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

    Freeside Atlanta is a Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check out the space, chat with members of the organization, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, get tours of the space, and check out the cool stuff around the space.

    You can get the gate code by emailing no-reply@freesideatlanta.org with the subject gatecode

    You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour page on Meetup.

    Directions -

    The Space is in the Metropolitan Warehouse complex on Metropolitan Pkwy near Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, and you can do one of two things to get to it after entering the gates of the complex -

    1 - Take a right after entering the gate, then your first left, which is the back side of the complex

    2 - To get to the front door, take the first right shown on the map. To get to the auto bay doors, take the second right shown and drive around to the back side of the complex.

    Overview of the warehouse complex directions found on our wiki.

    Street View of the front entrance.

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at hello@freesideatlanta.org.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 PM

    Attending: 16

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/216377422/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    This class is designed as a 3D printing 101 for anyone who has never used a 3D printer or seen a 3D printer operate first hand. If you are curious about the technology and want to learn how to use one, or if you are planning on purchasing your own 3D printer and want to see one before taking the plunge, then this class is for you!

    The class will be approximately 2 hours of lecture and hands on demonstration - we will not be spending time going over the history of 3D printing or how to build one from scratch. This class is designed to jump right into learning to actually use a 3D printer for those with no experience using them.

    This class will go through several topics regarding the basics of using a 3D printer, including:

    - An overview of the mechanics of how 3D printers actually work
    - Using the 3D printing software tool chain
    - Printing your very first 3D object!

    We will be using Freeside Atlanta's two 3D printers, the LulzBot AO-100 and "The Kraken", to demonstrate using different types of machines and outcomes when printing the same object.

    After the class, Freeside members will then be able to schedule up to an hour of one-on-one time with an instructor to supervise and assist them with their first 3D printing project, and receive sign-off to use the 3D printers.

    Not yet a member of Freeside? You can still take this class to learn the basics of 3D printer operation, all about how our 3D printers works, and you may have an opportunity to operate the 3D printer when participating in a public project in the future. You also won't have to wait for another session after becoming a member to be on the approved 3D printer users list.

    Price: $30 non-member/ $24 dues paying Freeside member

    Materials: Class demonstration materials included

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, December 6 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 10

    Fee: Price: USD 30.00 per person

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/218805604/

  • 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, December 7 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 6

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/218812789/