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Basic electronics & microcontroller workshops

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Hey folks,   I’ve been threatening to hold some fun, free basic electronics and microcontroller workshops at CoLab for anyone interested… my goal is to simply share knowledge and possibly work with some of you to help bring your ideas alive!   I’m now shooting to put something on in around a one month timeframe. There would likely be several workshops in this series as there is too much info to cover in a single workshop. I’ll be sending out a more formal agenda in the next coming week or so.. and hopefully post to “upcoming classes” on the VCL website – once I figure out how to!   These workshops will be of interest to anyone who wants to:   …gain a basic knowledge of AC or DC electronics …add motion to a project via electric motors, servos, or linear actuators …add sensory detection to a project (motion sensing, human interaction, light detection, etc.) …add lighting effects and learn the basics of controlling LEDs (single color or RBG) …add sound to a project …automate operation of solenoids, relays and other actuators …learn the basics of programming small, embeddable controls into their project …Use inputs to personal computers as means to manipulate visuals/sound   The ideas I have listed here are just guidelines – I’m very open to taking this in any direction that seems relevant!   The workshops will center around using open source hardware and software in keeping with the community spirit of CoLab and the Maker movement!   Some cool links:   Open Source microcontroller hardware: http://www.arduino.cc/   A truly awesome repository of electronics tutorials: http://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/   Some ideas for inspiration: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Projects/ http://hacknmod.com/hack/top-40-arduino-projects-of-the-web/ http://www.makershed.com/iOS_Sensor_Apps_with_Arduino_p/9781449308483.htm http://playground.arduino.cc/projects/ideas   An amazing multiplatform open source software suite for interactive design (this software can interact with the arduino or any hardware connected to your computer – could cover this off in later workshops) http://puredata.info/     These workshops should be fun and FREE – I don’t think I would need to charge for the workshops unless it makes sense for me to supply standard  kits of materials just so everyone has exactly the same gear. I’m thinking that laptops would be a prerequisite.   Cheers,  ...

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Move In Day

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Move In Day

Move in day was a huge success. Everyone pitched in and the container was empty before noon. We got a few goodies left over from the previous tenants, some shelving and a very fine table for the metalshop, as well as lots of good metal scrap. Here is a picture of the woodshop....

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Touchdown

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The container carrying 8,000 lbs of tools from the old space has arrived. Move in day is tomorrow starting at 10 am at 1907 Triumph. Let’s get moved in people!

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Open House Days

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Uncategorized | 49 comments

Saturdays Member signup at the new space had great turnout. We got to meet a bunch of new people interested in the Lab, and see a few old faces we’d been missing from the old space. And for those of you who couldn’t make it this weekend, we are having another open house this next week. Even if you are not interested in being a member, feel free to come out and check out the new space. When: Tuesday, March 12 – 6pm to 7pm Where: 1907 Triumph St (map) What We Need From You: Cash or cheque. $250 – for full time key holder members ($100 for first month, April + $50 yearly membership + $100 key deposit) $100 – for part time members ($50 for first month, April +$50 yearly membership) A note on subletting the second floor: We are searching for a tenant for the second floor, if you represent an organization looking for a space from 1,400 sq ft – 3,500 sq ft we would love to talk to you. We’ve posted a video tour of the second floor of the space. If you know anyone who is part of an organization looking for a space, please send them our way. We can be contacted at info@vancommunitylab.com. Specifics: There are 3 options with regard to size of the space available: 1. 3,500 square feet x $1.25 sq ft/month = $4,375/mo – this is the whole space 2. 1,400 square feet x $1.25 sq ft/month = $1,750/mo (part of the space) 3. 2,100 square feet x $1.25 sq ft/month = $2,625/mo (part of the space) This includes hydro (unless super power heavy), garbage, water, a bathroom, freight elevator (500lbs max), lots of great natural light and 11 foot ceilings. Length of lease would be a minimum of 1 year.  2 years preferably.  Move in date will be April...

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CoLab searching for new spaces

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re hard at work finding new spaces. Don’t worry…. the Vancouver Community Laboratory will return!

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Cleanup Day and Red Gate’s Indiegogo campaign

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Today we had our first cleanup party at the Co-lab and all the familiar faces turned up. We hauled many loads of scrap metal and lumber away (big thanks to Mike for bringing his truck, without him we would have got less than half as much done). Although it was sad to see so many months of accumulated bits and pieces going out the door, it also left me feeling lighter, and looking forward to the new place we’re going to occupy in a few months. As Kim said ‘maybe we’ll even have plumbing!’ On a similar topic, the Red Gate Collective has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness and funds for their and our potential co-location (along with VHS and Dynamo) at 281 Industrial. Please forward the link to everyone you know who has a stake in arts, DIY, hacking and making scene, or just everyone you know. ~sam...

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