Hackaday At MakeDC

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Last Wednesday, our Hackaday travels took us to the Washington, DC area for a visit to NOVA Labs near Dulles and a yet-to-be opened Metro stop. Also on our itinerary was a visit to MakeDC, an informal get together for people around the nation’s capitol to show off their latest projects and builds.

The highlight of the evening was a pair of talks from [Julian] and [Taylor] on a project they did for work: a social cooler, or a locked box holding cool drinks that will only open when enough people send a text to a certain number. We’ve got [Julian]‘s talk on video, but despite our fancy new camera gear for this sorta thing, [Taylor]‘s demo of what an Electric Imp can do was lost to the digital wastes.

Aside from [Julian]‘s talk on APIs and [Taylor]‘s talk on the Electric Imp, there were a few impromptu presentations from the attendees. One of the most thorough was the duo from Shiny & Jackal Cosplay, crafters of EVA foam and LEDs. Truth be told, Hackaday doesn’t see many of these ‘softer’, cosplay and prop making builds in the tip line, and that’s a shame; the amount of skill that goes into these costumes is at least as equal as a woodsmith that can build fine furniture using only hand tools.

Perhaps a little premature, but TechShop is opening a new location in Arlington, VA at the end of the month. The GM [Addam Hall] was there scoping out the hacks and letting the attendees know there’s going to be a huge, awesome shop that’s down town in Crystal City. Close enough to public transportation, anyway, because anyone who drives in DC is certifiable.

The last item of note isn’t a build yet, but it’s shaping up to be pretty cool. It’s BRWRY – pronounced, ‘brewery’ – and will be a semi-automated beer making machine. Robots and beer, what can’t you love?

We’d like to thank [Zach], [Julian], [Taylor], and all the other guys from iStrategyLabs for putting together a nice evening of hanging out, drinking beer, eating pizza, and talking about what you’ve built. We had a great time, and we’re looking forward to the next one, as well as any other similar get together in other cities.

Comments

  1. slavoj says:

    DC is a terrible place for anyone into hobby electronics. At least if you live inside the beltway – there is literally nowhere in this city to buy components. Glad to see that a hacker scene exists anyway though.

    • pall.e says:

      Sorry I couldn’t make it to this as I was out of town, I did get over to Techshop’s preview yesterday and it looks like it is going to be a beast of a space. Much bigger than I thought it was going to be.

      Slavoj,
      It is true, inside the beltway there are few component places, but HacDC does keep some things on hand and there is a price sheet buried on the page, in case anyone is looking for some things. There is also of course the old standby of pay 10X the amount and go to Radioshack.

  2. chirishman says:

    I’m still putting together a project post with all of the progress photos and notes about construction techniques but here are some of the more completed shots of the Wild Tiger armor for the curious: http://imgur.com/a/pvz8l

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