Oct 5 2011

Arduino Drop-In Nights

fergal

Good news everyone!

Following the success of our recent free ‘Introduction to the Arduino’ classes, we are happy to announce the beginning of a regular drop-in night for people interested in the Arduino micro-controller system.

It will, hopefully, be a great opportunity for beginners to learn the basics but also allow other more experienced users to continue learning and working with a group of like-minds.

Every second Monday (from 7 to 9pm), we will be in the space to throw around ideas, build projects and lend a hand with anyone stuck on a circuit or project. The first night will be run on the 10th of October. (Check the space calendar for further dates). It will be free to attend these nights whether you are a member or not, but donations are always welcome to help keep the internet flowing and the rain off our heads.

For Beginners…

We recommend that absolute beginners purchase an ARDX beginners kit (or something with similar components) as it is designed to give you a well-rounded base of knowledge to start working on your own projects.

Don’t worry if it looks daunting at first, we’ll be in the space to give you direction of you need it.
If you don’t know whether you want to invest in an Arduino or a starter kit just yet, you can still come along and see what they are capable. We may even have a spare that you can build your first circuit on.

… And Enthusiasts

For those of you who already have some experience with the Arduino, this will be a good way to meet people to work on larger collective projects or just get help with something you’re stuck on.

Basically, it’s an open and informal way to start or continue learning how to create interesting, electronic, programmable art!

  • Dates: Every second Monday. (See our events calendar for specific dates)
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Venue: 091labs, 47 Eyre Square, 1st floor, (above Kennedy’s pub)
  • Requirements: None (but we strongly recommend that you have an Arduino and some sort of starter kit with you if you really want to get involved. This is our favourite )

Hope to see you there,

and just in case….

What is an Arduino?

It’s a very cool little piece of hardware that allows even complete beginners to start making inventive and intelligent electronics projects. It is a great, enjoyable way to learn programming and electronics and has become very popular with tinkerers, artists, and hackers alike and you can see many interesting projects and tutorials online. Simply search ‘Arduino’ on youtube, hackaday, makezine, or instructables and you’ll see what we mean.


Sep 26 2011

Game Development Workshop – Session 2

Mark Aherne

Hi all,

Last Wednesday we did the first of four sessions for the Game Development Workshop at 091 Labs.

It went very well, covering Unity basics (objects, components, input) and Game State Management.

 

If you missed the first Session but would still like to take part it’s not too late to do so. All project files will be provided on the night and I’ll answer any questions you may have.

 

Session two is this Wednesday, at 6pm. We’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Adding (dumb) enemies to the game.
  • Colliders and detecting collisions.
  • Creating a damage system (doing and taking damage).
  • Controlling particles (and explosions).
  • Adding a scoring system.
  • Adding a win/lose condition and associated game states.

 

Below is a screenshot from the upcoming session build showing the player ship destroying a frigate.
The resulting explosion is pushing the other frigates away.

 

Details

  • Runs on the 28th Sept, 5th Oct & 12th Oct.
  • From 6pm to 10pm.
  • At 091 Labs.
  • The workshop costs €20.
  • No need to book or pre-pay.

 

What You’ll Need

  • A laptop with Unity installed.
  • Experience of a programming language.

 


Sep 15 2011

Game Development Workshop

Mark Aherne
Game Development Workshop

 

Starting Wednesday 21st and taking place over four weeks, the Game Development Workshop will guide participants through the development of a game.

 

Rather than concentrating on the basics, like input and movement, we’ll be going over how to put a game together using object orientated programming techniques such as Managers, Game States and Finite State Machines.

 

We’ll be using Unity with C# to develop, though the methods used can be applied to almost any language or framework (including XNA).

 

Details

  • Runs on the 21st Sept, 28th Sept, 5th Oct & 12th Oct.
  • From 6pm to 10pm.
  • The workshop costs €20, this covers the four sessions and is payable at the first.
    No need to book or pre-pay.

 

What You’ll Need

  • A laptop with Unity installed.
  • Experience of a programming language.

Sep 6 2011

Introduction to Arduino: Class 2

Aaron Hastings

This Wednesday is the second class of our 3-week introductory course for Arduino. Attendees should bring with them a laptop, Arduino, electronic components* and a USB cable for their Arduino. Some spare Arduinos and electronics will be available on the day, but they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

The class is free, but spaces are limited so attendees are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. As 091 Labs is a non-profit teaching-and-learning group, any donations on the day would be greatly appreciated.

*Components should be similar to those found in ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino, available here:
http://www.oomlout.co.uk/arduino-experimentation-kit-ardx-p-183.html


Aug 28 2011

Introduction to Arduino course starting this Wednesday

Aaron Hastings

This Wednesday at 7pm we will be starting our Introduction to Arduino course. It will run weekly for 3 weeks and will be FREE for both 091 Labs members and the public! You can get by in the first class without many electronic components – attendees can share components like LEDs, resistors, etc. amongst each other for the first week, but is recommended that people buy the necessary components for the next two classes.

The course will be based on the ARDX model, which can (optionally) be purchased at Oomlout.co.uk:
http://www.oomlout.co.uk/starter-kit-for-arduino-ardx-p-183.html

Most of the components in the above kit can be bought in smaller numbers for a cheaper price, so it would be good to purchase electronics based on the above model (if you don’t want to buy the actual kit). If you do not have an Arduino, we can pair you up with someone who has one.

The relevant wiki page details what you’ll need if you don’t want to buy the full kit.

We’re delighted to kick off the new 091 Labs premises with this complimentary event. If you’d like to spare a few pennies to help with the upkeep of the non-profit 091 Labs we’d be very much obliged :-)

You can sign up for the class below on the sign-up sheet below: