Projects

Projects which the members have shared


Quelab and the Community Around Us

Cameron Goble has created a wonderful map of the resources and assets within a few miles of Quelab. It’s a great way to find out more about the surrounding community and the things that can be found there such as parks, community centers, restaurants, museums, and civic resources. There are also some suppliers and other useful places that may be a bit further away.

You can find out more about why this map was made, and how it can help Quelab (and you!) engage with the local community on Cameron’s blog, or watch the video below:

 

If you would like to add anything to the asset map, or find out more about making your own asset map, Cameron would like to hear from you.


Hack ALL the Things on March 28

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Quelab is having an open house and everyone’s invited!
March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE

Come join us in celebrating International Open Hackerspace Day, Arduino Day 2015, and Quelab’s own March of the Robots. Quelab members will be demonstrating robots, lasers, and other projects. There will be others in the New Mexico hacker/maker community joining us. You can see M-Lab casting aluminum, CoderDojo Albuquerque will hold a drop-in hackathon for kids, and ABQ Mini Maker Faire will showcase their stuff.

This is a great chance to check out Quelab as well; we have added more tools and equipment since our grand opening, and of course we’ve been hacking more things as well. The latest arrival is our hackable smart fridge from ChillHub for participating in their Crate Hack event.

March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE
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Last-minute Arduino class buyers guide

[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

 

This coming Saturday, we’re having an Arduino class! Some people don’t have an arduino though and didn’t order a kit with their ticket (or found out about it late.) For those of us who are willing to throw some money at the problem, here’s a few options! These are all available with Amazon’s 2-day prime shipping. You can get overnight shipping and, if you’re super desperate some have same-day shipping. (more…)


Solar Tetroon (ST3) Launch Makes Some News

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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Retro Google Cardboard (AKA Google Brass) VR

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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Quelab Hosted the NM Radio Collectors Club December meeting/potluck

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.