No more Maker Faire UK

October 3, 2018

It was with great sadness that I read that Maker Faire UK will not be coming back next year.

The venue Centre for Life in Newcastle has hosted the maker event since 2009 and was the very first venue to host a Maker Faire outside of the United States.

I’ve been a regular visitor and exhibitor since 2010 and enjoyed every moment of my time at it.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of other Mini Maker Faire’s in the UK and I’ll hopefully be visiting some of them next year instead.

 

So a final thank you to Maker Faire UK, to the people who organised it, to the exhibitors who showed off many great projects and to the many visitors who came to see what it was all about.

 

Here’s the message from Maker Faire UK web site:

Important news

In 2009, Life Science Centre brought Maker Faire to the UK and has hosted the country’s flagship event ever since. Over that time, the popularity of making activities in the UK has sky-rocketed.

Life is proud to have been pioneers in this growing Maker movement, but we feel the time is right to make a change and to bid a fond farewell to Maker Faire UK. Lovers of all things making needn’t fear, as we’re opening a new space in Life Science Centre dedicated to crafting, tinkering and creativity in the spring of 2019.

Advertisements

Old tech books = fun

July 31, 2018

When design and building my recent RC2014 boards one of the things I’ve found most useful and fun to re-read them after so many years has been my collection of great old tech books and data books. You’ll probably recognise a few of them. Here’s a brief list in no particular order:

 

 

 


Maker Faire UK 2018

May 4, 2018

New Raspberry Pi Zero add-on boards for sale

March 15, 2016

Following our earlier announcement we’re added the following Raspberry Pi Zero add-on boards to our Tindie store.

RS232
RPi0_PIIO_RS23202

Available on Tindie here:
https://www.tindie.com/products/DTronixs/raspberry-pi-zero-piio-rs232/

Break0ut

RPi0_PIIO_Break0ut01_small

Available on Tindie here:
https://www.tindie.com/products/DTronixs/raspberry-pi-zero-piio-breakout-/


PropBerry – Propeller & Raspberry Pi combo

July 31, 2012

For PropBerry, I was thinking using a Parallax Propeller* (or just Prop) as a super i/o co-processor for the RPi where the Prop would be used to offload the real-time I/O and let the RPi handle the higher program features. After talking about this combo on the Parallax forums, the Props VGA video capabilities were mentioned which got me thinking about using the PropBerry as a VGA serial terminal console and shelve the i/o co-processor idea for now.

The Parallax community is great and they’ve released a lot of good stuff. One of the things I remember (from about 2009) was Vincent Briel’s PockeTerm terminal software for the Prop. Using this on a Propeller Demo Board gives us a VGA video output and PS/2 keyboard for user input. A serial interface connects the Propeller demo board to the Raspberry Pi.

Now we got our bits together lets see if we can make them work 🙂

* The Parallax P8X32A Propeller chip (or just Prop) is a cool chip. It is a multi-core architecture parallel microcontroller with eight 32-bit RISC CPU cores (cogs) which share a common hub of 32K-RAM


Maker Faire UK 2011

March 15, 2011

The Maker Faire UK was back at Newcastle on the weekend 12th and 13th March 2011.

This year Abs and Sid were actually looking forward to going to the Faire, no arguments or huffy pants, in the back of the car they jumped and off we went.

This years Maker Faire as definitely bigger and better than last years. More floor space, more stands and more visitors.

In the makerspace, Abs decided to build a Maker Faire UK 2011 LED Badge, a RGB light thingy and a Drawdio noise making pencil. While Sid built the same LED badge and RGB light thingy but chose to build a LED light cube instead of the Drawdio.

It was great to meet some old friends and makers:

Aaron from Oomlout was there with their Arduino boards.

Jim and Kat from Sonodrome with their 555 step sequencer and their newest project an AUV (looking forward to seeing it fly Jim 🙂 )

Brian from Lab in a Box showing off his chemistry skills with his college showing off an early version of the OpenPCR.

Oli was there again with his interactive light table

John brought his UK101’s again and a new or should I say “old” Roland plotter churnning out coloured drawings.

and some new makers

Mark founder of Minty Geek was showing off their neat electronics kits.

Malcolm from Weird Motors with an array of homebuilt electric vehicles

Dave from BodgeitQuick with an impressive homebuilt RepRap

Martin showing off his mini ROV’s.

The legend poster that is Mike Cook (aka Grump Mike) from the Arduino forums showing off his Electric Harp and Hexome Arduino sequencer.

The world renouned hardware hacker Mitch Altman was there again working the maker area, helping the young and old to get making. The old guy from the Gadget Show was doing the rounds with a camera crew.


Sharing Project Files

February 24, 2011

One of the things that bugs me about wordpress.org is you can’t attach zip files or any file format that’s not a picture or word doc or pdf to your posts. This is a problem for me when I want to share schematics and PCB layouts of the projects I’m working on.

So I’ve been research for other ways I can share projects files through this blog.

There’s loads of online storage and collaborative sites I could choose from but I’ve narrowed the list to these four:

www.box.net

www.github.com

code.google.com/

www.codeproject.com

box.net is the favourite of the wordpress forums, a lot of Arduino project people use github.com and code.goggle.com and codeproject.com are popular amonst my programmer friends.

So which one to chose?