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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever dream of a place where you could build and craft your heart’s desires?
A place to find other Do-It-Yourself-ers and get tips and advice?
A place where you could learn to use and have access to tools that would never fit into your garage or your budget?
That place exists, today. Welcome to i3Detroit.
Here at i3Detroit, we want to create and build, probably much like yourself. We’re not a profit-driven tool rental center, we’ve got a burning passion to create, tinker, hack and make, one that drives us to create the best possible community and space. Our members take pride in what we’ve built, and for good reason. We’ve got such a diverse range of things to create with here, and we’ve done it all as a highly-engaged volunteer community with a passion for things such as crafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, welding, programming, and digital fabrication!
Located near the heart of Ferndale, we’re close to many local events and an amazing community. If you’re curious about, or never heard of a Makerspace, then swing on by on a Friday evening (6:00 to 9:00 PM) to take a tour and get to know the membership!
Excited? Gotten this far? Come see us! You’ll find this is just the place you’ve been looking for!
See you soon!
Want to join?
i3 Detroit prides itself on being an open community, but that doesn’t mean anyone can just walk in, hand over $49, and get a key. We like all of our members to come check the space out and meet a few of the members before becoming a part of the community. Our signup process requires prospective members to get familiar with a community-run organization before joining.
i3 Detroit is always actively seeking Donations and Sponsorship to help continue our growth and educational goals. If you are interested in helping our community we have many options for you to help. Since i3 Detroit is a 501c3 organization your contribution may be tax deductible.
You can find all of our happenings here. The calendar includes all of our reoccurring events and classes.
Check out what we’ve been up to!
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:
- JimK3038 has several, including automotive sensors and Lego Mindstorms LCD repair.
- Surferdude shows how to increase the capacity of a cheap UPS.
- Myself has an old one about Ricochet modem modding, and reportedly a new one in the works.
- Your name here…
Have you written an Instructable, or otherwise shared your knowledge and projects? Drop a link in the comments, please!
i3Detroit is a volunteer community — no staff, no regular business hours! If you would like to learn more about the community and capabilities of i3 stop by on a Friday night after normal business hours. If you want to see how we herd 150 cats stop by on the first or third Tuesdays of the month. The cat-herding starts at 7:30.
We look forward to having you as part of the community!
Questions for the Leadership:
Please email contact@i3Detroit.org.
Questions for the Membership:
Want to ask a question or propose something to the entire membership? Use our public google group.