Build | Fix | Re-use

October 2015

Huge South African Made 3D Printer

Meet Hans Fouche, South Africa’s very own “King Of Makers” as dubbed by an article by Popular Mechanics SA. His Linkedin summary describes him as an Inventor and Engineer, that is fascinated with Rapid Prototyping, that have evolved into 3D Printing. His first “Rapid Prototyping” machine was build while he was Chief Aerodynamicist for the Brabham Formula One team 1990, to help him to build more models to test in the

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Inside The Garage, Microsoft’s Giant MakerSpace

Imagine you had a space at your work where you could go during your free time to design and construct personal projects, all with company resources. If you work for Microsoft on its Redmond campus, that is actually a reality. Over the last couple of years, Microsoft has been on a campaign to change the company’s internal way of thinking, and with that came a change in how the company operates

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Hyper-local Weather Dashboard with RaspBerry Pi

InitialState posted a great multipart tutorial about building what he calls a “Hyper-local Weather Dashboard.” In plain language, he created a Raspberry Pi-based web page that fuses weather data from Wunderground along with locally sensed weather data.   The tutorial has thee parts. The first part covers reading data from Wunderground using their developer’s API (you’ll need an API key; a free one is good for 500 queries a day).

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Android App Perch Turns Your Phone Into A Home Security Camera

Perch isn’t the only app that does this, but it looks like the most user-friendly on the Play Store at the moment. Install Perch on one of your spare phones or tablets, point it towards whatever you want to monitor, like the front door or a baby crib, then log into You can see a live video feed from your phone’s camera and set up some smart settings, specifically

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Java South Africa`s inaugural Conference will be hosted in Cape Town

One of the most popular programming languages in the world is getting its own conference thanks to Java South Africa. The inaugural “I Code Java Conference” will be taking place in Cape Town and invites anyone willing to part with their debug consoles to come and train, as well as connect with their fellow developers. The two days will be filled with practicals as well as talks from experts. Indran Naick; CTO for

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Arduino Coding Level 1 Workshop 27 October

To get the most out of Arduino, you have to understand the flow of a program’s code. Think of it as structuring and formatting an essay, but the essay interacts with the world and does cool stuff! Join Curiosity Campus and instructor Richard Gurwitz for this special session and you will learn about: Flow Diagrams Basic Operators and arithmetic If Statements While Loops Do While loops For loops The difference between Local vs Global

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FPGAS For The Raspberry Pi

FPGA development has advanced dramatically in the last year, and this is entirely due to an open-source toolchain for Lattice’s iCE40 FPGA. Last spring, the bitstream for this FPGA was reverse engineered and a toolchain made available for anything that can run Linux, including a Raspberry Pi. [Dave] from Xess thought it was high time for a Raspberry Pi FPGA board. With the help of this open-source toolchain, he can

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Arduino DIY Budget Photo Booth

Here is how you can build your own DIY Budget Photo booth with DSLR, Tablet and Arduino by Team Z over at instructables.   Step 1: Materials DSLR: We used a Canon 600D Tablet The App Shuttersnitch External Flash Wi-Fi SD card – We use one from transcend because it works fine and is even cheaper than a Eye – Fi – card Red Button A

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Engineer Builds Thor’s Hammer Using Arduino and Magnets

In Marvel comics, Thor’s legendary hammer Mjolnir is famous for being able to be wielded only by the worthy. For the unworthy, i.e., literally everyone except Thor and the odd someone else from time to time (a handy loophole for writers), Mjolnir simply cannot be lifted off the ground. It is this property that electrical engineer Allen Pan, aka Sufficiently Advanced on YouTube,decided to replicate in his very own take on

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Join The Drone Academy at Curiosity Campus

Curiosity Campus is excited to announce our very first Drone Academy. Students will assemble their very own racing drone, learn how it works and then finally learn to fly it like a pro. (The drone is yours to keep, by the way!)   MIT graduate and drone entrepeneur James Paterson of Aerobotics will be teaching the four-part course at Curiosity Campus HQ in Cape Town from 21 July to 1

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