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Jun 102011

This workshop led by Eyebeam Fellow Kaho Abe is for artists, designers and hobbyists interested in starting to think about and explore alternative physical interfaces that can be used in games, toys or interactive art projects.

Thinking beyond the traditional screen, keyboard and mouse interface, as well as the traditional gaming controller, we will utilize tools including the Arduino development system, simple low-tech switches and sensors to create custom physical interfaces to enhance the user experience. And later on in the workshop, we will learn about combining Processing with the Arduino for a richer experience.

 Posted by at 12:17 am
Apr 072011

“Pd as your embedded audio engine” will teach all about embedding libpd as the sound engine for your app, whether its iPhone, Android, Java, OpenFrameworks, Processing, etc. This workshop provides a broad spectrum of different ways of connecting Pd to other things. Having hardware isn’t a requirement either. The workshop will cover ways of interfacing with Pd from computer to computer. Bring your laptop and devices that you want to install libpd on (Android, iPhone, etc.)

HTML and/or programming knowledge will certainly help. The aim of this workshop is to give a broad spectrum of different ways to interface to Pd. So it will be dipping very slightly into Python, C, Java, Javascript, but this is usually “glue code” and all of the code will be fully provided. You do not need to be proficient in these languages at all, the workshop will also cover methods that also just use Pd with no code at all.

Here is an outline of topics:

* Introduction
* History of Pd as an engine
* Ways to interface with a Pd process
    * Midi & OSC
    * FUDI
    * stdout
    * Python + sockets
    * pdsend/pdreceive
* Parsing patches in three languages
* libpd on Android and iOS
* PdWebKitDroid
* RjDj and ScenePlayer
* WebPd

Purchase a ticket here:

Workshop: Pd as your embedded audio engine
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (EDT)
Where: NYCResistor, 87 3rd Ave, Brooklyn

Register Now!

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Mar 202011

Join us at NYC Resistor next Sunday, this month we have William Brent ( ) in town joining us.  He’s written the timbreID library for extracting detailed info from audio, as well as some video tracking objects for Gem, and of course uses them in his artistic works.

We spend enough time alone staring at our computers; we are proposing to work together. So often issues that arise when working can be solved with a quick two minute discussion that would take hours to solve alone. We have Dorkbot to see people’s work, we have Share where anyone can play, we have workshops and universities to learn from. This is a meeting where we all can come to work.

This is an informal gathering of patching and patchers (Pd, Max/MSP/Jitter, and even vvvv, Eyesweb, Labview, etc.). Beginners and Experienced welcome. Open to everyone, students, the public, etc. Work on personal projects, professional projects, school projects, ask for help, help others, or just patch quietly to yourself, in a room full of other people patching patches and helping other people patch.

Sunday 3/27, 6-9pm

 Posted by at 4:29 pm
Jan 262011

Start Date: this Saturday, Jan 29, 2011
Hours: 12:30PM-6PM
Cost: Free / Venue: Eyebeam
540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212.937.6580 Fax: 212.937.6582

Come learn about mobile privacy, test our software and hack your
Android-powered phones, players, readers and tablets. The Guardian
Project ( aims to create easy to use apps,
open-source firmware MODs, and customized, commercial mobile phones that
can be used and deployed around the world, by any person looking to
protect their communications from unjust intrusion. We will be working
on and testing apps from Guardian and other developers that provide
features for increased privacy, anonymity and security on mobile networks.

The workshop will specifically cover the following topics:

– How to browse the web anonymously and circumvent filtering and
firewalls using Orbot (Tor for Android) and Firefox Mobile
– Tweeting over Orbot using transparent proxying (iptables magic!)
– Secure your SMS and mobile IM conversations using “Off the Record”
– Make end-to-end encrypted voice calls using CSipSimple and Freeswitch
– Learn about the state of and “how to” on rooting Android devices, and
building and booting your own firmware

This event is being hosted at Eyebeam by Hans-Christoph Steiner as part
of his X-Lab Residency. Attendance is free – email stephanie [at]
eyebeam [dot] org to RSVP.

 Posted by at 3:55 pm
Jan 112011

Debian-NYC would like to invite you to our next Novice Night.

