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.


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).


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.” –

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.


Friday, May 9th: Analog Games

May 7, 2014

gamesJoin us Friday, May 9th at HackPittsburgh for an evening of old-school fun with classic board and card games, as well as a few of our personal favorites. We will have several games available, but feel free to bring your own to share with the group. We will also be giving tours of our shop and answering any questions you may have about the organization.

Pizza and soda will be provided by HackPittsburgh and you are welcome to bring your own frosty beverages to enjoy.

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.


Thursday, April 17th: Oscilloscope Intro for Beginners

April 16, 2014

Have you ever wanted to learn to use an oscilloscope but don’t have one or don’t know where to start? Come and learn how to use one at Hack Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh’s DIY Makerspace). April 17,2014 at 7pm.

Oscilloscopes are useful for viewing various analog and digital signals including: music, human speech, heart signals, brain waves, etc. This class is for the absolute beginner. If you already know how to use Oscilloscopes, you will most likely be bored. But for those of you who want to buy an oscilloscope or just use one, and have no idea where to start, this is for you.


Free and open to the public! The doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson street. Look for our flag above the door.