Checkout Hak5 Podcast at i3 Detroit Tonight

Fan of the Hak5 podcast?  Wanna meet Darren Kitchen?  Like Monkeys

Checkout i3 Detroit tonight (5/17), where Darren Kitchen of Hak5 will be holding court.  Hear stories of his Hack Across America tour, share your projects and meet a very cool guy. 

Starts at 6:30pm and goes until we run out of energy or beer, whichever is first.

From hackerspace to art show, lamps headed to NYC

Where would a couple of artists/designers go for help with converting their latest lighting project over to LED illumination? Why, their friendly local hackerspace, of course!

Lisa Smith and Caroline Linder‘s “Pipette Lamps”, pictured here, got blisteringly hot when equipped with halogen bulbs. Before showing the lamps at Cite, they wanted to switch light sources. But multiwatt illumination-class LEDs are a bit tricky to drive, and that expertise proved elusive. After pursuing dead-ends with overworked grad students, local electricians, and other leads, the designers asked a geeky friend, who happened to be an i3Detroit member. The connection was instant and, in retrospect, obvious.

Smith and Linder’s request was modest — design hints, electronics help, links to parts suppliers — but shipping takes time, and the looming deadline made it clear that the arm’s-length approach wouldn’t succeed. Read more

Hacking Metro Detroit

We would like to send out a Thanks to Michelle Martinez & Metromode for a nice article about hacking and hackerspaces. Michelle explains the social side of hackerspaces as well as the grander movement of spaces being built around the country.

There are some great inserts from many different individuals in the scene including i3 Detroit, Bilal Ghalib from All Hands Active, Eric Michaud from Pumping Station: One, Dale Dougherty from Make, Jeff Sturges and Bethany Shorb from the up and coming hackerspace in Detroit.

You can find a link to the the article here.

Visit to Hack Pittsburgh

Found myself in Pittsburgh for a few business meetings and wanted to visit our friends to the East, Hack Pittsburgh

They have a very cool space with lots of style.  I am quite jealous of a number of their tools especially their TIG welder.  But I am most jealous of their ceiling cat. 

Thanks to Matt and and the team for hosting me and the delicious pizza.  The bristle bot challenge is still on and we are waiting for the day we race. 

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