Category Archives: Future Projects

New Space for BinarySpace

 

It’s been a few months since our request for assistance and quite a few things have changed. The good news is that we do have a new space again :) It’s an awesome space and we love it! We got a lot of responses that included ‘please don’t let binaryspace die’ to ‘I have a spot in my garage for you guys!’. We appreciate all the responses that we got and the overwhelming need to keep BinarySpace going.

Our new space is now located at 71 Rossini Blvd, Vanderbijlpark. It’s a nice spot in a decent area and we are very proud of it. We even got a new sign up to help people find the new space.
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The situation with the new space is that are properly renting it, and paying our own water/lights accounts, etc. It’s been a scary new exercise for us, but it has been rewarding in it’s own way.

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As you can notice we now have a new partner in the form of SiGNL.  SiGNL is a creative technology company, prototyping smart objects that extend into real world experiences. Various of our members have actively been involved in projects with SiGNL. SiGNL have partly been helping us out with our rent each month.

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Our membership system has also proven itself and everyone has stepped up joining as BinarySpace members and their fees have gone towards the expenses of the new space. We are also saving up for more exciting projects and equipment :) Becoming a member of BinarySpace means the continued survival of BinarySpace and also getting involved in an awesome environment where there is lots to learn from others.

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We have lots of exciting workshops happening in the future and some new technology challenges and great projects.

Our weekly meetups are still on thursday evenings at 19:30, so come and have a look at the new space :)

So stay tuned, BinarySpace isn’t going anywhere!

This week at BinarySpace – 17 July 2014

We had another great meetup last night, even though we were only a few. The keg system got a few bugfixes and seems to be running smoothly. The NeoPixel behind the tap now spins while pouring beer. We are currently investigating adding an RFID reader, but we’ll see how it goes. The actual top still needs attention as well and the electronics needs a cleanup. But it works great!

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Beer consumption is now being logged reliably and you can view it at “The Keg @ BinarySpace” site.

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We recently got our hands a a numeric led display which didn’t work (or atleast we weren’t sure how it worked). We opened her up, tossed the old electronics and spent a good time reverse engineering the display (Sebastian did a good job of tracing all the signals). Once we knew how it worked it was a matter of putting a small test program on an arduino and giving it a go.

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We were rewarded with an animation of all the segments being turned on one-by-one. Gys and Lionel have plans to make a wall mount bracket for it. As soon as it’s attached to the wall we just need to decided what to show on it, time? beer consumption? naughty words? Only time will tell :)

Lastly I powered up the pocket robot arm for a quick spin. This will be the first project in our planned monthly project evening. More info coming soon!

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Till next week!

Future project for BinarySpace

Recently found this on the net – It’s called the InMoov

A open source humanoid robot project created mostly from 3D printed plastic parts. And they are all available on thingiverse, with build instructions on the blog.

Wish we could have a couple of 3D printers up and running so we can start playing. Definitely a project to keep an eye on.