Novice Nights are Debian-NYC’s meetings for everyone. If you would
like to install Debian, come on by. If you would like help with
configuring or making Debian do what you need, we can do that too. If
you want to hang out with Debianistas to pick up tips and tricks, come
on by. We can also provide some help with other derivatives of Debian,
such as Ubuntu.

Novice Nights are free-form: bring your questions, and you’ll be able
to talk to people to answer them. There isn’t a set structure here or
presentation, so you can come and go as you would like. There may be
mini-presentations throughout the night. We will be able to help with
new installations or fixing/configuring existing ones. We can make
installation CDs or USB drives. You should bring your computers you
would like help on (and your friends!).

We welcome groups. If you have a group attending, feel free to contact
us in advance so that we can prepare something for you. If you have
questions, please direct them to Richard Darst .

Where and When: Eyebeam, Tuesday, January 18th, 2011. Come and go as
you like between 6pm and 10pm.

Getting there: See Eyebeam directions. Eyebeam is on the west side of
Manhattan, in Chelsea. (540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th
Avenues) New York, NY 10011) A/C/E/1/2/3/L trains are the closest, and
Eyebeam is right next the Hudson River Greenway.

Contact: IRC on #debian-nyc on ; [email protected] ;
or Richard Darst (rkd at zgib dot net).


 Posted by at 10:53 am
Nov 112010

Eyebeam’s running a fun workshop, build your own personal powerplant:

In this workshop led by Eyebeam alums fluxxlab with collaborator Farrukh Zia participants will assemble and take home their own Personal powerPlant. The Personal powerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a hand crank generator (with solar cell option) into a rechargeable battery for use in powering portable electronic devices through a USB terminal. The workshop will begin with an introduction to circuit basics and a group discussion on sustainable energy harvesting. Personal powerPlant DIY kits will be available for purchase during the workshop. The first version of the kit (v1) can be seen on the Instructables website –

This workshop is for: Anyone curious, teen-adult; or pre-teens with adult collaborators. Previous experience with soldering is helpful, but not essential.

$25 Material Fee • Sign-up here:

 Posted by at 1:37 pm

Ham License Plate

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Nov 052010



I’m here in Carbondale, Illinois with Joe Deken of New Blankets and Theron Trowbridge of Crashspace to spread the word about all sorts of hacking.  Our host Gi Vania is a ham and he even has an official Illinois ham license plate!

 Posted by at 10:55 am
Oct 262010

Laser Cutters are amazing wonderful tools, but they have a big downside: they create a lot of fumes, especially when cutting things like acrylic. So laser cutters have big filters, blowers, etc. to get rid of that smell. But the problem doesn’t stop there. When a piece of acrylic has been cut, it’ll stay warm for a bit and continue to off-gas. So if you take that freshly cut piece of acrylic out of the laser cutter, then the fumes will fill up the space where the freshly cut pieces are.

At Eyebeam, they have a clever hack to help with this problem. Its a box that is also hooked up the filter/blower where you can put your freshly cut pieces until they stop fuming away.

 Posted by at 6:36 pm
Oct 222010

libpd has reached a 0.1 release, enabling developers to use Pd as a sound engine in their applications. Out of the gate, we have extensive code samples for Android 1.5 and later, plus the basic tools to work on iOS (recent armv7 recommended for now, with other devices soon). In the near future, embedding Pd patches inside tools like Processing/Java, OpenFrameworks/C++, and Python should be just as easy. The library is based on Pd vanilla, so this is not a fork of Pd; you can use patches in it just as you would in any other version.

Developers will find the library, code snippets (for Android; iOS is coming), and even some handy abstractions:

To learn more:
Article on the release at createdigitalmusic:

Group for discussing Pd on mobile, embedded, and using libpd:

End users with Android phones or tablets can try out packages now:
… in addition to patches from Chris detailed in the CDM post above.

libpd available is thanks to the work of Peter Brinkmann, with testing, further development, documentation, and other contributions from the RjDj team (who are now adopting it in their future development work), Hans-Christoph Steiner, Chris McCormick (who has also added the ability to make HTML5 web interfaces), and Peter Kirn, along with members of the NYC Patching Circle at NYC Resistor.

 Posted by at 4:10 pm