Category Archives: Hackathon

The Great rLab Music Hackathon

Last weekend saw the start of our Music Hackathon – our attempt to build musical instruments from the variety of discarded equipment and materials that have been put on our ‘three week shelves’ for recycling / re-purposing.

Early work focussed on sorting out power supplies, a keyboard and MIDI-controller, with Andy producing the first finished instrument for the rhythm section – a musical soup-can.

MIDI controlled soup can

 

LEACS Update

Back in September we hosted our very own Hackathon at the Horniman Museum and Gardens with the task of building a temperature and lighting control system called LEACS (Laboratory Environmental Aquarium Control System) that would replicate Sunlight, Moonlight and temperature from Fiji in the hope the environmental conditions would induce the spawning of corals in captivity to get a greater understanding of the biology and work towards the conservation of these threatened coral environments.

It’s basically a Ocean Simulator for aquariums.

Well since the hackathon we’ve learnt a lot and with all systems they grow, develop and mature that’s led us to LEACS V2 and us adopting the GertDuino board as part of the solution.

We’ll post some details of the hardware shortly but we’ve also been working on a website to that’s in the beta stage at the moment but we hope to share project updates and the current environmental data we are using.

So please have a look at www.LEACS.net and bookmark it to stay up to date.

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In addition we’ve also developed an iPhone app we hope to expand out to share project updates and check on environmental data when your board! You can download it here.

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Horniman Museum and Gardens Hackathon

On Saturday 21st September after months of planning and support we finally pulled the day off, about 30 Hackers turned up and I think we achieved some 3 months work in a single day! We’ll have a more official update soon but here’s some pics to get started!

Huge thanks to everyone involved and for making it a great day!