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.

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Friday, April 11th: Digital Game Night – Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator

April 9, 2014

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Anyone who has watched Star Trek has probably imagined stepping onto the bridge and channeling their inner Kirk. Well here’s your chance! This Friday at HackPittsburgh, we will be playing Artemis, the Spaceship Bridge Simulator. A description of the game based on the website (http://www.artemis.eochu.com/):

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, Sensors, and Weapons. A sixth player serves as the captain, and with no direct control of the ship must coordinate the actions of all five stations to control the ship and defend the sector.

Artemis will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (Probably Windows 8, but we haven’t tested this). It’s also available as an app for iOS, and Android devices ($2.99), which are cross-compatible with the PC version (i.e., you can use a tablet to serve as one of the stations). If you have a laptop or tablet that you can use to run the game, please bring it (however it is not required!). The best way to tell if you can run the game is to download the demo from the website and run it. If it works, great! If not, then don’t worry, we will try to have extra workstations available.

Free and open to the public! The 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.

PS: Don’t forget to bring a computer or tablet!

 

Images from: http://www.destructoid.com/artemis-spaceship-bridge-simulator-2-0-is-out-now-260309.phtml

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Thursday, March 20th: Intro to SketchUp / 3D Printer Demo

March 18, 2014

Join us this Thursday when we will be discussing some of the basic tools that SketchUp has to offer and how to use this tool to create physical objects using a 3-D Printer. SketchUp is a free and powerful tool that you can use to make custom 3D models on your computer. You can download a copy from their website if you would like to follow along as we give our demonstration.

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. Look for our flag above the door.

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Thursday, Februrary 20th: Homemade Electronic Pendulum Clock

February 16, 2014

DSC01588The Dutch genius Christiaan Huygens built the first pendulum clock in 1656. For three centuries, it was the best timekeeper known to man. This Thursday at HackPittsburgh, we will build a pendulum clock with a modern twist. In this demonstration, we replace mechanical gears and levers by simple digital electronics to create a modern version of the “grandfather” pendulum clock.

This demo will provide an opportunity for the audience to see how sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers can be used to control mechanical objects. Also, we will show how to set up serial communication to a computer.

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 (enter address 1980 Watson St. if using GPS). Look for our flag above the door.

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Friday, February 7th: Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator

February 3, 2014

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Anyone who has watched Star Trek has probably imagined stepping onto the bridge and channeling their inner Kirk. Well here’s your chance! This Friday at HackPittsburgh, we will be playing Artemis, the Spaceship Bridge Simulator. A description of the game based on the website (http://www.artemis.eochu.com/):

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, Sensors, and Weapons. A sixth player serves as the captain, and with no direct control of the ship must coordinate the actions of all five stations to control the ship and defend the sector.

Artemis will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (Probably Windows 8, but we haven’t tested this). It’s also available as an app for iOS, and Android devices ($2.99), which are cross-compatible with the PC version (i.e., you can use a tablet to serve as one of the stations). If you have a laptop or tablet that you can use to run the game, please bring it (however it is not required!). The best way to tell if you can run the game is to download the demo from the website and run it. If it works, great! If not, then don’t worry, we will try to have extra workstations available.

Free and open to the public! The 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.

 

Images from: http://www.destructoid.com/artemis-spaceship-bridge-simulator-2-0-is-out-now-260309.phtml

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