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.