Reading’s second Repair Cafe is taking place on Saturday 16 November from 2pm, hosted this time by Reading Hackspace and supported by Transition Town Reading and GREN.
Repair cafe is a chance to learn how to repair things that are broken rather than throw them away.
Experts will be on hand to help with repairs ranging from electronics and computers, to sewing and tool sharpening. The exact list of repairers will be confirmed soon, but definite help will be on hand with technical and electronics, computers and sewing. The event is entirely free but donations are welcomed to enable us to continue running the Repair Cafe in future.
This weekend we ran our first micro electronics course based on the popular Arduino learning platform and we were very well subscribed. We had some great kit to demo on the day and during the session guests managed to work out how to:
- about the differing Arduino board/options
- basic communication protocols
- differences between analog and digital pins
- how to install the drivers and IDE
- upload code to the microprocessor
- layout some circuits and troubleshoot
- get everything hooked up and working
On top of that the attendees made:
- a working night light
- a heating/cooling system
I’m pretty sure everyone had a fab day and we’ve now accumulated some great kit and we hope to have a follow up programming course too soon.
Reading Hackspace put a lot of work into helping ZSL London Zoo with their work on Marine Monitoring and since being published seems to have gone viral!
You can read more here
A quick movie demonstrating some of the work RLab developed for use in the Chagos Archipelago with ZSL.
You’ll no doubt find this on the web via the numerous Hackspaces which were involved in this project, but here is our copy – the report shows the amazing technology and collaboration that presented the project with some amazing results as summarised in the document. A huge majority was built at Reading Hackspace and it’s great to see what the space can achieve when pulling together!
ZSL Approved Blog 20 May 13 PDF Document