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Quelab
680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 750-4522
info@quelab.net

 

Quelab is Albuquerque’s hackerspace.  Our mission is to foster and sustain an environment that promotes creativity, invention, and collaboration at the intersections of science, culture, art and technology. We support people inventing, learning, tinkering, and conducting citizen science.

We host two open nights a week where we open our doors to the public for tours and tinkering, held on Sundays and Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. (like an open house,  but more hands-on)

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Generally, we hold our General Meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Some of you might be aware that there is a popular gridiron sports event being televised on this day in February.   Traditionally this has not caused any changes in Quelab’s schedule,  but we are trying something different, both out of sensitivity to the needs of our members who are part of the sportsball community and to those members who have alternative celebrations scheduled.

February’s General Meeting is being held one week later, on Sunday the 8th. Safety training will be discussed at this meeting, so we’d like as many people to be able to attend as possible. Quelab members and interested non-members are all welcome to attend. Please come!

Pre-meeting potluck and socializing starts at 4 PM, and the meeting will start at 5:05 PM.  See you then!
 

 

First of all, I’d like to give a big “Thank You” to every member who attended or sent in a proxy ballot!

The results of last night’s elections for the Quelab Board of Directors are in!

New board members Jezzri Cochrane and Lissa Knudsen join returning board members Adric Menning and Geoff Nicholson. They join Addie Fryweaver, Cameron Goble, and Charel Morris in making up our board.

Congratulations new board members, and thank you all board members for your work on the betterment and continuation of Quelab. If you have any questions or problems on anything they can help with please contact one or more of them.

For anyone else who would like to be of service to Quelab, we always have room for more volunteers!

 

 

Quelab has held the first of our two Build Nights with MakeyMakey! We got people introduced to the MakeyMakey unit, learned how to hook them up, and about how the 11 keyboard inputs and 6 mouse inputs could be used.

Next week on Wednesday January 28th from 7pm-9pm Quelab is having another build night so bring your ideas and things to try!

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On Sunday morning in January 2015, a member’s project finally took flight from Quelab, and caused a bit of a stir. Gonner was test-flying his solar balloon, and it managed to get away from him. The tetrahedral contraption (known as a Tetroon) broke free and floated free in the skies above Albuquerque, prompting local residents and a news-team to call the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. KOAT-7 (ABC) came by to interview the creator, and put the story on the 5pm and 10pm news on 18 January. Click here for the News coverage (apparently, the 10pm coverage included a leader about UFOs in Albuquerque over the years).


Click through for photos, videos, and more history about the Tetroon projects!

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I have always been into affordable entertainment and gadgetry.   So when I finally found a source to buy a Google Cardboard, (a fancy name for a box you wrap around your smartphone to turn it into a Virtual reality viewer),  I jumped at the chance.  (one of our members had already lasercut one but the tricky part was finding strong enough lenses.  figured id buy one, and then work my way around to finding ways to duplicate it. )
Its funny I knew exactly what it was physically, and was prepared to have some fun with it.  But I must say my first 15-20min experience with the default app google put out first,   It blew away all my expectations.   Sure the cardboard rig was clumsy,  the magnet switch was finicky,  the pupulary distance was not quite right, and my big head and mismatched perscription eyes were less than ideal for it.  but it was just a toe in the water.  I could always modify(cut, tape, shape) the cardboard,  or even lasercut my own wide enough to fit my face, (which I later did). but even withh all its warts, it was a very fun, “You gotta try this”  thing.    I love watching people when they realize they can actually look around, or fly around,  or see the world with interesting camera effects.

But what amused me the most about google cardboard is, its really just a stereo-viewer,  These things have been around since the 1800’s    and those
view masters disks,  full of Disneyland I remember so well (much better than actually visiting at age 5).   But with the update of  Accelerometer/gyroscope, and real time image rendering.  (these contraptions we call smartphones are amazing bits of tech we take for granted every day).   So from day 2, i decided i needed to retrofit Google Cardboard, into a classic stereo viewer. So i tracked down a small pocket travel stereo photo viewer and out of junk cobbled together a phone holder for it.
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This was fun, and I liked it, but wanted to go back even older,  so i kept hunting for an older wooden stick style of Stereoviewer/Stereoscope
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Holmes stereoscope” by User Davepape on en.wikipedia – Photo by Davepape. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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Greetings Spacers, and a preemptive Happy New Year! Quelab has had a wonderful 2014, and the time has come to finish our annual planning process to set the direction of Quelab for the coming year. Come join us on Sunday 4 January 2015 at 5:05PM to sort through all the ideas which were put on cards the at the last meeting. Potluck to precede the meeting at 4:00PM. (agenda link here)

There will also be a separate meeting for the Election for the Board of Directors on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 7:00PM. This is a quick members-only meeting, but it is important, because a quorum of 60% of members is required for the vote to count. Members who are in good standing1 as of 17 January will be emailed a proxy ballot; you can either cast your ballot in person at the election, or return the ballot physically before the meeting.

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One of the many things I’ve always dreamed of Quelab being, is a place various clubs and organizations which are inline with the interests of Quelab and the member interests could meet at.    Aside from the now semi defunct 2600 meeting’s this has not been realized as well as I hoped.  But the idea was kicked off in grand fashion by the visit of the New Mexico Radio Collectors Club (NMRCC) A dedicated group of collectors and restorers and repairs of everything from vintage console radios,  to the tabletop tombstone ones,  all the way down to pocket transistor, and some members are into the HAM aspects too.

The club held its annual potluck, swapmeet, meeting,  Show and tell, and club auction,  there were some beautiful radios.    They also had an AM transmitter connected to a XM radio playing classic 1920’s-1940’s tunes, for one of the restored console radios.

I snapped some photos of the meeting  There was actually a lot more cool stuff I never got around to snapping.
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More can be seen here on our flickr feed.

 

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Here at Quelab,

we’re pretty stoked to have

such an AMAZING group of people

all gathered together in the name of Make.

You know?

By the way, YOU make Quelab awesome and we want you to know we appreciate that.

So we decided to throw YOU a party, you Quelabber, you,

to say thank you and to celebrate maker-ness.

Please Join us for….

(an enthusiastic drum roll, please!)

TECHMAS 2014!!!!

 

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Questions? Comments? Email events@quelab.net.

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Our December Potluck is fast approaching; 7 December 2014 at 4:30PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

This is the first-part of our annual planning meeting, where we brainstorm all the things we’ve done in the past year which were awesome, the things we could have done better, and the things we want to do again. Then we move on to new things we would like to do in the coming year. The January Meeting is where we prioritize all the things we discussed so the board has a focus for the coming year.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

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