Brooklyn-Based Alpha One Labs

Alpha One Labs is a very active hackerspace located in Brooklyn. They frequently host events and offer many services to their members.

Location 657 Meeker Ave #1L
Brooklyn NY, 11222
Members 25-35
Website AlphaOneLabs.com

Alpha One Labs

Mary Auriti is co-founder and secretary at Alpha One Labs. We ask her what she has to tell us about her space:

What’s your meeting space like?

Approximately 900 sq. ft. with 18 ft. ceilings which could accommodate a second floor. We have a wall of pegboard with tools and custom built shelves with clear containers for supplies as well as small bins for little items. There is eight heavy duty desks, a taller work table and an adjustable height desk/work table. In the front area of our space we have a little lounge area with a small sofa, book shelf, fridge, coffee maker, big flat screen TV, twitter LED scroller, old school video consoles and games, and a gallery wall featuring a local artist’s work.

What tools do you have in your space? (Soldering stations? Oscilloscopes? 3-D printers?)

We have a JCUT 6090 laser cutter, a RepRap, drill press, saws, a Dremel, and other hand tools. Also, oscilloscopes and soldering irons.

If you could add three more tools, what would they be?

Welder, Epilogue laser cutter, and a CNC 5 axis mill

Does your group work with embedded tech (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, embedded security, MCU-based designs, etc.)?

We use Arduinos and are getting into Raspberry Pi.

Can you tell us about some of your group’s recent tech projects?

We have had a wide range of projects come through our lab as well as the ongoing big project of the physical lab space itself. Some projects from the past four years are:

  • the “Twitmas Tree” (ornaments that light up every time someone tweets a holiday related word)
  • butter churning with kosher cream from bed sty
  • self-watering rooftop veggie garden
  • LED hat displaying preset or dynamic messages
  • Internet time piece
  • and a stair climbing wheelchair — to name few

What’s the craziest project your group or group members have completed?

“Shot in the Dark” — A laser pointing to the center of the toilet bowel so men have a target.

Where can the CC Community learn more about it?

We post all our events on our web site alphaonelabs.com and host a few meetups from time to time as people contact us. We like to be there for any group that needs us and shares our interests in the great wide space of making, art, technology, science, education, environmentalism, hacking.

What would you like to say to fellow hackers out there?

Come on down! We are open to all and love the diversity of people who come through our lab. We are consistently working on making our lab a place to encourage innovation and give people what they need to get their projects off the ground.

Keep up with Alpha One Labs! Check out their Facebook page or Twitter feed for current events or to get involved.

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Baltimore Hackerspace: Four Years in the “Making”

Baltimore Hackerspace is a non-profit group founded by David Powell, Jason McMahon, Paul King , Miles Pekala, and Chris Cockrum. Though making things since January 2009, Baltimore Hackerspace just recently revamped its logo and name to better reflect the city they call home to their 1250 square feet of space. Currently, Baltimore Hackerspace has more than 20 members who all contribute their share of knowledge, talent, and money to keep the hackerspace open and exciting.

The group participates in several competition each year. These competitions give them a reason to work on projects as a group. The following links showcase some of the group’s projects, as well as some individual projects.


Group Projects

Power Wheels Racing – World Maker Faire
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2012/10/we-built-we-raced-we-lost/

Zen Garden – 2012 RedBull Creation Entry and Chill-a-Piller – 2011 RedBull Creation Competiton
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/category/red-bull-creation/

RobotFest – 2012 Robot Head Game

http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2012/04/robotfest-2012-pictures/
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2012/03/meet-401k/

 

 

Tron Disc Mod
http://baltimorehackerspace.>com/2010/12/tron-identity->disc-mod/

RotoFoto
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2010/11/haha-wins-first-place/

CNC Mill
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/category/cnc/


Individual Projects

Humanoid

http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2013/01/whats-going-on-tonight-at-openhack-jan-23rd/

 

 

 

LaserShark – Laser Light Show

http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2012/11/lasershark-open-house-this-weekend/

 

 

 

 

LED Fire Flys
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2010/07/led-fireflies-in-a-jar-v1-0/


Media

Makezine
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2011/02/jeremy-awesomes-amazing-technicolor-soapbox-kart/

Fox News
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2010/09/fox-45-news-at-electronica-fest/

HackaDay
http://hackaday.com/2011/07/07/hacking-and-rolling-at-the-red-bull-creation-challenge/

Book – Hack This: 24 incredible hackerspace projects from the DIY movement
http://baltimorehackerspace.com/2011/11/hack-this-24-incredible-hackerspace-projects-from-the-diy-movement/

HackMiami: UAV Design, Cybersecurity, & More

Miami isn’t just a destination for the Heat vs. Thunder NBA Finals, world-renowned clubs, five-star restaurants, and professional beach lazing. It also boasts an evolving technology scene with tons of monthly events (e.g., game hackathons, app-building workshops). A notable contributor to the city’s culture of innovation is HackMiami, a hackerspace where professionals, students, and innovators can “invent/develop new technologies, develop new skills, enhance old skills, collaborate with other like minded individuals to create something that is better than what they can do on their own.”

The group’s multitalented members work on projects as diverse as secure servers and UAV designs (see video below).

Below are images Rod—one of the group’s members—submitted of the hackerpace.

HackMiami meets at the "Planet Linux Caffe" (Source: HackMiami)

HackMiami meets at the “Planet Linux Caffe” (Source: HackMiami)

HackMiami runs events such as workshops and contests such as the Homebrew Antenna Contest at DEFCON XX in Las Vegas, NV.

After reviewing the photo submissions, I asked Rod for a bit of info about the group. He quickly filled me in.
C. J.: What are we looking at in the photos? Is that HackMiami’s actual space or are you holding an event a local establishment?

Rod: We hold our meetings at Planet Linux Caffe in Coral Gables, Florida. Planet Linux Caffe is a Open Source community place.

C. J.: What is the group’s “mission” or purpose?

Rod: We are hackerspace based in Miami, FL. We focus on information security and vulnerability research.

C. J.: What is your group like? Do members come from diverse tech backgrounds? How often do you meet?

A HackMiami meeting on the topic of cyber weapons (Source: HackMiami)

A HackMiami meeting on the topic of cyber weapons (Source: HackMiami)

Rod: We have an open-door policy. Everybody welcome, we have people from ALL ages and ALL backgrounds. We meet every two weeks. Here is where we publish our meetings: meetup.com/hackmiami.

C. J.: Does HackMiami do any work with embedded tech (e.g., embedded security, MCU-based designs, etc)?

Rod: We have done some work with DD-WRT, Plug Servers, Pinapples, Arduino, etc.

C. J.: Tell us about the quadracopter project. When did you build it? How many group members were part of it? Can you tell our readers about some of the parts you used (e.g., MCU, motor controls, etc)?

Rod: This was done in December 2011. There were around five people involved in the project. The idea is in principle to create a network of communicating self resilient UAVs. Here is the list of the parts for the drone. For more information please contact Twitter handle @d1sc0rd1an.

Wrapping up, I mentioned to Rod that we’re always looking for interesting projects to share with the embedded design/programming community. He said HackMiami members likely will be working with Raspberry Pi in the near future. Sounds exciting. We can’t wait to see what the group develops.

 

Show us your hackerspace! Tell us about your group! Where does your group design, hack, create, program, debug, and innovate? Do you work in a 20′ × 20′ space in an old warehouse? Do you share a small space in a university lab? Do you meet a local coffee shop or bar? What sort of electronics projects do you work on? Submit your hackerspace and we might feature you on our website!