Nov 172015




Want to learn how to combine LASERS and glass? Grab a ticket for our upcoming collaboration with UrbanGlass!

In this one day workshop, students will get to design a simple object within a 7″ x 7″ square, laser cut that object in wood and then cast it in glass. It’s a full-day event, from 10am-7pm on December 12.

We’ve got other classes coming up, too, including a vector display class and our usual laser certification class. Check ’em out on our Eventbrite!


Nov 102015

TLDR: This party is now no longer on Nov 14, or at NYC Resistor. Read on for details!

So you may have noticed there’s another much bigger hackers party the same weekend as the one we planned to have. Heh, great minds think alike. So, we’ve decided rather than force people to pick sides and make this some form of competition, we’d just make life easier on everyone and join forces with the other party. In part, this is because of recent upgrades to NYC Resistor’s machine room eating up a significant amount of our floor space. In part, it’s because we really wanted to check out the other party as well =P.

hacktheplanet party details

So we got in touch with the folks at and they were excited to team up with us as well. We’ll be bringing the nycresistor hackers party projects over there. We hope to see you there.

Details for the event:

WHERE: The Paper Box
WHEN: November 13th 2015
WHO: The best music you can possibly imagine
WHAT: Full cyber punk regalia

This Thursday the 12th you are also invited to our Open Hack Night at NYC Resistor to work on / complete your projects for the party. Get amped up. Show everyone you know stuff, and didn’t just get a puter for christmas. Be elite ya’ll.


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Nov 012015

Curious about Arduinos? Not sure where to start? Come to our introductory Arduino class on November 15th! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.


We’ll cover the basics of using an Arduino for both input and output, using a light sensor, LEDs, a buzzer, and more! We’ll also talk about breadboarding and the basics of Arduino programming. No previous electronics experience necessary. Our Arduino classes often sell out, so get your tickets!

Oct 232015

I carved this here Benedict Pumpkinpatch during another year’s Pumpkin Hacking session, come along and we can show you how, too!

Hello pumpkins! It’s that time of year again!

This year it’s BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN, because for some reason people at our space don’t enjoy hacking around rotting piles of pumpkins in the days following our little get-together.

We will also be snacking on holiday themed foods (candy corn and pumpkin seeds, anyone?) and watching spooky (but not scary) movies. JOIN US!

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Tickets are $10, purchase them here:

Oct 192015

Every Monday at NYC Resistor is Laser Night, but now every other Monday is also Knit Night! That means tonight, zomg. Come, bring your knitting projects, and hang out. We’ll be here from 7pm til 10pm, or whenever we decide to go home.

Oct 172015

Are you interested in making vector display art or playing retro arcade games on XY monitors? Then you will be excited to hear that NYC Resistor is having a class on interfacing with oscilloscopes, vector monitors and laser projectors. After soldering together the 1 MHz DAC boards, we’ll explore how to write your own vector games or art pieces.

Vectrex and Toughbook
We’ll also show how to patch MAME to output the vectors to the USB port and how to convert the classic Vectrex game console to an XY monitor. Asteroids, Lunar Lander and Tempest look great on a real CRT vector display with real phosphors.

"Codex" by Duncan Malashock
We’re also organizing a vector demo scene exhibition in NYC in January. This is your chance to display your glowing line art or video game and show off your retro-aesthetic skills. More details on this will be posted later.

Buy your class tickets (includes the DAC board) and bring your laptop with your creative straight-line ideas to the space on 21 November!

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Oct 012015

The year was 1995. The place, New York. NYC Resistor would not exist for another 13 years. But, for one precious moment, NYC was alive with the sound of awesome techno, and terrible tech euphemisms.

Now hold on to your jolt cola, because NYC Resistor is going to celebrate what may be the worst best hacker film ever. Hackers of the world unite! Mark your calendars, November 14, 2015 is going to be a day to remember. Yes we’re 2 months late to the actual release date anniversary, but who cares, RISC changed everything.

We expect you to show up dressed the part. Ready to act the part. Cereal Killer fought for your rights to not be trashed, trashing this invitation would be a mockery of everything good in this world. Bring your oversized orange secure systems books! Don your roller blades. Got a hud? You might need it. We’ll be sitting here looking pretty all day waiting for you to crash our party like fifteen hundred and seven systems.

I’ve brewed a beer, and we have a couple of custom projects forming up for this event. You got a month and a half to build something to show you didn’t just get a puter for christmas! But, as long as you can appreciate the beauty of the baud, we’re glad to have you.

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Sep 242015

Craft Night at NYC Resistor

NYC Resistor holds regular open houses every Thursday evening and if you’re in town for Makerfaire this week, drop by NYC Resistor for Craft Night!  We’ll be busy putting the finishing touches on Semaphore Hero, and hosting other out-of-town makers and hackers.  Doors open at 6:30pm and run until 9:30pm!

Sep 222015

Do you remember Guitar Hero? We’ve made a game that’s sort of like that, but with way better music, graphics that were pulled from a dating sim/late 90s budget CGI cartoon and two flags that control semaphore gestures!

Use your flag-waving skills to land a plane and/or boat and get rescued from an uncharted island that we’ll pretend has a working airstrip and/or dock. Point your ears in the general direction of this music to find us and get ~*NAUTICAL*~!

Semaphore Hero Demo

Getting hella nautical

World Maker Faire will take place at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, September 26th & 27th, 2015.

6th Annual New York Maker Faire!

Sep 162015
Improvised Timekeeping Device (@phooky)

Improvised Timekeeping Device (@phooky)

You may have read about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year old boy who was arrested Monday for bringing a clock to school. Ahmed built his own digital clock out of spare parts on Sunday night and brought it to school on Monday to show his Engineering teacher. He was arrested – wearing his NASA shirt – after his English teacher claimed it “looks like a bomb.”

Join us in standing with Ahmed and promoting Engineering in schools on Thursday night by making your own DIY clock. Browse our junk drawers, grab some LEDs, and slap together your best Improvised Timekeeping Device. We have plenty of soldering irons and there will be people around to help out if you’re new with electronics. Philosophers will also be on hand if you have trouble with the concept of time itself.

Follow Ahmed’s situation on Twitter.

Craft Night is one of NYC Resistor’s weekly open-to-the-public nights.  We’ll be there from about 6:30 p.m. until time stops making sense, at 87 3rd Ave (and Bergen Street) in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ave / Barclays Center subway stop.

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