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Town Hall Meeting for Bristol Mini Maker Faire

June 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Slightly different this month - if you’re interested in helping out or being involved in the Bristol Mini Maker Faire (August 22nd) then come along to the “Town Hall Meeting” on June 16th.

This will be an informal gathering to meet the team, ask us questions and have a look around the space to get your creative juices flowing!

It is a great chance to chat to Ruth Murray who is organising the event, ask any questions you have, and see what he space available will be like.

Please do some along even if you are only vaguely considering putting
something in to the Faire, and spread the word - all welcome.

Directions for getting to At-Bristol are here:

The Mini Maker Faire is Saturday August 22nd 2015

7pm-8.30pm At-Bristol Science Centre – 2nd Floor.

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No Dorkbot in May

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments

No Dorkbot tonight - but we should be back next month :)

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Manifestations - interactive sound sculptures

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Change of venue to Bristol Hackspace for this month only.

We’re pleased to announce that Brendan Arnold will be coming to talk about Manifestations.


Manifestations was a ten day exhibition of interactive sound sculptures by collaborators Matthew Roy Arnold, Daniel Cioccoloni and Brendan James Arnold.

Exhibiting in the crypt of one of Bristol’s oldest churches, the works provide a focal point for meditation on our relationship with real and virtual spaces as well a serving as an example of how digital technology can be used to build on traditional sculptural practice. The pieces feature sounds and lighting which respond to the way a viewers approaches the works revealing new meanings in the physical forms.

The pieces utilise Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, movement sensors and even lasers! Brendan will be bringing some of the pieces along for us to see and play with (so if you missed the exhibition - now is your chance).

Brendan will also be doing a Bristol Hackspace Skillshare workshop on May 5th with Raspberry Pi and Arduinos.

Tuesday April 21st - 7.30pm for 8pm in Bristol Hackspace, G11, 37 Philip Street, Avon, Bristol BS3 4EA. (opposite Windmill Hill City Farm)

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3D printing and modelling

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments

This month’s Dorkbot - Jan van Lent, from UWE’s Engineering, Design and Mathematics department, will talk about 3D printing.  With some example objects and a discussion of 3D modelling and some useful mathematics.

March 17th,  7.30pm for 8pm at the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed.

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Foot Sense

February 15th, 2015 · No Comments

  Richard Sewell (@jarkman) will give us a talk about … err … something to do with slippers…

Not sure what it’s about - but if it’s Richard it’s bound to be interesting.

7.30pm for 8pm, Tuesday February 17th at the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol.

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Indoor Positioning

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Getting the location of people, indoors, with any kind of accuracy, has long been the Holy Grail for many digital interactive applications.

This month’s Dorkbot will have a demonstration of Ubisense - ultra wide-band radio tag detection - which, in theory, gives an x, y, z position to within 15cm.

We also have Rik Lander (@riklander), who has been using some of the more recent ultra-sound detectors for his piece, “Watch For Mystery Pays” - a reluctant one-armed bandit.

And, if anyone got any exciting toys for Christmas they want to show off - bring them along.

Dorkbot is in the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed. 7.30pm for 8pm start, Tuesday 20th January.  Everyone welcome.

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December Dorkbot

December 7th, 2014 · No Comments

No regular Dorkbot this month - but do come along to the Hackspace Christmas get together on Thursday 18th from 7pm.

Bristol Hackspace, G11, BV Studios, 37 Philip St, opposite Windmill Hill City Farm. BS3 4EA

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GUI Interfaces for Microcontrollers - 18 November

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

This month’s talk is from our very own John Honnibal @anachrocomputer.

Command-line interfaces are great, but what if you want a graphical user interface (GUI) for your microcontroller project? John has built a few GUI programs using GTK+ on Linux, and connected them to Arduinos and other serial devices. One serial gadget is a vacuum fluorescent display from a cash register, while another is an Arduino driving lots of LEDs.

John will show us how to get started with GUI programming in Linux, and how to interface that GUI with external hardware. His talk will include demonstrations of the hardware and the GUIs.

Dorkbot is open to anyone who is interested.  Held in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed. 8pm start, Tuesday 18th November.

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October 21st Dorkbot

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments

If you go to Bodiam Castle; you can experience Splash and Ripple’sA Knight’s Peril” by taking an “Echo Horn” around the castle to listen to the echoes in the walls of the castle - and maybe help avert a murder!

Tarim will be talking about the hardware, software, Raspberry Pis and Minirigs that go to make up an Echo Horn.

In the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed on Tuesday 21st October, 7pm for an 8pm start.

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September 16th Dorkbot

September 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Bristol Dorkbot is back after its summer break.  This month, we have:

  • Damon Rand of Clean Energy Prospector (CEPRO) will talk about their latest project, a radio-operated substation energy display that is being trialed in 50 homes in Easton. The Internet of Things display is Arduino Mega based, uses Pervasive Displays ePaper to extend battery life and a long-range, low power radio for communications.
  • Richard Sewell (@jarkman) will be demonstrating The Tune On A Stick - which went down really well at EMF Camp.
  • Nikki Pugh (@nikkipugh) will be showing off a Critter from her Colony project.
  • Beforehand, will be the Botlab AGM (the co-op who look after Bristol Hackspace). There will be a quick review of accounts followed by voting in any new committee members.

7pm Botlab AGM
8pm Dorkbot
Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol

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