While I’m sure we all are missing in-person get-togethers, the Remo platform is pretty neat way to interact virtually. Some of you may remember that Hackaday used Remo for the community Bring-A-Hack at Remoticon last month. It features tables and seating areas for up to eight people, which offer participants the chance to enjoy smaller conversations.
The Holidays with Hackaday and Tindie meetup will be December 15th at Noon Pacific. You can register ahead of time on Remo, and be sure to check out the event page on Hackaday.io.
Come hang out and share your latest projects, check out what other people in the community are working on, and catch up with friends! We hope to see you all there!
LayerOne is May 25th-28th in Pasadena, California and we want to see you there! The LayerOne information security conference began back in 2004. This conference brings a diverse selection of speakers and topics to a single place. There’s a focus on technology, but also the social impact of things like networking, hardware, cryptography, and much more.
Supplyframe, Tindie’s parent company, is proud to support both the 2018 LayerOne conference this year and the wonderful community of makers who attend. Supplyframe’s annual sponsorship of LayerOne goes back to 2015, and has included sponsored the electronic badges for the event each year.
Last year’s badge was an incredible creation that featured enough computing power to emulate games, hack CAN bus, and even included a 2.4″ LCD screen. It sold out quickly on Tindie, so we are all eager to see what design they come up with for this year’s badge! Tickets are on sale now, with several options for various workshops being held at the conference in addition to general admission.
If you can’t make it this year, all of the talks will be uploaded to the LayerOne YouTube channel. You can also view talks from prior years as well. We hope to see you there!
The 2018 Demoscene Party
A big part of LayerOne is the annual demoscene party. Each year, competitors are challenged to utilize a LayerOne Demoscene Board which places a number of constraints on the code size, memory, and processor speed. Given this canvas, they create an output of audio and video that pushes the limits of what is possible with the hardware.
Anyone with an interest in C, assembly, graphics, or embedded systems programming should absolutely try their hand at this year’s competition. Remote entries are welcome for those who cannot make it in person.
The 2018 Demoscene Party begins Saturday, May 26th at 6:00PM in the Chillout Room.
This year’s LayerOne Demo Board, sold exclusively through Tindie, is a 16-bit PIC24F chip with 96K RAM, and 256K Flash/ROM. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this video of last year’s demoparty:
Maker Faire UK is a two-day festival at the Life Science Centre and Newcastle. Over 300 hackers, coders, and makers come together to share their inventions and ideas. Inspiration is the word of the day when you attend this incredible festival.
Show Off Your Product at the Tindie Booth!
We’re inviting members of the Tindie community to come and demo projects at our booth during Maker Faire 2018. If you would like to demo one of your products, say hello on Twitter, or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are an estimated 10,000 makers attending this year, including some of our own Tindie sellers:
This is just a small slice of the makers who will be attending Maker Faire 2018. We are on the lookout for more Tindie sellers who want to showcase their projects, so be sure to reach out if you’re interested!
Quick question for you. Are you free Sunday, April 15th? Hackaday and Tindie are going to be in London this weekend, coming back from the Dublin Unconference. We’re hosting a free Bring-a-Hack event for the London community at the Artillery Arms, Bunhill Row, in Islington!
London Meetup (Sunday, April 15th)
Grab a drink and hang out with members of the community Sunday at London’s Artillery Arms. Tindie’s Jasmine Brackett and Hackaday’s Jenny List will also be in attendance. Please register for a free ticket to tell us you’re coming (that page has all of the details).
Don’t worry, this isn’t a formal get-together, so you won’t need to prepare a presentation or anything. Just bring a small and portable project that you want to show off to the community. Electrical, mechanical, 3D-printed, textiles, or anything else you’re working on is welcome! If you have any Hackaday prize projects from this year or a past year, we want to see those too.
If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t sweat it. We have two more events coming up in Nottingham and Cambridge as well.
Nottingham Meetup (Wednesday, April 18th)
Tindie seller ZxSpectROM is organizing another meetup in the Midlands on April 18th at the Canalhouse. Just like the London meetup, this is an informal gathering where makers can bring their latest portable creations to share with the community.
A third meetup is happening in Cambridge on Thursday, April 19th at The Cambridge Blue. Sign up for free and bring along any projects you’re working on for this Bring-a-Hack meetup. All projects are welcome. We especially love a change to see projects from Hackaday.io and Tindie.com in person!
