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Hardware Hacking 101 (with Arduino)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)
Santa Monica, CA
Yes, we know it’s terribly exciting every time a new photo-sharing app hits the market, but this is also a seriously exciting time for people who want to build electronics projects that exist in the physical world.
With the advent of 3-D printing, “maker” culture and open-source electronics, it’s never been easier for a novice to capitalize on the opportunities ripe for the plugging in the world of electronics hacking.
Cross Campus invites you to take your first step into that world with an intro class on Arduino -- an open-source electronics prototyping platform used to create interactive objects or environments. (Think giant LED sculptures; homeless key entry systems; or a contraption that blasts annoying music back at loud neighbors.)
Over the course of an afternoon you'll learn the basics of soldering, LED circuitry, and coding with Arduino. At the end of the day you’ll walk out with a 64-LED array, the knowledge of how to control it, and the skills necessary to start carrying out your own physical-electronics hacking projects.
Ticket includes all necessary materials -- including Arduino board, light board, LEDs, etc.
Requirements: A laptop (no tech/programming skills required)
Max class size: 20 attendees
Richard Whitney (http://gra.in/)
Richard “Dick” Whitney has worked for NASA, created UIs for Samsung, built a multitouch table for Schlumberger, and headed the R&D group at Idealab. He has experience in interactive art, solar tech, 3D printing, tangible user interfaces, energy storage, thermal atrial fibrillation reversion, low-cost CNC, health monitoring, DFM/DFA, and more. Dick is a former members of the SynnLabs interactive art-and-technology collective, which produced the Rube Goldberg-style contraption featured in the OK Go music video "This Too Shall Pass".
Eliot Phillips (http://robotskirts.com/)
Also a former members of the SynnLabs interactive art-and-technology collective, Eliot has made his career covering bleeding edge technology as a professional blogger. He's a former Engadget contributor, and his work as head editor helped turn Hack a Day into the best source for hardware hacking news. He has a formal background in mechanical engineering, combined with a passion for computers and electrical engineering. Add that to a huge knowledge base of what's possible and you've got someone who knows how to take interactive art to the next level...usually without it catching fire.
Bonus Talk: Avidan Ross on the Future-Now Cool of Physical Hacking
About the Speaker: Avidan Ross is a hardware hacker and investor. While studying computer science at Columbia University, his infatuation with connected devices began by using x-10 wireless controllers to automate his dorm room. His passion for the "internet of things" continued as the CTO of a private equity investment firm, and eventually as founder of Lion Wells Capital, an early stage venture group. His dorm room inspirations continue to this day, as he builds arduino and raspberryPi-controlled backyard cooking machines (ask him about his tweeting bbq smoker, or his 60-second arduino pizza oven).
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