One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    We are building Colonial Marines and Xenos from the Aliens franchise! Our goal will be to complete this costume build for MomoCon 2015, an Atlanta cosplay convention held May 28th.

    Are you an experienced prop or costume builder, or are you a novice wanting first had experience working on a large project? Come join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup for a group costume build!

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our last build and planning session! Things went very well and this project is going to hit the ground running. If you are planning on attending, please try to arrive as early as possible as we will be beginning building at noon. This build session should last 3-4 hours but may go on later in the day dependent on interest and tasks to finish.

    At this build session we will look at the following tasks:

    • Use Pepakura and CAD software to laser cut cardboard, acrylic, and foam
    • Use 3D modeling and 3D printing software to create prop pieces
    • Begin to fiberglass cardboard (time permitting)
    • Begin to cleanup and assemble 3D printed prop pieces (time permitting)

    The following items need to be purchased - if you will be buying one of these items, please leave a comment so we can remove it from the list!

    • Fiberglass resin
    • 1" to 2" chip brushes
    • Bondo body filler
    • Acetone
    • High fill spray primer
    • Small craft paint brushes

    We also could use an extra photographer documenting our progress.

    Snacks and drinks provided (but feel free to BYO!), with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta for hosting the event.

    Join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup here on Facebook: https://www.facebook....

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, February 1 at 12:00 PM

    Attending: 8


  • Freeside Atlanta

    We haven't had a meeting in a while, but several of us who are interested in this stuff and are also Freeside members have been working on the next phase of this Meetup - We're building an open biometrics lab to keep at Freeside and build experiments and projects with.

    The main components that we're currently working on implementing are:

    • Neurosky EEG to Arduino interface.

    • Neurosky to Raspberry Pi interface.

    • Biometrics array research (skin galvanometers, EMGs, eye trackers, and other advanced interfaces)

    • Analysis and archival libraries (Python mostly, for now)

    • OpenVibe research and exploration

    We hope to use this toolkit to build amazing projects and conduct research. We've already had one successful gaze tracking study and Randall has his ongoing sleep study. But we'd like to do LED lighting using EEGs or make a mind-controlled Tesla Coil. It would be cool to pair EEGs with other different interfaces, so we can do gaze tracking and infer levels of concentration, focus, and surprise from EEG data. Or we could use two EEGs and study different kinds or interaction or competition. Mental tug-of-war, anyone?!

    We can do basically any project like this if we can finish the different interfaces needed to do analysis and hardware control with these devices.

    If you'd like to pitch in on the effort and/or add an interface that you'd like to incorporate (Google Glass, Android, DMX controller, etc...) then this Meetup is for you. These meetings will lean a little closer to a work day until we start finishing pieces of the lab. It'll still be a lot of fun and folks that help to build it will have first access to start building AMAZING projects. We're pretty excited!

    You can join our Google group here.

    Directions to the space for first-timers are here -

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 16


  • Freeside Atlanta

    The Atlanta Cosplay Meetup is a bi-monthly-ish event hosted at Freeside Atlanta, aiming to bring together local Atlanta area costume builders, makers, prop designers, and cosplayers. Whether you are an experienced builder or cosplayer, or you've been interested but never done it before, everyone is welcome to attend! Bring your favorite creation or your current WIP to show off, or just come to meet and network with other builders and costumers in the area.

    This week we will be doing a Show & Tell and an Open Build Night! Have something you finished up and want to show it off? Or have something you need a hand completing? Bring it in and show it to the group!

    Don't have anything to work on? Not a problem - we have our big group project, the Colonial Marines and Xenos from the Aliens franchise, which we could always use a hand with! Or feel free to bring a camera and take some photos, or bring some beer and talk shop with other builders.

    As always, feel free to bring any of your props or costumes you have built before to show off to other builders. Or maybe you have a current project that you are stumped on and aren't sure how to finish it off.

    Join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup here on Facebook: https://www.facebook....

    In order to enter The Metropolitan complex where Freeside is located, you will need a gate code. You can get the code by filling out this form:

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 PM

    Attending: 5