Pi Wars (April 21-22nd)
Later this month, Tindie is proud to be sponsoring the Pi Wars robotics competition. Jasmine Brackett from Tindie will be in attendance. If you haven’t heard of this two-day challenge, it is a competition in which Raspberry Pi-controller robots are created by teams and tested in non-destructive gauntlets.
Points, prizes, and medals are awarded at the end of the day in a ceremony. The event can support up to 76 teams at the competition in Cambridge, UK. Teams are welcome from all around the world to test their mettle in this robotic crucible.
Tindie will be there with Tindie Badges as well. Winners can also expect Tindie credit as a reward for their efforts.
Stay tuned for more events towards the end of April! Makerfaire and a meetup in Newcastle will be held at the end of the month.
If you’re quick you might also snag a ticket for the Hackaday Dublin Unconference — check the link above. Join Jasmine Brackett, Tindie Product Manager, along with Mike Szczys, Editor-in-Chief of Hackaday, Contributing Editor Jenny List, Supplyframe Director of Product Sophi Kravitz, and about 150 other people from the Hackaday and Tindie Community for a day and a night of hardware talks, food and drinks, hacks and projects. We’d love to see you at both or either.
Friday: Bring-A-Hack at TOG
Come hang out with Hackaday and Tindie night before the Hackaday Dublin Unconference. Thanks to TOG Hackerspace, we’re really pleased to host this Bring-a-Hack in the heart of Dubin on Friday evening.
Grab a small and easy to carry project you’d like to show off and come enjoy a tasty beverage and some light snacks on us. This is a great opportunity for visitors to Dublin or folks new to TOG to check it out and meet the members.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Dublin makers are working on, especially from local Seller PartFusion (who is also a TOG member and vouched for us for this event. Thank you!) and what’s new with AnalysisIR.
This event is open to anyone, so even if you can’t make it to the Unconference, we’d love to see you. RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming.
Saturday: The Hackaday Dublin Unconference!
This is Hackaday’s first big event in Ireland and there’s going to be quite a turnout at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. It did sell out, but there have been a few cancellations, so you may still be able to bag a ticket. Tickets are free, thanks to DesignSpark brought to you by RS, the exclusive sponsor of the event.
If you’re excited about a project or idea you’re working on right now, come prepared with a 7-minute talk and put your name down! It’s you and other community members who step up that makes this a great event. The one last September in London was ‘epic‘.
Head over and register for either a $20 Expo-Only Pass, or you can use the code ‘HACK’ to get 50% off the Full-Access Pass. The discounted $42.50 ticket gets you in for all four days of programming at the Southern California Linux Expo.
Held annually in Las Vegas, DEF CON is one of the world’s largest hacker conventions. This year it’ll be even bigger as its devotees will be celebrating the 25th year of DEF CON from the 27th-30th of July. Tindie will be there along with the Hackaday crew!
You may ask why would we be interested in a security conference where attendees could end up on the wall of sheep, or where there’s an interesting mix of federal government employees and attendees up-to-shenanigans? There has always been a healthy crossover between the infosec and hardware community, and number of exciting prototypes and devices coming out of that is growing at an increasing rate.
If you look at Hackaday’s past DEF CON coverage, you can see the explosion in unofficial badges and artisanal electronics. There are over a dozen villages — Hardware Hacking, IoT Security, Biohacking, Crypto, and more — each with their own talks and activities. Infosec is increasingly looking past network servers to dedicated and connected hardware, often using custom equipment to test or exploit these systems. This all sounds like the unique and cutting-edge hardware that ought to be listed on Tindie.
Take a look at DEF CON’s speaker schedule and workshops. You’ll see that it’s a massive opportunity to learn new skills and share ideas. Security attracts an array of folks including computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, security researchers, students interested in how the things they use work, and who want to understand them in a way that most people take for granted as ‘safe’ and ‘working’.
Will you be at DEF CON?
Help us find you and other awesome hardware at DEF CON. Join the Hackaday.io project Hardware Hunting at DEF CON 25 to post details or let us know on Twitter and we’ll try to find you this weekend.
Drop by the IoT Village
We’re one of the sponsors of IoT Village this year, so stop by to say hi. Likely Jasmine Brackett and Shulie Tornel will be there in the early afternoons, and for the Hardware Hacking 101 workshop with Ken Monroe from 5:30pm on Friday. The IoT Village has a full lineup of IoT Security talks Friday through Sunday.
