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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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Dorkbot will be back in the autumn

July 14th, 2014 · No Comments

This month’s speaker had to postpone - so let’s take it as a sign and put Dorkbot on hold until the autumn.

If there’s anyone you’d like to hear at Dorkbot or you’ve got something you’d like to present then get in touch.


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No Dorkbot June 17th

June 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Sorry for the late notice - there’s no Dorkbot on June 17th. Should be back in July.


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May Dorkbot

May 14th, 2014 · No Comments

May’s Dorkbot is Show and Tell hosted by Kaspar.

7.30pm for 8pm, May 20th in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed.


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Show and Tell - 15th April 2014

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

April Dorkbot will be a Show and Tell hosted by Kaspar.

Come along and show us what you’ve been up to.

In the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed - 7.30pm for 8pm.


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March Dorkbot

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Sorry, there’s no Dorkbot meeting this month but we will be back in April.


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Book Hive talk - Feb 18th

February 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Dave McGoran and Seb Valade from Rusty Squid will talk and demonstrate the technical details behind Book Hive.

Book Hive is an interactive sculpture created to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Bristol Libraries, which features 400 animatronic books in the foyer of the main library.

(Or, 400 minus the ones they bring along to Dorkbot for us to examine…)

Tuesday February 18th in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol. 7.30pm for 8pm start.

In the previous week, they’ll be giving the Pervasive Media Studio Friday Talk on the 14th (but without so much of the techie goodness).


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