Monthly Archives: December 2014

Color changing Wifi controlled light thingie devices (aka last meetup for 2014)

For our last meetup of 2014 we built our December project which was Wifi Controlled RGB Lamps. The wifi lamps basically consist of some laser cut parts, some 3d printed parts, a Nucleo, the wifi module (esp8266) and addressable rgb lamps.

DSC_7789It was designed so that it can be put together relatively easy with minimal soldering. Having a nucle development board in the lamp allows for lots of expansion. For example, adding a temperature sensor and have the color change when it gets too hot or too cold. DSC_7790 DSC_7784 DSC_7782

The enclosure consists of laser cut inner box in semi transparent white and then we cut a voronoi themed outer-box to make it look even more pretty.

DSC_7780The final result is a beautiful lamp that you can control from your smartphone :)

wifilamp1 wifilamp2Thanks to everybody who attended our last meetup for 2014. We are taking a break for the holidays and will back on the 8th of Jan 2015. Be safe out there and keep on making :)

Elections, New Space and Girl Power

Lots of new happenings the past two weeks. Last week we had our last meetup at the old space. It has served us well but it is time to move to something bigger (more on that later).

James and Brendan was in town for the MakerFaire Africa and decided to do the drive from Joburg to come visit us. We immediately put them to work to build a MeArm kit. They had lots of fun. You guys are welcome back any time :)

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Misc projects were being worked on, including playing with esp8266 wifi module. It’s nice and cheap and we have a few projects planned around it.

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Apart from our Maker Faire preparations we also managed to squeeze in our first management elections. As voted by our members our Management for 2015 is

Financial – Gerhard Nel
Public Relations – Tom Van den Bon
Chairman – Sebastian Schocke
QuarterMaster – Chris Venter

For more information on their duties check out the wiki page. We are still figuring out the whole process and welcome any suggestions to improve BinarySpace.

DSC_7682This week we started moving into our new space and we had our first meetup in the new space. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the evening with us (even if the space is still a bit rough)

newspaceLast night we started working on some space improvements as well as making lists (Geeks love lists) of things we need to do/buy or fix.

DSC_7764Chris and Wolff donated alarm systems which we started to cobble together.

DSC_7778Sebastian and Gerhard started working on the RFID access control system that we are installing for 24 hour access to the space for our members. We haven’t moved over the keg yet, but we managed to make do with some bottled craft beers.

DSC_7774The advantage of the new space became very obvious last night. While we were hacking away on the one side on space improvements, we had some new guests on the other side having a little Pocketsized Robot Arm (MeArm) workshop. Lindie (Aged 15, she is becoming a bit of a MeArm expert) was put in charge of an impromptu workshop for our guests. Sheila (Aged 12), Stefni (Aged 14), Nina and their guardians had loads of fun building their projects. I’m hoping to convince Lindie to run a few more workshops with fun projects for our new members. Here are some more pics of everybody in action:

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DSC_7766As you can see the MeArm is quite a popular project at BinarySpace. htxt even added it to their htxt-mas festive buyers’ guide. For those of you who don’t know the MeArm was designed by Benjamin Gray and Jack Howard at Phenoptix Towers. For more info check out their project page.

And that iss it for this week, see everyone next week!