The bristlebots were a big hit. People were really fascinated by Matt’s bristlebot arena, and were often amazed that the bots’ seemingly-complex behavior was the result of random vibrations. As for the giant bristlebot, people usually looked at us with disbelief when we explained that it was a life-sized version of the small ones, and they were quite entertained to see the big one in action. Despite some battery troubles in the afternoon, we ran a lot of demos of the giant bristlebot, and had a lot of fun showing it off.
We were giving away bristlebot kits to anyone who made a donation to i3 Detroit, and ran out kits before lunch. We started tearing apart old cell phones to get the vibrator motors out and a very enthusiastic young maker named Indigo sat down and started helping us. After a few minutes, she’d gotten the hang of it, and was harvesting LCD screens for her own purposes.
Outside, i3 Detroit had a second booth that showcased Nick’s cupcake car, water rocket, and marshmallow launchers. The crowd was a buzz just waiting to see the cupcake car in action. Once it was announced that the cupcake would be taking it’s first ride, the crowd gathered to cheer Nick on. An even larger audience gathered for the water rocket launch (and the fantastic crash as it came down).
Some of the other cool projects included a RepRap built here in michigan, an aerial photography rig, a vortex cannon, an acrylic cnc table, a Wii-Nunchuck-controlled Etch A Sketch, the Ypsilanti FIRST robot, and on-site screen printing.
It was great to meet so many interesting people and share what we’ve been working on. If you’re checking out this blog because you saw us at the maker faire, definitely try to make it out to one of our meetings! We’re always looking for more people to be a part of Detroit’s first hackerspace.
Just a Reminder that we will be holding our regular group meeting Tuesday September 1st @ 7:00 P.M. We will be meeting at The Coffee Beanery in Berkley off of Woodward Ave. Just a reminder for all current members that our monthly dues will be collected at this meeting. Our meeting is open to anyone that would like to come. If you are interested in finding out more about our group and would like to be apart of it please join us!
We will be meeting tonight for our weekly meeting as well as to finish our Giant Bristlebot build for the A2 Maker Faire. We’ll meet at Swit’s garage @ 515 Lloyd Ave. Royal Oak Mi 48073. If you would like to join us and help out or if you would just like to come by and meet everyone at i3 Detroit you are more than welcome.
We are always looking for new members so come on by for a fun evening!
This Tuesday, July 21, i3 Detroit will be holding our first ever building party. We’ll be building and racing bristlebots. The event is BYOP (bring your own parts) so attendees will need a toothbrush, vibrating pager motor, and a small battery. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
i3 Detroit Building Party
Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 PM
515 Lloyd Ave. Royal Oak MI 48073 (map)
i3 Detroit still has open Membership if you are interested. We are holding our weekly meeting tonight @ 7:00 P.M at the Coffee Beanery in Berkley Mi.
If you are interested in learning more about the group and our projects please join us. If you already know you want to be a member you can fill out the new member sign up form and bring with you or you can pay online via credit card on our Membership page. The monthly dues are $50.00 per month. As a member you will have access to the space 24/7, attend weekly classes, voting rights and more.
We hope to see some new faces tonight as we continue to grow i3 Detroit into an amazing group of talented individuals!
i3 Detroit Team
phone: (248) 906-8473
For tours, just drop in before a meeting (Tuesdays 5-7pm) or any Friday evening (5-9pm).
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