Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement [NOOK Book]

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Join today’s new revolution in creativity and community: hackerspaces. Stop letting other people build everything for you: Do it yourself. Explore, grab the tools, get hands-on, get dirty…and create things you never imagined you could. Hack This is your glorious, full-color passport to the world of hackerspaces: your invitation to share knowledge, master tools, work together, build amazing stuff–and have a flat-out blast doing it.

Twin Cities Maker co-founder John Baichtal ...

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Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement

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Overview

Join today’s new revolution in creativity and community: hackerspaces. Stop letting other people build everything for you: Do it yourself. Explore, grab the tools, get hands-on, get dirty…and create things you never imagined you could. Hack This is your glorious, full-color passport to the world of hackerspaces: your invitation to share knowledge, master tools, work together, build amazing stuff–and have a flat-out blast doing it.

Twin Cities Maker co-founder John Baichtal explains it all: what hackerspaces are, how they work, who runs them, what they’re building—and how you can join (or start!) one. Next, he walks you through 24 of today’s best hackerspace projects…everything from robotic grilled-cheese sandwich-makers to devices that make music with zaps of electricity. Every project’s packed with color photos, explanations, lists of resources and tools, and instructions for getting started on your own similar project so you can DIY!

JUST SOME OF THE PROJECTS YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT INCLUDE…

• Kung-fu fighting robots

• Home-brewed Geiger counter

• TransAtlantic balloon

• Twitter-monitoring Christmas tree

• Sandwich-making robot

• Interactive Space Invaders mural

• CNC mill that carves designs into wood, plastic and metal

• Telepresence robot that runs an Internet classroom

• Toy cars that are ridden by people

• Bronze-melting blast furnace

• Laptop-controlled robot fashioned from a wheelchair

• DIY book scanner

JOHN BAICHTAL is a founding member of Twin Cities Maker, a hackerspace organization that has been collaborating for almost two years. Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Twin ities Maker has its own rented warehouse complete with a welding station, woodshop, classroom, and ham radio transmitter. Baichtal has written dozens of articles, including pieces for AKE, the D&D publication Kobold Quarterly, and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. He has contributed to Wired.com’s GeekDad blog for four years and blogged at Make: Online for two, publishing more than 1,500 posts during that time. He is now writing a book about Lego.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132731799
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

John Baichtal is the founding member of Twin Cities Maker, a hackerspace organization that has been collaborating for almost two years. Twin Cities Maker has its own rented warehouse, the Hack Factory, complete with a welding station, a woodshop, a classroom, and an electronics area. John is currently writing The Cult of Lego, a book about adult Lego builders for No Starch Press. He has written dozens of articles for print, including pieces for MAKE Magazine, Kobold Quarterly (a D&D magazine), and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. He has blogged for Wired.com (GeekDad blog) for four years and Make: Online for a year, with more than 1,000 posts published during that time.

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Table of Contents

Foreword......................................................................................................................................................................1

Introduction: The Bleeding Edge of the DIY Movement................................3

It’s All About the Community......................................................................................................................3

Hackerspace U...........................................................................................................................................................5

The First Wave of Hackerspaces...............................................................................................................7

Hackers on a Plane................................................................................................................................................8

The First Hackers....................................................................................................................................................9

Hackers and Crime................................................................................................................................................10

Pranks................................................................................................................................................................................11

A Love of Community.........................................................................................................................................12

Project 1: Karate Champ Game.....................................................................................................................................15

Hackerspace Profile: The Hack Factory..............................................................................................16

The Hack Factory Space Details.................................................................................................................16

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................17

Project 2: Sudo Make Me a Sandwich Robot................................................................................................29

Hackerspace Profile: NYC Resistor.........................................................................................................30

Space Details..........................................................................................................................................................30

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................31

Basic Building Steps.......................................................................................................................................36

Further Reading.......................................................................................................................................................37

Project 3: Networked Geiger Counter...................................................................................................................39

Hackerspace Profile: Tokyo Hackerspace.........................................................................................40

Tokyo Hackerspace Details............................................................................................................................40

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................41

Further Reading.......................................................................................................................................................48

Project 4: Glass Block LED Matrix...........................................................................................................................49

Hackerspace Profile: Hive13.........................................................................................................................50

Space Details..........................................................................................................................................................50

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................51

Project 5: Bronze-Melting Blast Furnace..........................................................................................................57

Hackerspace Profile: Quad City Co-Lab.............................................................................................58

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................59

Project 6: Milkymist VJ Console.................................................................................................................................65

Hackerspace Profile: /tmp/lab......................................................................................................................66

Space Details..........................................................................................................................................................66

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................67

Further Reading..................................................................................................................................................74

