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Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement

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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 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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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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