Unfortunately the succulent picture frame workshop has just passed but there is still the brass, copper & leather jewellery workshop instructed by Ryan Consell and the needle felting figurines workshop run by Agnes coming up.
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This time we have a different kind of episode. At sooncon Rob Adlers recorded the Hackerspaces panel talking about the challenges facing Hackerspaces in southern Ontario.
The quality of the audio for this episode will be a bit different however I hope you will still enjoy the conversation.
Special thanks do go out to Rob Adlers for setting up the recording.
Anyone who has baked in more than one oven knows that the number on the temperature dial often has little to do with reality. When you are baking –er, _harnessing temperature-specific biochemical reactions_ — an untried oven can be a nightmare. So it goes without saying, I need to test the calibration on the kwartzlab oven, before the bread baking begins.
Walkabot is a 3D printed, gravity powered, ramp walking robot. In technical terms this automaton is considered a passive dynamic walker. When placed on a shallow ramp the robot will walk down the slope. The robot makes a “walka-walka” sound as it walks.
The files to 3D print your own Walkabot can be downloaded here: Walkabot on Thingiverse
More about passive dynamics:
Passive dynamic walking robots are simple mechanical devices that can walk down a slope powered only by gravity and inertia. They do not require actuators or control systems, yet produce a steady walking gait with human-like motions. Because they do not require a power source they are described as passive and their movement is characterized by a dynamic stability. This means that they are not stable at any one point while in motion but are balanced in time so that the gait is steady and smooth. All bipedal walkers, including humans, must maintain dynamic stability in order to walk without falling over. The passive dynamic walker achieves stability through a steady rocking cycle. Although the term and its principles were developed by Tad McGeer at Simon Fraser University in the late 1980s, the concept is much older and dates back to toys invented in the 1930′s – see patent US2140275. These entertaining toys rely only on gravity and the natural swinging of their limbs to walk forward down a slope.
Karl P. Williams
I found a software debug mode in the Tamagotchi code that allows the game state to be viewed and changed in ways that aren’t normally allowed. This mode allowed me to answer more questions about Tamagotchi functionality.
This time on Kwartzlab Radio Darcy and I sit down with Chris Gibson a fellow member of Kwartzlab. Chris is from ORD Solutions to talk about 3D printing and his Kickstarter campaign for a 5 Colour 3D filament printer.
For those interested in 3D printing there is a 3D printer meetup at Kwartzlab on Thursday Novemebr 7th at 7PM.
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This time on Kwartzlab Radio Darcy and I talk with Ben Brown about SoOnCon, the Southern Ontario Makers and Hackerspaces Conference which is being held November 1st and 2nd. SoOnCon will be followed by Night\Shift which will be taking place in downtown Kitchener and features a number of art works, music, activities and demonstrations.