Hour of Code

How many lines of code can you program in hour? A new campaign in the US that is spreading around internet is called “Hour of Code”, with a great video ad with celebrities and folks of all ages learning to code, and Obama giving a little encouragement. I checked out HourofCode.org to see what it…

Hack UR Baubles

Christmas is coming, so I was wondering if there was an interesting project that I could do that could be a gift or just be entertaining during the holidays.  As luck would have it, ModLab had a day-long workshop called Hack UR Baubles, run by Ottawa hackers Michael Grant and Megan Smith, to construct a…

Making the Pi play some audio

If the Raspberry Pi plays an audio file, and I can’t hear it, is it working? My objective this week was to make the Raspberry Pi play some sound out of its 3.5mm audio/headphone jack. Last week I was able to get the Pi to boot up and run a program, but this week I…

Potential project: arduino controlled paper car

At ModLab last night was Doug (dnclabs.com), who was building a circuit board out of copper peel and stick strips, a matte board that he had cut on the laser printer, and some electronics (a 4k arduino processor, some resistors, etc.).  Doug was building an H circuit to control a motor backwards and forwards. The…

Laser cutter in action

At the end of the ModLab, someone was cutting something on the laser cutter.  I had never seen one in action, so I stayed to watch. So cool. The project was to cut out a series of squares of a clean plastic, with the numbers 0 to 9 engraved on the surface of the plastic,…

Starting up the Raspberry Pi

It’s alive!A week or so ago I ordered a Raspberry Pi (complete with an SD card with the NOOBS software preloaded), and after last weeks first foray into the ModLab I decided to take the Raspberry Pi to see if I could get it going.  My objective for the night:  get the Pi operating and…

First workshop on 3D printing

I had to check at the front desk for directions twice.   Down the hall, take a left, through the door, take a right after entering Artspace, and I found myself in the windowless room that is the ModLab in Ottawa, hosted by artengine. Along with about a dozen other people, I was there for a…