My Cigar Box Lab

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Oct 042008

I like to hack on the go. So I made a charming little mini lab out of a cigar box and some electronic parts. It’s got a breadboard, a built-in Arduino, a couple of places to put loose parts and a control panel on one side. The control panel is the best part with LEDs, potentiometers, a switch and a button all mounted on the side of the box. I love it so!

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Aug 282008

Craft night is now Hacks and Crafts night and it’s back! Working on an autonomous glowing frisbee that tells time in six languages? Making a new dress that will solve all of Humanity’s problems? Knitting something the likes of which has never been knitted before? Robofrog? Bring a crafting or hacking project over to NYCR and hang with other hackers and crafters. Craft night is back and it’s better than ever! This week we will also have a book binding project to work on.

Thursday August 28th from 6-9 PM, right here at NYCR, 397 Bridge street , Brooklyn

Suggested donation of $5 (if you can’t afford it, come on over anyway. Free cookies!)

Classy Classies!

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Jul 072008

Beamingly happy because their brains are filled up with new KNOWLEDGE!

Why not learn something awesome from the friendly nerds at NYCR? This weekend we have three beginner classes: PHP, Printed Circuit Board Etching and Wind Micropower Workshop.

PHP is a powerful but amazingly simple language for dynamic generation of web pages. You can learn what you need to get a good foothold in just an hour and we can make that happen.

In the circuit board etching class you will design, transfer and etch copper clad circuit boards. Some drawings, a tiny bit of chemistry, and presto! Functional circuit boards!

Due to popular demand, Wind Micropower workshop is back! We’ll be making a tiny little generator that runs on wind and also cover some of the simpler techniques for power conditioning and battery charging. This class is open to ages 8 and up!

Click here for the classes page to learn more and to sign up!

S! M! T!

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Jul 012008

We had a dandy ol’ time at the Surface Mount Soldering class this weekend! We made adorable microcontroller based blinky red hearts. Yes, we’ll do anything to take the percieved threat out of SMT and bring YOU the power of the teeny tiny! There will be another session soon, so keep an eye on the calendar.

Jun 242008

There are going to be some nice easy intro classes this weekend at NYCR. Basic Soldering, Surface Mount Soldering and Intro to EAGLE. These may sound like difficult things, but we’re here to prove to you that they’re not! Let our experts gently guide you to a glittering and magnificent world of electronic bliss! Wow!

Click here to view the basic soldering class on Saturday.

Click here for the basic soldering class on Sunday.

Click here for the surface mount soldering class on Saturday.

Click here for the surface mount soldering class on Sunday.

And click here to view the EAGLE class.

Jun 032008

I’m making a really tiny board and I thought I’d share a picture of it. It’s a little tiny data gathering widget with an RGB LED on it for feedback. There’s an AVR there too. It’s 1.25″ square. I think it looks nifty!1.25\" squareq

May 162008

gettin\' some learnin\'

There are two new classes here at NYCR!

Wind Micropower Workshop

Harness the wind for under $10! Using the most basic components, you too can gather electricity from a light breze. We’ll cover some of the basic ideas involved in generating power from wind, and we’ll each build a simple generator that will power a small light or charge a battery. Let’s start saving the world!

1 1/2 hours

Ages 10 and up welcome

Taught by Raphael Abrams. June 7th

Graceful Motor Control

It is not that hard to achieve graceful motion with a big motor. It just takes a small handful of common electronic components and a slightly larger handful of electronic tricks. We’ll learn about H-bridges, pulse width speed modulation, large transistors, servo feedback loops, electric braking, analog to digital converters, and more. Some understanding of the Arduino microcontroller is helpful, but not required. (If possible, please bring a laptop and an Arduino.)

Taught by Raphael Abram. June 8th


We hope you can come out and get some learnin’!

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Apr 052008

Our first class! We had a great time over here at NYCR doing some soldering classes. Everybody walked out of here with a beautiful LED blinky! It was a total success. Thanks to all who attended! If you’re interested in coming in for a class, check out the classes here. See you soon!

Apr 022008


We’re beginning at the beginning with a few beginner’s classes. To begin:

Electronics 101: Lets make electronics fun! This is a class for the completely uninitiated. Repeat: no experience necessary! We’ll cover how to make a circuit, how to use a circuit, and what a circuit actually is. By the end of the three hour session you will be able to make a wiggling blinking wonderblob of your own creation. There are two sessions available: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/102436390 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/105038172

Soldering 101: This is the place to start if you’re interested in making any kind of electronic project that you intend on making permanent, or that you intend on working at all in most cases. We’ll be making it easy for you. This class covers the practice and theory of good soldering, as well as safety. And as a bonus, there will be some super secret hints and tips that you can only get from a seasoned professional! There are three sessions available:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/102417333 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/105034160 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/105035163


Soldering 102: Freeform! This is a more artistic and sculptural application of the skills you will learn in the soldering 101 class. This is great for very cheap and rapid circuit building. It’s also great for wearable and toy circuitry! In this method, you will skip the circuit board completely and make working circuits that are held together by their own mechanical structure. You solder the parts directly to each other. Sounds difficult, but it will be old hat within an hour if you come give it a try! No need to take the 101 class first. There are two sessions available: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/102433381 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/105050208 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/105052214

Hope to see you there!