Project 7: White Star Trans-Atlantic Balloon..............................................................................................75

Hackerspace Profile: LVL1..............................................................................................................................76

Space Details..........................................................................................................................................................76

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................77

Further Reading..................................................................................................................................................87

Project 8: Twitter-Monitoring Christmas Tree..........................................................................................89

Hackerspace Profile: Alpha One Labs..................................................................................................90

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................91

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................91

Project 9: Live Wire Go Game.........................................................................................................................................99

Hackerspace Profile: BrmLab (Hackerspace Prague).............................................................100

Notable Equipment ..............................................................................................................................................100

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................100

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................102

Project 10: Hack Signal...............................................................................................................................................................109

Hackerspace Profile: Hack Pittsburgh..................................................................................................110

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................110

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................111

Proeject 11: TARDIS Photobooth........................................................................................................................................119

Hackerspace Profile: Pumping Station: One..................................................................................120

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................121

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................121

Project 12: Interactive Space Invaders Mural...............................................................................................129

Hackerspace Profile: Metalab.......................................................................................................................130

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................130

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................131

Further Reading..................................................................................................................................................138

Project 13: Telepresence Robot........................................................................................................................................139

Hackerspace Profile: XinCheJian..............................................................................................................140

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................140

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................141

Further Reading and Viewing......................................................................................................................149

Project 14: The Polyplasmic Arcophone................................................................................................................151

Hackerspace Profile: The Perth Artifactory....................................................................................152

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................153

Project 15: DIY CNC Router...................................................................................................................................................159

Hackerspace Profile: Harford Hackerspace.....................................................................................160

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................161

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................161

Building the Model...........................................................................................................................................166

Converting the Model to Toolpaths...................................................................................................166

Further Reading..................................................................................................................................................168

Project 16: LED Matrix Gaming System................................................................................................................169

Hackerspace Profile: Forsknings-avdelningen.............................................................................170

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................170

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................171

Additional Resources..........................................................................................................................................178

Project 17: MAME Cabinet.....................................................................................................................................................179

Hackerspace Profile: theTransistor.........................................................................................................180

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................180

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................182

Project 18: Book Scanner...........................................................................................................................................................189

Hackerspace Profile: Ace Monster Toys.............................................................................................190

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................190

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................191

Further Reading.......................................................................................................................................................198

Project 19: OpenDuino.................................................................................................................................................................199

Hackerspace Profile: syn2cat.........................................................................................................................200

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................200

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................202

Further Reading.......................................................................................................................................................208

Project 20: Project-a-Sketch..................................................................................................................................................209

Hackerspace Profile: HAC:Manchester..............................................................................................210

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................210

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................211

Porject 21: Power Racing Car.............................................................................................................................................217

Hackerspace Profile: Milwaukee Makerspace..............................................................................218

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................218

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................219

Project 22: Party Land Pinball Game.........................................................................................................................227

Hackerspace Profile: Garoa Hacker Clube........................................................................................228

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................228

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................229

Further Reading.......................................................................................................................................................234

Project 23: Store Front Music..............................................................................................................................................235

Hackerspace Profile: Collaborative Research Association of Social

Hacktivity...................................................................................................................................................................236

Notable Equipment...............................................................................................................................................236

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................236

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................238

Further Reading..................................................................................................................................................245

Project 24: Wheelchair Robot..............................................................................................................................................247

Hackerspace Profile: Noisebridge............................................................................................................248

Space Details...............................................................................................................................................................248

The Project....................................................................................................................................................................250

Conway’s Game of Life......................................................................................................................................255

Additional Resources..........................................................................................................................................257

Do It Yourself..........................................................................................................................................................259

Spread the Word.......................................................................................................................................................260

Decide on an Organization Type...............................................................................................................261

Name Your Group...................................................................................................................................................262

Hold Meetings............................................................................................................................................................263

Create Bylaws and Rules.................................................................................................................................264

Choose Leaders........................................................................................................................................................265

Raise Money.................................................................................................................................................................266

Find a Space.................................................................................................................................................................268

Equip the Space........................................................................................................................................................270

Make Improvements.............................................................................................................................................273

Keep It Clean...............................................................................................................................................................273

Secure the Space......................................................................................................................................................274

Be Safe...............................................................................................................................................................................274

Resolve Conflicts.....................................................................................................................................................275

Share Everything.....................................................................................................................................................275

Recruit New Members.......................................................................................................................................276

Teach Classes.............................................................................................................................................................277

Help the Community............................................................................................................................................277

Now What?....................................................................................................................................................................278

Hackerspeak............................................................................................................................................................281

TOC, 9780789748973, 9/27/2011

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