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.
Stop by this Saturday and see my latest creation – the PixelWeaver. It’s a hand-cranked, fully-mechanical display driven by a Jacquard-style punch card reader. Read the full write-up on my website and check out the video below!
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…
We’ll be closed tonight for Memorial Day. See you at Craft Night on Thursday. Have a great holiday!
Don’t forget our 6th annual Interactive Show is this Saturday!
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
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: