i3Detroit Public Open House Flyer 2018

i3Detroit Public Open House

March 24, 2018 * 10-4 pm

Open and Free to everyone!

Come on by and learn what a makerspace is and how we operate

1481A Wordsworth St
Ferndale, MI 48220


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 switlikm@gmail.com.

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.