Eric Skiff

Nov 202011
 

New Work City is a fantastic co-working at Broadway and Canal in manhattan. If you’ve never checked out a co-working space, it’s a lot like NYC Resistor, except instead of gathering in the evenings to hack on projects, it’s a place for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who works for themselves to get stuff done.

It’s also a great source of community and connections, and as New Work City starts ramping up their own classes, we’re doing a bit of cross promotion. We think many of the classes will be interesting to the NYCR community!

Upcoming Classes at New Work City:

Check out their full class roster for dates, and sign up for their newsletter to get updates!

Oct 312011
 

Kevin Green, who is making a new Arduino compatible rapid prototyping board, approached us to see if we’d be interested in chatting about his new project. It’s essentially like an Arduino, but instead of just having rows of headers that you can plug anything into, it’s designed to accept any of a bunch of pluggable sensors and parts. It has a breadboard built in, and it dresses like a New Yorker (that is, all in black), so it looks pretty rad. I asked Kevin a few questions about the project, which you can read after the jump, or you can head straight to his kickstarter here

Who are you, and why did you start this project?
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Dec 092010
 

(CORRECTION! This class is on SUNDAY, not saturday as originally written here.)

Our most popular class, Arduino and Soldering 101, is running again this Sunday (Dec 12th), and still has a few spaces left. If you’ve been curious about electronics and Arduino at all, this is where to start.

Make your own Arduino and learn how to use it in the same class!

Description:

Freeduino and parts
This is your friendly introductory class to soldering and
micro-controllers. In this three-hour class we will:

  • Solder together a Freeduino board (an Arduino Duemilanove-compatible board)
  • Learn how to program it using the Arduino environment
  • Wire up several circuits and load up code to read sensors and light LEDs
  • Cover variables, functions, basic Arduino functionality
  • Show you how to get more help in the future for all your projects

When you leave, you’ll have a micro-controller, a mini-USB cable, a power supply and a few programs to play with.
The class will be taught by NYC Resistor members Liz Arum and Charles Pax.


Please bring a laptop with the Arduino environment on it. It’s available at http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software.

Dec 082010
 

Hilary and I will be speaking at the Y+30 meetup this coming monday at the 92nd street Y as part of a panel that will be discussing how people will communicate with machines (and vice versa) and with one another through machines.

The Y+30 meetup examines how various aspects of our lives might look in 30 years, and this panel should be very interesting! For my part, I’ll be bringing my experiments with openFrameworks, openCv, and some very raw Kinect hacking (thanks Widget!) as well as my monome.

Event link (note, this is not at NYC Resistor!)
http://www.meetup.com/BLKNY30/calendar/15581753/

Event Excerpt:
As technology continues to evolve and innovate at breakneck speeds, we’ve seen human behavior upended in a miraculously short span of time. Not only has our manner of communication changed, but the very notion of communication and the communicative abilities available to us are completely different. How people relate to one another professionally, socially, and artistically are different than even ten years ago, and will likely be much different thirty years from now. This panel will examine these ideas from multiple perspectives, including digital art, policy, social media, human- computer interfaces, and more. A diverse collection of technologists will speak on the subject, and there will be demonstrations of gadgets and interfaces from hack collective NYCResistor and an art installation piece from digital media institute Harvestworks.

Tickets for this event are $10 and are available through the 92Y Box Office and Venmo.

Nov 242010
 

A few weeks ago, Google approached us to see if we’d be interested in throwing in a DemoSlam entry using the QR Code Waffles that we’d previously attempted. (hat tip to Foxx, who came up with the idea at a craft night)

After some successful experimentation with hand-drawn QR codes I put out a challenge to the rest of NYCR: The team that makes the most righteous, edible QR code that actually recognizes using google googles wins the prize.

Naturally, the prize started with “W” and ended with “affles” :)

As always, the amazing creativity and ingenuity that Resistors brought out for this project blew me away! Check out the video below, and lots more info on the various projects after that

Our slam came out great, but it’s impossible to show all of the amazing projects in the short span of the video. Here’s a roundup of all of the amazing hacks:

Ranjit’s awesome QR Code Tortilla took home the prize for being an amazing and edible food hack that recognized.

Successfull QR Tortilla scan

Raph put the new milling machine to work on a custom waffle iron, milling out the tiny blocks of the QR code. Unfortunately the milling didn’t quite work out, so no QR code waffle maker (or cattle branding) for us, but the iron itself recognized when it’s recesses were filled with flour, and the thing just looks gorgeous.

Heating the mini QR waffle maker

Mini QR waffle maker

Jeff not only made a custom cast QR code icon, he also brought a ton of tiny jello “jiggler” cubes and made a beautiful QR code in google colors.

MG 5720

Backlit jello QR

Zach got a Makerbot frostruder going and printed a working peanut-butter QR code on a slice of cheese

Makerbot "Nutella model"

Adam said “om nom nom” as he ate his mashed-potatoes and gravy QR code, and also lead a crew using the laser to each out the QR code from a pancake

Epilog Pancake QR

Chris, Nick, Ryan, and Ben assembled a QR code out of cheese-its, EZ-Cheese and posterboard.

Cheddar Cracker QR

Charles attempted a QR code out of microchips (chips are edible, right?)

IC QR

And finally, thanks to Liz, Jon S, Jon K, and Herb, we actually got the QR code waffle to work, after lots of slicing and splicing and some judicious use of chicklets and chocolate chips.

Nutella dispensing

Chiclet Waffle QR

It was an incredibly fun night, and huge thanks to everyone who threw a hack into the contest, helped put them together, and to everyone who was friendly to the crew as they joined us in the space for the shoot.

Now… Who’s hungry for waffles? :D

Successful waffle QR

PS: You can check out the rest of Trammel’s awesome photos here

PPS: Huge thanks to LuckyNY for doing the shoot and being generally awesome to work with!

(For anyone curious about the music, it’s one of my 8-bit tracks “Underclocked” from “Resistor Anthems” which you can download free under a CC-BY license here: http://ericskiff.com/music)

Sep 302010
 

Make your own Arduino and learn to program it! One of our most requested classes is back – come join us Sunday at noon and get started with Arduino, soldering, and electronics. There’s so much fun stuff you can do once you’ve got an Ardunio and some basic skills and this class gets you set up with both. No previous skills (programming, or soldering) required.

Sign up here

This is your friendly introductory class to soldering and micro-controllers. In this three-hour class we will:

  • Solder together a Freeduino board (an Arduino Duemilanove-compatible board)
  • learn how to program it using the Arduino environment
  • wire up several circuits and load up code to read sensors and light LEDs
  • cover variables, functions, basic Arduino functionality
  • show you how to get more help in the future for all your projects
  • When you leave, you’ll have a micro-controller, a mini-USB cable, a power supply and a few programs to play with.

Please bring a laptop with the Arduino environment on it. It’s available at http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software.

You can register for the class here

Feb 262010
 

Move day is upon us, and we could certainly use all the help we can get! If you’ve got a few hours, please join us anytime during the move (10-6).

We’ll be meeting at 10am at 397 Bridge St, but if you can’t join us then, we’re sure to need helpers in the afternoon as the initial crew gets tired.

For info, addresses, and a general plan, here’s our wiki page:
http://wiki.nycresistor.com/wiki/TheBigMove

Feb 142010
 

Video from our 48 Hour Hackathon featuring projects created during the event:
openFrameworks art, EL wire fashion, 3d printed bottle openers, LED email lights, massive LED matrix projects, and books hacked to hold digital collections of… books!