Complete the DC Darknet Teaser to get early access to the Darknet Badge
We’ll also be lending a hand for the Darknet badge rush. If you like puzzles and quests, ‘Connect to the Daemon‘ to view the Casefile. Darknet will take you to the limit of your existing knowledge… and beyond. Join them, to go on a quest to improve your technical abilities.
(1/3) Completed the DC Darknet Teaser? Badge kits on sale Fri & Sat at 10a.m. Early access and discounted price: $60, limit 1pp
Tindie can help you reach the maker market, so come talk to us. We can’t wait to see your cool projects and give you the latest Tindie and Hackaday stickers. If you’re already a seller, we’d love to catch up with you and put a face to a name.
In January, we started the Silicon Valley Hardware Meetup group here at Tindie HQ, with the goal for people from all around the South bay and Peninsula to meet other hardware enthusiasts like them as well as show off and discuss projects they are working on. We provide pizza and drinks and about halfway through the evening, there are 2-minute demos where attendees can give a “show and tell” about the project they are working on or featuring on Tindie, resources they are looking for, or introduce an idea they are working on. We have these meetups on the last Thursday of each month and February was another success!
We had even more 2-minute demos this time! Below are some quick recaps on what we saw:
Nick brought two of his projects: the J1772 Hydra and OpenEVSE II. The Hydra is a dual-head electric vehicle charging station/splitter, available in splitter or standalone EVSE. The variants can either be put into a 208/240 volt electric circuit or a J1772 inlet to share an existing charging station with two vehicles. The OpenEVSE II boards easily assemble with a J1772 connector, cable, and other components to create your own charging station.
Philip is working on an upcoming project called OSHChip. It is a very small processor board with built-in Bluetooth radio and is packaged like a 16 pin DIP. He is also looking for someone to help out making a great website for this project, so click his name to get in touch!
Daniel brought a few projects he has available through Tindie, including the ArduRF family of boards. These are Arduino compatible boards that come in three sizes, each optimized for a different application environment. All have integrated wireless capabilities and LiPo battery circuits.
Nathan brought in the Bolt M1, a 100% electric bike that has a 50 mile range, goes up to 35 miles per hour, and connects to a smartphone to start, which makes it keyless. The entire system is powered by a microcontroller and a lithium battery to get around urban traffic and go green.
Christoph and Jelena gave a demo of the Nixie, a wearable, flyable quadcopter. With a simple gesture, the Nixie can fly, take high definition images and 1080p video, and return to you. They are also hiring designers and engineers. Click on their name to see what positions they are looking to fill for their team!
Greyson Jennings: Slash Screen
Greyson is working on his first smartphone app. With Slash Screen, you will be able to use your camera to capture colors from everyday items and save them to your Adobe Kuler account!
Graham demonstrated the new Pebble Time smart watch, currently featured on Kickstarter. By using the data pins on the back or bluetooth, it is easy for Pebble Time to interface with your projects and give you a new platform to work on.
Shingo showed off Ring, a wearable ring that pairs with IOS or Android to detect the smallest finger movements and, with customizable gestures, take action. The battery lasts 1-3 days and you can do things like adjust volume on your phone, skip a song, turn on lights, and even exchange contact information.
Aaron returned this month with an update about his miniature Macintosh computer: he now has a blog with more detailed photos and build log. The project is based on a Raspberry Pi compatible board running Linux and an emulator with Mac OS 7.5 that he mainly uses for playing Oregon Trail and watching After Dark screensavers.
Iru spoke about her new company, Yours, that has created a new social, mobile app that helps others anonymously seek or give advice, express their feelings, and meet others. She is currently looking to expand her team, so get in touch with her for more details!
Surya has a software and hardware platform start up that’s focused on active safety applications for automotive. He is currently looking for an experienced embedded systems engineer to join as a co-founder with a strong background in safety-critical software, hypervisors, DSP, and signal processing.
MAMORIO, “the world’s smallest bluetooth beacon” is in production now. It’s waterproof, small enough to fit in your wallet, attach to a keyring, or even a pet collar. It will send alerts straight to your phone and has an option for “crowd-tracking” which allows others nearby to help find your misplaced item as well.
We will not have an event in March here at Tindie HQ, but for anyone in the Shenzhen China area, shoot us a note if you are interested in attending a meetup there! Keep an eye on our meetup page for details of the April meetup as well as an upcoming local factory tour. More photos from the evening are below!
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