Robot Knife Fight Development Day (4/1/2012 10am-6pm)

SWiT here. Ted and I have been working on a game we call “Robot Knife Fight”.  It’s 2-4 identical autonomous Arduino powered robots in a 6’x8′ arena.  Their power switches are held in place by a balloon and they have a sharp pointy thing on the other end.  Four robots enter one robot leaves.  All the files concerning the robots will be available on github soon.  We could use help with getting OpenCV in Python (or C) to process images from the camera above the arena.  Robot positions will then be reported to all robots via radio.  This Sunday Ted and I are sitting down with our 2 arenas, 2-4 robots, and as many pots of coffee necessary to make this happen. Stop by if you are curious, want to help, or if you want to compete. We will be at i3Detroit either developing or testing the new arena code from 10am until 6pm Sunday April 1st. Soon after competitors will write code for a randomly chosen robot and see how it does in the arena against the others. If you have questions email me at

i3 Detroit members all over Instructables

Recently featured on the front page of Instructables: A portable electronics toolkit, by dustinbikes. You may know him better as Dustin White, long-time i3 Detroit member and knife freak. He also published the ammo-box speakers, which got a bit of attention last year…

Several other members have contributed to the ever-growing list of Instructables:

Have you written an Instructable, or otherwise shared your knowledge and projects? Drop a link in the comments, please!

Meet the Members: Dustin White

When did you join i3 Detroit:
I joined i3 august of 2010
I have worked on:
  • Tiny brass cannon
  • 2011 Powerwheels trophy
  • Rocking chair rebuild
  • 2x ammo box radios
  • most of the work benches in the space
  • micro forge
  • stilts
  • solder fume extractor
  • vinylism of the shop
  • rolling tool cabinet
  • about 100 other things that don’t come to mind at the moment.
What is your next project:
building a 50’s retro futuristic ray gun.
What is your best i3 memory:
there are so many of them.  Almost all of my memories at i3 are good ones, hanging out and collaborating with like minded friends.

Meet the Members: Paul Kerchen

The Chicken Tractor

When did you join i3 Detroit:

August 2010

What have you worked on at i3:
  • Wall-E vertical carousel
  • Dollhouse furniture
  • Wireless quiz gadgets (for GGHC)
  • Treasurer
What is your next project:
  • Wireless package delivery detector.
  • Tune bugs: stand-alone electronic devices that generate different tunes depending on the proximity of other tune bugs.
  • Treasure chest with electronic combination lock.
  • Rope bridge over creek, zip line between barn and pond (at home, not i3 🙂 ),
  • Coffee table jukebox
  • A mechanical iris installed in the door of my shed

Best i3 Detroit Memory:

The first Potlock, where we worked together to improve the space in one long night of cutting, drilling and eating.

Meet the Members – Matthew Gary Switlik

Matthew Gary Switlik ( a.k.a. SWiT)

When did you join i3 Detroit?
I’ve been a member since the planning stages in July 2009.  There were ten to fifteen of us showing up at a coffeeshop every week talking over details of what we wanted out of a hackerspace.  I really needed access to a electronics lab and more wood working for various projects I was working on at home but never could quite finish. I was always missing some knowledge or tool to bring things to 100% completion. 50% done project aren’t as cool, so I needed i3.
What have you built at i3 Detroit?
In chronological order.  Tiny bristle bots, a ridiculously large human ride-able bristle bot, a set of Arduino controller pop up targets for NERF guns, a cigarbox guitar, an Arduino powered skeeball machine, a beer growler organ, an EL Wire Vegas Vic costume, and an arduino crockpot sous-vide cooker.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am finishing work on a micro-helicopter race track with timer and landing pad, and an 8bit Audio Game. Surprise! Both use the Arduino as a platform.
Best i3 Detroit Memory?
I thrive off of the the various demo events days like the Detroit Maker Faire.  Last year as we were packing up the group’s rented truck at the end of the weekend I remember that wonderful feeling of pride, accomplishment, and lack of sleep.