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

    This open class will generally repeat every month as an educational outreach of Freeside Atlanta when the classroom is available. Attendance is free. See the official policies of the space for additional details regarding materials, supplies, etc.

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. The intent of this class is to help the individual student learn to use electricity and electronics to make real projects. The limitless variations and possibilities make this an extremely flexible opportunity for makers. You can expect to learn bits of the science and the engineering that make our technology rich environment possible.

    If you are a bit more advanced and have a kit project that is not working or not working the way you expected it to work, bring your device and the documentation and you may be able to pick up some tips or ideas to get your project back on track. Whatever stage your project is in, you may end up with just the thing you need to get back in the game.

    This meetup will be hosted by Wayne Salhany. For information about Wayne, see his LinkedIn profile. http://www.linkedin.c...

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Monday, September 1 at 7:30 PM

    Attending: 18

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/199175782/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    We're opening the space up for some build days for locals building modified Power Wheels cars to compete in the Power Racing Series. An event will be part of Atlanta Maker Faire in October, and there will be some opportunities to race at other regional Mini Maker Faires as well. http://www.powerracin...

    Are you building a car? Bring it down and build it with us in the workshop at Freeside! Want to build a car, but don't know how? Come on down, lend a hand, start or join a team! Total budget for a car is $500, not including the original donor child ride-on, 50% of the fair market value of the batteries in the car when it is racing, and a handful of safety gear, spares, tools and chargers in the pits. Count on a build costing $500 to $1000. We're going to meet every other Sunday to build, and may add additional meetups (days TBD) as Maker Faire gets closer. We may also piggyback onto some Freeside Open House nights to do some low impact work (it's hard to safely weld or operate large equipment with a lot of guests at the space).

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, September 7 at 10:00 AM

    Attending: 2

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/203012042/

  • 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 -
    https://wiki.freeside...

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, September 7 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 9

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/181448262/