Open Shop Friday: Waterworld Edition

Attention, first-time guests! If you’ve been looking for a good time to drop in and see the space, Open Shop is that time. Bring a project, bring an idea, bring a friend, but just get here — all are welcome.

Doors will be open by 7 for sure, probably earlier. Follow @i3detroit or call 248-556-9995 and press 1 to ring the spacephone to confirm, if you’re planning to arrive early.

Coming up: Android, Needlecraft, Lockpicking…

  • What: Needlecraft Meetup
  • When: Tuesday, 5/24, 7:00pm (Same time as Android, different area.)
  • Who: Open to the public, any skill level is welcome. Knit, crochet, and more.
  • What: Android User Group Meetup
  • When: Tuesday, 5/24, 7:00pm (Same time as needlecraft, different area.)
  • Who: Open to the public, any skill level. Users, developers, iPhone refugees, anyone with an interest in Android is welcome!
  • Bring: Phones, tablets, or toasters that run Android.
  • What: Locksport / Lockpicking class
  • When: Wednesday, 5/25, 7:00 doors, 7:30 class
  • Who: Novice locksport enthusiasts who preregistered.
  • Bring: Locks to pick, picks if you have ‘em, $20 if you don’t.

May Android User Group Meetup

Tuesday, May 24th @ 7pm.

Anything Android! If you own an Android phone/device or even if you are only considering maybe buying an Android phone or tablet, join us! Discussion will range from, your favorite app, battery saving techniques, how to root, or anything anyone wants to share. We welcome all ranges of experience and knowledge.

i3Detroit advances to the Red Bull Creation finals — NYC, here we come!

The finalists in the Red Bull Creation challenge have just been announced, and i3Detroit’s team is among them! The ChronoTune catapulted us to blogospheric fame and contest advancement, so we’re going to New York in July to compete in the finals. Check out Popular Mechanics’ coverage, and follow the stream of excited tweets…

Speaking of the ChronoTune, while it was functional for the contest deadline, it’s due for a series of upgrades that should improve robustness and audio quality, a whole new library of content, and better documentation. Watch this space! It’ll also likely be appearing at World Steam Expo 2011 and the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, and of course the big Maker Faire Detroit this summer. See you there!

How to Etch Your Own Printed Circuit Boards 5/12 @ 7p

For simple to moderately complex circuits, making your own printed circuit board (PCB) can be a more economical and faster alternative to sending your circuit board layout to a professional PCB manufacturing service.  In this class, attendees will learn how to turn a blank, single-sided PCB into a circuit board ready for drilling and soldering.

For more details and to sign up, visit