big Dog on a graphene high! This year we’ve been musing over the future and our relationship between us our robot friends. So much of our imaginations have been shoehorned into narratives of subservience (Jetsons, the Matrix) or all-out war (Terminator, the Butlerian Jihad). Why not envision a future where we party hard with our robotic friends instead? This year, we’re calling all of Brooklyn’s finest interaction artists to portray the future, preferably with robots in it, through interactive art. Here’s some footage from last year’s show to give you an idea of what you’d be in for:
This year’s show will be May 30th. If you’re interested in being part of a show, drop us a line at email@example.com! Try to get in touch by April 26th so we can make sure there’s space for your project. Hope to hear from you soon!
Next time you visit NYC Resistor, you might notice a new LED clock above the laser room door. It’s built with a surplus AMD1026 one-line LED display that has been re-brained with a SparkCore. Eventually we might take advantage of it being online to interface with the laser reservation system. For more details on interfacing with the hardware and the source code, check out trmm.net/SparkSign.
Ignoring the Half-Tau Day heretics out there, we laser-etched some pies for Pi Day. This is a cranberry-orange meringue pie. Turns out the meringue etches beautifully! If you look closely at the pie you’ll notice that there are digits of pi forming the outline…
Settings for raw meringue on our laser are apparently 100 power and 100 speed. (We did bake it a bit after this, no worries.) Making laser noms is fun!
gopher://gopher.nycresistor.com/1 is now live!
For those of you aching to find out more about NYC Resistor while surfing the arpanet on your mosaic browsers, fret not. We’ve got you covered. Now with our newly launched gopher services you can keep in touch with the modern era from the comfort of your golden age of technology and grand self delusion. We aim to please!
Managing private communication on the internet is a bit like space travel: It’s not impossible but the technology involved is difficult to use. Bring your laptop and your crypto-curiosity to Resistor on March 11th, 7:00pm for hands-on help with end-to-end secure email, anonymous web browsing, and general good practices for online privacy with folks that have been using this stuff for slightly longer than most. If you’re already an uber l337 cypherpunk and have a PGP key already, stick around for a key signing and probably some snacks!
Lasers can make tasty treats. I spent some time last night with my friend Brenda Hiller (pictured here) experimenting with using the laser to caramelize colored sugar onto some chocolate tiles. Place a piece of chocolate into the laser (with something food-safe under it, of course), pour on some sugar, and then etch away. We were experimenting with what kinds of shapes we’d be able to etch.
The end result? The caramelized sugar sticks to the chocolate tiles, and it is super tasty. Full writeup and a few more photos on my blog.
For anyone using any of the APIs now under Google Cloud, I’ve recently launched an unconventional crowdfunding campaign to buy a month of Gold tier support ($400/month), which I plan to use not just for my own support requests, but yours too! It turns out there’s a lot of unanswered questions relating to APIs I might want to use in the future, and maybe you’re in the same boat.
I plan to pool our funds to send our support tickets to real live humans, first dibs for campaign backers, then onward to submit all the unanswered Google Cloud questions I can find using my Ticket Overflow extension for Chrome/Chromium, which I’ll also be releasing as part of the campaign. If you have any hot API probs, post them on Stack Overflow with the appropriate tags (gcloud, google-translate, google-cloud-platform, etc) and I’ll try to get answers for them. Ultimately, the more questions get answered, the easier it will be for other developers searching Stack Overflow to find API answers and make the internet just that much more useful!
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