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Oct 5, 2014 - 2 minute read

MakerspaceFY1 Robots and 3D printers

Present: Mike, Elizabeth, Arthur, Jack, Donald. Arthur sent this to the mailing list, and it was enough to bring Donald out of retirement. (welcome back Donald) “Jack and I will see you there. I’ll bring my robot and my PIC development kit to show - I’m just starting to code the movement of the robot so the project is at possibly the most interesting bit to see.” Arthur brought his rubber band firing robot and a lengthy discussion ensued around the robot and the Integrated development environment used to program the PIC chip driving the robot.

Sep 13, 2014 - 2 minute read

MakerspaceFY1 our new home

LUG meeting 13.9.14 Present: Mike Hull. Richard, Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran, Arthur and Jack. Our existing home at Ripon road will have to be abandoned when the landlord sells the building. The original sale date has passed, without a sale. No new information is available yet. But we will have to move eventually. Fortunately, one of our members, Mike Hull, has offered us the use of the basement in his guest house in central Blackpool.

Sep 6, 2014 - 1 minute read

Blackpool Makerspace and LUG - 6th September 2014

In attendance - Mike H, Les, Olly, Tony, David, Josh, Andy and Richard General Geek chat about what we’ve been doing. Olly was updating a VPS server, Josh was making a multi player Pac Man Game for Mac, Linux and browser playing. Les trying to emulate a keyboard using an Arduino. Richard was hacking Router settings, and Tony was showing off his new OnePlus Phone and setting it up with all the software he had on his old Nexus4.

Aug 24, 2014 - 2 minute read

Blackpool Makerspace and LUG meeting 23/08/2014

Attending: Michael, Joe, Les, Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran, Michael (2), Richard, and Joshua General discussions:- 3D Printers, obtaining parts; types of glass (& lubricants); Solvents etc Comparisons between Raspberry Pi and Banana Pi; Mouse preferences over touch pads; Wiki advertising; Server sizes & costs; Online payment Providers & agreements; Bricklaying for the common man (or woman!)/Plastering/Wallpapering (hysteria creeping in!); wood burners and firebrick cutting; Buying cheap electronics from China via eBay; Gas pressures/supplies/upgrades; generational loss of information/interpretations; Blackpool floods of 1976 & extreme weather generally.

Aug 16, 2014 - 2 minute read

Makerspace & LUG meeting 16.8.14 - Full house for the Arduino session

Present: Mike, Joe, Michael (2), Les, Richard, Elizabeth, Kieran, Andy, Joshua, Chris, Rick and a warm welcome to four new visitors, Arthur, Sue, Jack, and Kimball, Les started an Arduino session setting up those interested with Shrimps & helping them achieve various tasks. Kieran and Richard were making lights go on & off; Jack & family set up a Shrimp called Ping, which worked by sensor - 2 lights, green & red - as a hand approaches & gets within 2 cm the light changes from green to red & as the hand withdraws the light reverts to green.

Aug 3, 2014 - 2 minute read

LUG and Makerspace meeting - more MAME and Pi B+

Present: Michael, Joe, Les, Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran and a warm welcome to new member, Rick who is interested in Arduino/music/midi and related stuff. Les brought along a dual xeon rack mounting server kindly donated by one of our remote members - thanks Heed. Mike explained binary and hex to Elizabeth with a little maths session, then went on to explain the relationship between binary and voltage levels on the data bus.