Event update: Friday’s car hacking meetup is cancelled, as I’m traveling and probably won’t be back in town in time to host it. If anyone wants to come hack on cars anyway, well, that’s always a welcome activity! Now, on with the post. The sort of work you do with a laser cutter can depend […]
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It’s 3-14 and that means it’s time to make bad pi/pie jokes! Won’t you join us? This evening at i3 Detroit: Laser-cut a nice acrylic case for your Raspberry Pi! Savor Meijer’s finest gourmet raspberry pies! Share projects you’ve completed or only just started! Pun-ish each other with brutal wordplay and awful jokes!
When first stepping through the door, the University of Michigan’s Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center feels familiar, like a well-equipped hackerspace/makerspace. A Haas vertical mill dominates the main floor, more modern than i3’s but otherwise similar. In the back are manual mills and lathes, and a nontraditional vehicle (in this case, a solar car) hangs […]
Q: What has four wheels and sixteen hackers clustered around it? A: Chris Peplin’s sweet ride, with a prototype OpenXC translator plugged into it! On Friday, i3 Detroit’s first car hacking meetup brought a good turnout, with pizza and drinks and solder and software and tons of fascinating ideas. The mix of attendees included several […]
Q: What has four wheels and fifteen computers? A: Your car! For years, I’ve described hackers as “greasemonkeys with cleaner fingernails”. The eagerness to dive into a complex system, the urge to squeeze more performance out of one’s daily-driver, the itch to tinker with something that already “works just fine”. Sound familiar? As the computer […]