RockIT Member Blogs
The RadioShack team has reached out to MAKE: (and MAKE: reached out to RockIT CoLabs) to extend invitations to Makers in the San Francisco Bay Area community to get involved with a Smart Toy Weekend that they have planned in September.
Thanks so much to Simone Davalos & Ezra Spier from Other Machine Company. Today they came to RockIT CoLabs to show us how to make PCBs using our new Othermill desktop milling machine. Participants in the class etched RockIT CoLabs PCBs with a "Hello World" LED Circuit.
This was our first time streaming a class live. We had a few technical difficulties but the end product was pretty good. We may need to investing in a few more HDMI cameras though.
Earlier this month we had our first costume design workshop. Top hats and papier-mâché were made and pizza was consumed. A good time all around. Next costume workshop will focus on various lights and how to work them into costumes.
Today my daughter Kat (aka KittyKat3D) and I completed final assembly of her "Super-Awesome" WaterColorBot designed by Super-Awesome Sylvia. Thanks Sylvia - Kat and I think you're super awesome!
The WaterColorBot is a great STEM to STEAM educational project because it incorporates art with science and technology.
We now have hacker cubicles in the retail window display at our RockIT electronics store. These can be used to display some of the awesome and interesting projects from the vibrant San Francisco hacker community. Our goal is to make a free public showcase of the amazing and useful innovations that hackers are contributing to society.
This is both hilarious and scary at the same time. A reporter for Time magazine named Michael Scherer received a call from an polite and engaging woman asking if he would like to purchase health insurance. However, during the call Michael begin to feel something was not quite right about the voice on the other end of the phone.
He began asking the telemarketer some questions that were off topic and likely to be outside the script. Finally he asked her outright if she was a robot. At this point the robot denied it! Listen to the recordings.
Darren (Also known as our Launch Specialist) is volunteering at a local elementary school for the Hour of Code, an event to get kids coding. Check out the website http://code.org and try out their coding games for yourself!
RockIT CoLabs member Shelli (aka "Mission Control") has been using our 3D printer to experiment with making prosthetic hands like the ones shown in this video. The story is very inspiring and an example of the sorts of work that can be done with "Open Source Collaboration".
I would be fun to have a Hackathon at RockIT CoLabs for the purpose of continuing to improve the design.