May 112016
 

TLDR; NYC Resistor now has TWO craft nights each week – Monday Craft Night and Thursday Craft Night. This is just a naming change, each night’s activities remain unchanged.

Why the change? We used to have just one Craft Night, and then folks wanted more laser time, so we started Laser Nights on Mondays. But the two nights are very similar, and the names were a bit confusing, so we voted to call them both Craft Night.

What is a Craft Night, anyway? If you’ve never been to a Craft Night before, you should! These are our main public events. Come hang out, work on a project, talk with other people about their projects, and/or learn something new. Craft Nights are Mondays @ 7:30pm til close, and Thursdays @ 6:30pm til close. 

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We also have a knitting circle that meets every other Monday during Craft Night (check the calendar – the next one is May 16th, 2016). Bring your existing project and knit with us, or if you don’t know how to knit, we’ll teach you! We have spare needles & yarn. Crochet, needlepoint, and other related activities also welcome.

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As always, both nights are governed by our Code of Conduct. If you have any questions, you can email contact@nycresistor.com.

May 112016
 

Neural Networks, a longtime staple of Artificial Intelligence research, have recently enjoyed a renaissance in the hands of artists painting with GPUs and algorithms instead of brushes and easels. Style transfer, an algorithm used to read a particular painters style and recreate existing images in that style, has been a recent focus of a number of artists, like Gene Kogan. As part of their exploration into the field of neural networks, NYC Resistor member David Huerta and Machine Learning Scientist JB Rubinovitz from DBRS Labs have created a photo booth for style transfer, so you can redraw your face in the style of up to four artists, including Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe!

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Once your photo is processed, it’s tweeted into @NN_Paint‘s timeline.

BONUS: Each tweet has a link to an animated .gif which shows frames at various points in the neural network’s progress.

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Are you ready to make your selfie great again? Buy your tickets before they sell out!

May 052016
 

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Code Liberation is bringing 8-bit sound to NYCR with a workshop for women next Wednesday.

Who doesn’t love a vintage Atari soundtrack? In this workshop, we’ll teach you to do more than press buttons to this kind of sound, we’ll show you how to build it. We’ll dive into some of the techniques video game pioneers used to create sound. We will cover the basics of electronics and wave form generation using electronic current without a computer. By the time you leave, you’ll be well on your way to being a 8 bitshifter!

More details and tickets are here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/8-bit-analog-synth-workshop-tickets-25233730768

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May 042016
 

We’ve still got room in Saturday’s Laser Cutting class! Come learn how to use our magical laser cutter.

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.)

Hurry up and get your tickets!

 

May 022016
 

Trammell Hudson and Kyle McDonald are teaming up to merge two projects to make them great again!

This project makes Kyle’s [and Matt Mets’] “Blind Self Portrait” bot great again by combining it with Trammell’s whiteboard drawing “Polargraph”. The attendees will be able to pose for a portrait that will be drawn life-size on a whiteboard for selfies or flip-chart paper for them to take home.

Grab tickets to get yours

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Apr 262016
 

Nick Brewer is bringing two projects to this year’s Interactive Show, a suitcase photo booth and a tiny arcade cabinet.

I tend to draw inspiration from taking new technology (usually Raspberry Pi’s) and installing it into old/unusual places. The photo booth is actually built out of a suitcase I found in a rural Michigan thrift store, and the portable arcade is designed to look like a nice jewelry box, but with a full game system inside.

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More pictures and technical details after the break.

Buy your tickets for The Interactive Show, May 14th!

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Apr 182016
 

We’ve got two great classes coming up this weekend: our ever-popular laser-cutting class on Saturday, and PCB Design with EAGLE on Sunday.

Once you take our laser-cutting class, you can swing by on any public night to use our laser! Amaaaazing.

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…or take the EAGLE class, and learn how to design your own circuit schematics!

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I mean, or you could take both. Check out the class listings on Eventbrite!

Apr 072016
 

Tickets are on sale for this years Interactive Show and project submissions are starting to roll in. The Interactive Show is our annual party and fundraiser that invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided.

Join us for a blinkin’ good time!

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There’s still room in the show for new submissions, so come show off your stuff. This year’s theme is #MakeInteractiveGreatAgain. It’s a great excuse to make that delusion-powered hot air cannon you’ve been wanting to build, or put a new twist on an old project and make it even more awesome!

Contact us to submit your project.