Sunday, December 11, 2011

Conors intern projects

In the maker lab this week we found Conor - a transition year student who has been doing fabulous work for John Malocco . Nothing to do with the Makers club but had to put it on the blog as he did such a great job of programming autonomous Lego mindstorms robots to track a ball for robo soccer purposes.

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Tomas

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sarahs minecraft idea for Maker Faire

Sarah shows us her great idea for conveying the story of the Dublin Maker Faire through the wonderful medium of Minecraft. We re at the back of the envelope stage still but it should be fantastic if she builds it.

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Tomas

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Building a guitar compressor pedal - PCB

Jon is building an Orange Squeezer compressor pedal. It's based on the Dan Armstrong design. Here we begin the PCB etch process.

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Tomas

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PCBs

I forgot to video anything last week as I spent the last hour watching Joe's PCB etch at its leisurely pace in the tank. It was an exciting week as we learned that we received grant support from the Dublin - European City of Science 2012 committee towards organising the first ever Dublin Maker Faire with the great people at the Science Gallery (Ian, Alison) and David McKeown. We now have to get busy building an exhibit good enough to make the day itself.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Study week this week so a quiet time. After a while wrestling with third party libraries Anthea hacks together a basic theremin using the Kinect. This is a great start integrating it with Processing as we now can add in all sorts of combinations.

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Tomas

Saturday, October 29, 2011


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John built at home a really nice distortion pedal. Nice finish. Great sound.

Tomas

Friday, October 21, 2011

Arduino beginnings

Mark and Danny - music tech students have just joined the club. They are building new spatial audio controllers starting with the Arduino.


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Tomas

Friday, October 14, 2011

First meeting of the new term

Thanks everyone for turning up today. We had a great turnout and more to turn up next week when the real hacking begins! Remember to send me your emails!

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Tomas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome back!

Hi everyone,
We will be launching the NUIM Makers Club for the new academic year on the 14th October 2011. The venue is room 2.07 in the Engineering Building. This year's theme will be music and we will devote energy and effort into the development of new forms of musical creation, synthesis and performance. I am hoping that we can put on a live musical performance using our creations towards the end of the academic year. It should be a lot of fun. Come to Room 2.07 on the 14th October to learn more and enjoy a slice of pizza or two.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cheap and affordable eye tracker

Julien and Jean Alain put together this fun eye tracker based on the eye writer project. It uses a wireless Sony ps3 camera some nir LEDs and some free software. It works really well. Well done guys.

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Tomas

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arcade machine launch

It's end of term and the last exam was today so we had our get together with students and staff. It was the perfect opportunity to launch the arcade. As you can see it went down very well. This is the end of regular makers club until next term. I think we ended on a high and a really fun make.

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Tomas

Cabinet closeup

It's all in the finishing touches - arcade machine close up. Darren found a great graphic online which we will acknowledge once we get the creators name.

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Tomas

Mame Cabinet in situ at Students Union

Aodhan, Darren and Kevin playing street fighter on their complete Mame build. It looks great. Details coming up in the next clip.

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Tomas

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Finishing touches to arcade cabinet.

Kevin, Aodhan and Darren put some finishing touches to the arcade cabinet. We will launch for beta testing at end of exam get together in Chill cafe on Thursday. Have some decals to do before then.

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Tomas

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Arcade beta testing

Only missing a paint job and some finishes now. It plays great and the new screen and sound system are superb.

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Tomas

Monday, May 9, 2011

Arcade build major stage complete

The cabinet and basic build is essentially complete. A paint job and extensive tests await.

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Tomas

Arcade machine sound system

Last week the guys 'installed' the sound system for the cabinet. Pretty simple but effective.

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Tomas

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So we have our switches and joysticks all working with our PC and Mame. It's working really well. We also found a great old speakers system complete with bass woofers. A good day.

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Tomas

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arcade cabinet complete boxing

This was done several weeks ago but I forgot to put this blog up for it. You can see how it all fits together now.

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Zichengs msp430 based switch for assistive technology

Zicheng demonstrates the use of an accelerometer and msp430 for a movement based switch for communication and control. Chen has done a nice job here and will be boxing this device next week.

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Tomas

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Arcade machine plan

It's a sketch of an idea but we plan to build an arcade machine. Step 1. Sketch n think.
Tomorrow we source material. Thanks to Aodhan, Kevin and Darren.



Tomas

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Magic Sketch pad built using an Arduino, two potentiometers and some flash code.

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Aodhan