Friday August 19th – Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

August 19, 2014

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Who doesn’t like home made Ice Cream? The only part that sucks is waiting for it to freeze. Well, we have came up with a solution… LIQUID NITROGEN of course!!! Come down on Friday and take in the festivities! We will be doing a demo on Liquid Nitrogen as well as making some cool treats! Bring a recipe for your favorite ice cream and a project to work on if you’d like!

Doors open at 7pm, the event starts shortly there after. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.

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Thursday July 31st – Detroit Maker Faire 2014 Recap

July 30, 2014

 

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Come to HackPittsburgh Thursday, July 31st for a recap of the 2014 Detroit Maker Faire. We will start the talk with photos and video from the event, including the always exciting Power Wheels race, where we cram full-sized adults into kid-sized cars and race them at speeds that are sure to void the warranty. Following the show and tell, we will open the floor to general questions about the event and what you can do to participate in the future.

This is a good time to find out about some of the group projects we do at the shop and some of the opportunities you have to participate in the maker community. We will also discuss ideas for future maker faire projects – get your ideas in today so we can put them off until two weeks before maker faire next year!

Doors open at 7pm, the event starts shortly there after. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.

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Thursday, July 10th: High Security Locks!

July 6, 2014

 

High Security Lock. Source: Wikipedia

High security mechanical locks are designed with several conflicting goals in mind.  With the proper key they must open reliably and with minimal effort, even after a decade of wear (tens of thousands of uses) and even if exposed to environmental hazards such as water and dirt.  Without the proper key they must withstand manipulation by a skilled and dedicated adversary who may expend great effort to build specialized tools to attack a specific type of lock.  They must withstand several minutes of drilling or other physical attacks.  And any design meeting these requirements is worthless unless it can be built for a reasonable price.

I will describe some of the more interesting lock designs, and some of the creative attacks against these locks.

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Saturday, June 21st: Garage Sale!

June 5, 2014

Looking for some great deals on random electronic components? Then stop by the HackPittsburgh Garage Sale at the shop on Saturday, June 21st from 10am – 2pm. We will be selling some of our excess inventory in order to clear up some room in the shop (and also fund our new laser cutter), so this is your opportunity to get some great deals on networking components, audio/stereo equipment, vintage electronics, oscilloscopes, computer parts, and much more.

Open to the public. Cash, credit cards, or Pay Pal accepted.
We’re at 1936 Fifth Avenue, in the garage around back (on Watson).

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Thursday, May 15th: Intro to the Robot Operating System (ROS)

May 14, 2014
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Interested in Robots? Want to make them do your bidding? Come down to HackPittsburgh this Thursday for an introduction to the Robot Operating System (ROS) and learn about an opensource robotic software framework to build advanced robotic systems. This will be an introductory level talk with a live demonstration! Come down to the shop and check it out.

For those that aren’t familiar, “The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a flexible framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms.” – ROS.org

Free and open to the public! Doors open at 7pm. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.

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