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.
Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups
Freeside Braniacs - Fun with Neuroscience and Brain-Computer Interfaces
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, August 3 at 3:00 PM
Power Racing Series Build
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, August 10 at 10:00 AM
Freeside Programming Team
Freeside Programming Team is a group about getting together to learn and practice advanced programming techniques with pizza!
Every meetup we go over different advanced programming topics, IE:
Sorting Algorithms, Data Structures, Knapsack Problems, Traveling Salesman, Learning Algorithms, Flow Networks, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and whatever else you might be interested in!
This meetup’s topic is:
Big O Notation and an overview of some algorithm classes.
We will introduce everyone to Big O notation, why it matters, and how to calculate it. Then we will talk about what algorithm classes are out there and what they can do. This should help us map out what topics we will want to cover in future meetups.
2:00 - 2:30 = Introduce a cool programming topic
2:30 - 5:30 = Casual Programming Competition!
5:30 - 6:00 = Review/Present solutions
This meetup is aimed at new/mid level to expert level programmers to help better everyone’s skills.
The programming competition can be done in teams or individually. There will be a set of problems with a full spread of difficulty. The set will also try to help everyone practice the covered topic. Currently we are planning on being able to auto-judge C, C++, Java, Python, and Ruby. (Message us if you have don’t use any of the above and have another language)
We will have a donation can there to help with pizza and to help freeside keep the lights on for events like this. It would be sweet if you could help out.
Sunday, August 10 at 2:00 PM