Member Meeting Minutes for April 16, 2014

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Minutes by Agenda Topic

  • Attendees:
    • Doug
    • James
    • Gene
    • Chad
    • Scott^2
    • Anthony
  • Called to order at:
    • 7:41pm

New Members


Recent Events

  • Thursday Mar 20: Sketchup/3D Printer
    • Good turn out, but we need a better tutorial in the future.
  • Thursday Mar 27: Intro to Linux night (using a VM)
    • Installed Arch Linux on a VM. Low turnout.
  • Thursday April 3: Lockpick
  • Friday April 11: Digital Games
    • Artemis night! We had a few non-members come out and play.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday April 17: Oscilloscope (how to use)
    • Geno is the point of contact
  • Thursday April 24: Alcohol/Adult Artemis!
    • Hack Pittsburgh Mugs on sale for 15 dollars
  • Thursday May 1: LockPick Club
  • Friday May 9: Analog Game Night
  • Thursday May 15: ROS Talk
    • Anthony?
  • Thursday May 22: Talk on Window Lights Project
    • Greg, Gene, Anthony?
  • Thursday May 29: Talk on Power Wheels
    • Chad
  • If you have ideas, contact Chad

Potential Thursday Night talks/events

  • (Recurring) game night second Friday every month, switch between digital(video games) and analog(board games)
    • No Thursday event preceding day (possibly do Galileo on this Thursday)
  • (Recurring) Shop Show-and-Tell (Quarterly)
    • Next scheduled in sometime in May
  • (Recurring) Sketchup
    • First meeting is occurring tomorrow... be there!
  • Finite State Machines
    • Contact Anthony/Greg
  • Build your own h-bridge
  • Object Oriented Software development
    • Contact Greg/Joey
  • Reverse engineering
    • The ATM
    • The G35 Light protocol
  • OpenCV/Computer Vision
    • Contact Anthony
  • High security locks
  • Anyone?

Unscheduled Classes

  • Welding class for members
    • We need to talk to Gabe for scheduling.
    • Waiting on Gabe. Can handle 7-8 students. A few bucks for class materials and pizza.
    • Still pending..............
  • Ham radio test.
    • Gene

Learning Tracks

  • Arduino Track:
    • Learn to Solder (done)
    • Intro Programming (done)
    • Diode Shield (Done)
    • Sensors, sensors, sensors!
      • Postponed. TBD.
    • Analog circuits (OpAmps)
      • May TBD
      • Try to get a date soon.
    • Intro to Motor Control
    • Advanced Motor Control

Shop Projects

  • Window Lights project - lights in the windows!
    • Gene is working on syncing the prototyping board with the outside display
    • Need to add switch to toggle between board and lights
    • The software group is working on this on the first and third Monday nights of every month... Come out
    • Now uses a hardware timer
  • High altitude balloon
    • Will start combined meeting with UAV club
    • First meeting we will include the balloon is the 7th.
    • We are looking for experiments!! <Send Email to list>
  • Power wheels
    • 006 ——> Delorian!
    • Need to start ASAP
      • Will kick off Weds March 12th
    • Eli got and tested fuses for car. No issues with 40Amp fuse.
    • Found a controller for the Jeep (needs diode for controller protection)
    • Not at MakerFaire but maybe PGH Vintage Grand Prix.
      • Jim needs to talk to them
    • Possibly at the White House
      • No word Yet.
    • Software group will start working on Telemetry data...
      • Contact Greg/Gary
  • CNC Router
    • Eli got a computer (needs tested).
    • We need to finish assembling.
    • Need to make an enclosure.
  • Setup e-stop for tools
    • Gabe has parts, Chad will pick a day to set this up.
      • Thursday we will start!
      • Gabe started... has some things done. Still have to mount the inclosure and such.
    • Gabe will get another reader. Needed to use the one to this for the door.
      • Started working on it. Looking for a good enclosure for parts.
      • We have the parts!
    • Gabe and Chad to work on RFID control for tool area.

Shop Updates

  • 3D Printer
    • Bed has been aligned
    • Workstation Added for 3-D Printer
      • Needs to be re-setup.
    • Re-occurring SketchUp/3d printer class.
      • TRAINING!!! Talk to Chad, Anthony or Eli!
    • We have Black, Gold and White Filament.
    • Pay System
      • We will be using a Gram Scale for now. (Honor System)
      • Pricing @ 5 cents a gram!.
  • Server Rack / Network
    • Now running Minecraft server, in test mode for now
    • Need to work out how to remote into server for admin
  • Mugs - Gabe is the point of contact
    • $15 each, $20 for mug personalized with text at bottom
    • In stock in the shop! BUY ONE

Shop Project Ideas

  • DrawBot
  • Window web interface
  • Refrigerator to TARDIS.
    • Chad to buy paint.

Old Business

  • Mini-MakerFaire Planning
    • Chad has taken over
    • Meetings are getting started
  • Laser Cutter (AKA Frickin Lasers!)
    • Talking to other People/Hackerspaces to go in on a group buy. Turns out other spaces aren't interested in a group buy.
    • Chad expects buy to be ~April
      • Chad is now actively looking and has a few possible places where we can get one.
  • Chad created opt-in contact list on Google docs
    • contact info for members to contact each other
    • Contact a board member for access!
  • Scott^2 wants to get HackPittsburgh presence in "new economy working group"
    • Scott^2 has not been in touch. He will have more next meeting.
  • Meeting time to 7:30pm
    • Greg was confused that there was anything different
    • Geno appreciated the extra time before work and thinks it should continue
  • Doug makes a motion to move the next meeting at 7:30pm and start promptly
    • Gene seconds, the meeting next meeting will be held at 7:30pm
  • A committee has been formed to review the bylaws
    • Changes have been made and will be presented at the next meeting.
    • Greg is the point of contact
    • Thanks to all members that have been reviewing the constitution and providing input

New Business

  • Carnegie Library would like to know if we could give a talk about HackPGH and give a demonstration
    • Possible dates: 6/21, 6/28, 8/2, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30
    • We will need projects and people to present
  • Steel City Hackers (Steel City Information Security) needs a space to congregate
    • Chad will act as sponsor
    • No one voiced an opposition. Chad will move forward.
  • Create a form for people to signup for an email when interested in more information about joining
  • Shop Cleanup May 31st
    • Need to get ready for Garage Sale
  • Garage Sale June 7th!
    • Will sell
      • Metal punch (Junior)
      • DVD duplicator (On Craigslist)

Move to Adjourn

Anthony motioned to adjourn. Gene seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:46p.