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

    The Atlanta Cosplay Meetup is a monthly social 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.

    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: http://goo.gl/we3eWP...

    A donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta is suggested for hosting our event!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 PM

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    http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/229090305/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Brainiacs looks at both the technology of brain-computer interfaces and the biology of how the brain works. We have a variety of biometrics tech including a Neurosky EEG, Emotiv EEG (if you can get it working), eye tracker, and Leap Motion.


    Right now there's the there are two big ongoing projects, though we love it when people want to share their own projects or start a new one! The first project is a homebrew EEG using the TI (ADS 1299? Is that right?) chip. We're also trying to use a Neurosky EEG to control other electronics like LED strips.


    On the biology side, we'll have a short presentation each month about whatever research has caught our eye lately. Anyone is free to request topics or talk about things they found, too.

    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, June 5 at 3:00 PM

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    http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/231288750/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    A survey to collect project interests and availability 

    http://goo.gl/forms/Y...


    We are working on the group project this meeting. Come help us out if you can. No skills are required and it is highly likely that you will learn something.


    This meeting

    • Talk about the project / work on the project

    • We have an I robot based robot to work on and a powered chair to convert into a robot


    Description

    We are going to work on the two robots.

    Things on the immediate todo list:

    Hack powerchair it be controllable from micro-controller.
    Continue to try and get the kinect 2 working.
    Start working on some telepresence software and other fun software.


    This is a group for people to geek out about robots and build them. We will try to talk about something cool going on in robotics and also work on cool group robotics projects.


    Initially we need to find a project to start with. A telepresence robot for the space was suggested. We will see what kind of interests we have when we do a planning meetup.


    Even if you can't make it feel free to join the google group for it.

    https://groups.google...



    Here are the goals of the meetup.

    • Learn about robotics

    • Create robots

    • Create inspiring additions to freeside (Like the infinity portal)

    • Have short timeframes involved in finishing working iterations

    • Under 1.5 Month

    • Projects relatively cheap


    Below are some potential project ideas and some places we can take those robots in software.


    Potential Projects

    Telepresence robot

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Drawing Robot

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Legged robot

    https://www.youtube.c...

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Robot with arm/hand

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Two wheel balancing robot

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Ball balancing robot

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Inflatable robot

    https://www.youtube.c...


    Potential Software Add Ons

    Obstacle avoidance

    Legged robot that learns to walk

    https://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.evolvingai...

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Robot that learns how to perform some action

    https://www.youtube.c...

    Robot really really learns how to do a task - Deep mind’s algorithm open sourced

    https://www.youtube.c...

    https://sites.google....

    http://sodeepdude.blo...


    Tentative Regular Schedule

    30 mins - Present / Watch something informative in robotics

    After - Plan / Build project

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM

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    http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/231288769/