On Saturday, March 24th, 091 Labs will be throwing its doors open to the public for their first Open Day of 2012 from 11am until 5pm. All are welcome to attend!
We’ll be showing off the Labs and projects that our members are involved in and building. Have a look at our 3D printer, MAME arcade cabinet or sewing machine. Have a discussion over photography, the best kit for home brewing, or why Linux is still clearly better than Windows. Learn to solder. Meet our boardgamers, take part in a game of Street Fighter or test out our cardboard armour!
We’ll be hosting a hackathon from 6pm until 10pm for those who want to come build, make or program something as part of a group. Electronics, crafting, programming, whatever!
091 Labs is the Makerspace for Galway city. Makerspaces are also known as Hackerspaces, and are a type of community-operated workshop or hobbyspace – a physical place where people can meet and work on personal or group projects and share common interests, often in computers, technology, science, light engineering and crafting.
If any person or group is interested in taking part, bringing something along or helping out at the Open Day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have a chat with us!
Or if you so wish, you can purchase a high-quality printed version from me for €5. €2 will go toward the cost of printing, and the other €3 will go straight into the kitty at 091 Labs for our Christmas party fund. Delivery will be on December 16. Please contact me directly if you want a print.
3Dcamp, the “un-conference Barcamp which looks at The Internet Beyond Web 2.0″, will be running on Saturday June 11th in the University of Limerick. Areas of interest include:
3D visualizations (Blender, Sketchup),
Gestural Interfaces (Kinect)
Mapping mashups, GPS,
Location based Services (LBSs),
Haptics and augmented toys (eg. Wiimote hacks),
Virtual worlds (Second Life, the Metaverse),
Mirror worlds (Google Earth and Virtual Earth),
Interactive art installations
…and all things 3D.
There will be plenty of hacking-related talks and workshops this year on subjects such as “Tracking objects in 3D space” by Jeffrey Roe of TOG hackerspace in Dublin, “Escapism, Pedal Through Google Streetview On A Stationary Bike”, by Lette Moloney, and “How I built a Sheep Herding Robot” by Niall Dempsey. Registration is from 9am, with specific building details to follow. Attendance is free and all are welcome to the event.
Bill Buxton, for anyone who doesn’t already know, is a Principle Researcher at Microsoft Research, and before this turns off the linux folk, he is one of my top 10 most passionate and interesting speakers. He has some incredible insight into the history of design of technologies, and a theory called the long nose: he reckons technology inventions have been around in some shape or form for 20 years before they hit mainstream.
At this recent talk in Copenhagen, he talks about the Natural User Interface, NUI: What’s in a name, and it’s well worth a watch for anyone interested in looking at the world with new eyes, especially those interested in interface design and product creation.
He is a collector so he shows some amazing geekery that he has accumulated, including some nifty casio watches that had touch screens way back in 1984.
It’s an hour and 30 minutes of your life you will not regret!