Les’s Electronics and Programming Blog

A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

This KickStarter based product will allow us to interact with computers like never before.

Building on the success and industry acceptance of MicroSoft Kinect, this sensor is capable of detecting the position of all ten fingers simultaneously. The applications for this have yet to be realized.

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Leap Motion Human Interface Device

Open Data Rocks, City owned properties on Gmaps

Posted by on Aug 12, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have never checked out the COV Open Data Catalogue, it’s time to go take a look (link). While it may be just a boring set of lists of location and scheduling data, the things that it can be made to do are very useful. Take Vantrash.ca for example (link), a service assembled in spare time by a couple of VHS guys. Another excellent example, the Google maps which was assembled using the city’s database of their own properties. (map) Every property shown is owned by the city. Super useful if you ever want to ask the city for a...

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Progress

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in Uncategorized | 142 comments

It may have been a month since our last update, but the time has not been idly spent. Not a weekly meeting has been missed, and a solid nucleus of active members seems to be coming together. As our goals solidify and the immensity of the undertaking becomes increasingly more clear, volunteers continue to appear with amazingly timely contributions of skills and resources; a confirmation of our hopes that the VCL is going to embraced by many facets of Vancouver’s creative community. The most significant progress to report is that we are...

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First Meeting, and Mailing List

Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

So the first meeting of VCL went extremely well, with a turnout of 12-14 people (with a few people coming late and a couple leaving early). Discussion was excited, and naturally hit the important topics. A big decision that was made was to switch to a mailing list, rather than using the forums on the website. That has been successfully set up, and everyone at the meeting should be signed up. If you haven’t gotten an e-mail about it yet you can e-mail me at the address posted on the main page and I’ll correct the e-mail address, or...

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The Torch is here!

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

The welding torch that is! My uncle dropped it off this morning, the kit is put together by IOxygen. Includes; -three cutting nozzles (#00, #0, #2) -four welding nozzles (#00, #0, #2, #4) -Rose heating tip -Half full oxygen and acetylene tanks -Hoses -Dial Valves -Flashback arrestors -Nozzle cleaning files -Welding goggles -Spark igniter Can’t wait to have a space to use it...

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Tools Up

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

A tool co-op needs tools, right? So far we have a pretty odd assortment of tools, as I have just been collecting tools that I’ve loaned out to people or stored other places. The List: *Radial Arm Saw, made by Sears/Craftsman, 10 inch blade. *Small Mitre Saw, make unknown. (Stored at Isaac’s workshop, so no photo). *A Metal-cutting Chopsaw. *Propane-Burning Forge. *110 kilo Blacksmith’s Anvil (Some pictures after the break) Then there’s the list of possible cheap acquisitions. *Tablesaw (large, a permanent fixture, not...

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The first post, the first meeting

Posted by on Apr 9, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Hello everyone. This is the first post for the Vancouver Community Lab blog. It’s not totally clear what this blog will become at this point, so I won’t try to declare what it is going to be. For now, let’s just say that if you are part of the Collective and wish to start blogging here, just ask at a meeting or by e-mail, and I (Sam) can set you up with an account. The first meeting of the Vancouver Community Laboratory Collective (VCLC?) will be on wednesday may the 5th, at the Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, as it says on the...

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