Hack This

Hack This : 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement

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Join today's new revolution in creativity and community: hackerspaces. Stop letting other people build everything for you: Do it yourself. Explore, grab the tools, get hands-on, get dirty...and create things you never imagined you could. Hack This is your glorious, full-color passport to the world of hackerspaces: your invitation to share knowledge, master tools, work together, build amazing stuff-and have a flat-out blast doing it. Twin Cities Maker co-founder John Baichtal explains it all: what hackerspaces are, how they work, who runs them, what they're building-and how you can join (or start!) one. Next, he walks you through 24 of today's best hackerspace projects...everything from robotic grilled-cheese sandwich-makers to devices that make music with zaps of electricity. Every project's packed with color photos, explanations, lists of resources and tools, and instructions for getting started on your own similar project so you can DIY! JUST SOME OF THE PROJECTS YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT INCLUDE...* Kung-fu fighting robots* Home-brewed Geiger counter* TransAtlantic balloon* Twitter-monitoring Christmas tree* Sandwich-making robot* Interactive Space Invaders mural* CNC mill that carves designs into wood, plastic and metal* Telepresence robot that runs an Internet classroom* Toy cars that are ridden by people* Bronze-melting blast furnace* Laptop-controlled robot fashioned from a wheelchair* DIY book scanner JOHN BAICHTAL is a founding member of Twin Cities Maker, a hackerspace organization that has been collaborating for almost two years. Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Twin ities Maker has its own rented warehouse complete with a welding station, woodshop, classroom, and ham radio transmitter. Baichtal has written dozens of articles, including pieces for AKE, the D&D publication Kobold Quarterly, and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. He has contributed to Wired.com's GeekDad blog for four years and blogged at Make: Online for two, publishing more than 1,500 posts during that time. He is now writing a book about Lego.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0789748975
  • 9780789748973
  • 1,119,467

About John Baichtal

John Baichtal is the founding member of Twin Cities Maker, a hackerspace organization that has been collaborating for almost two years. Twin Cities Maker has its own rented warehouse, the Hack Factory, complete with a welding station, a woodshop, a classroom, and an electronics area. John is currently writing The Cult of Lego, a book about adult Lego builders for No Starch Press. He has written dozens of articles for print, including pieces for MAKE Magazine, Kobold Quarterly (a D&D magazine), and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. He has blogged for Wired.com (GeekDad blog) for four years and Make: Online for a year, with more than 1,000 posts published during that time.
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Table of contents

Foreword 1 Introduction: The Bleeding Edge of the DIY Movement 3 It's All About the Community 3 Hackerspace U 5 The First Wave of Hackerspaces 7 Hackers on a Plane 8 The First Hackers 9 Hackers and Crime 10 Pranks 11 A Love of Community 12 Project 1: Karate Champ Game 15 Hackerspace Profile: The Hack Factory 16 The Hack Factory Space Details 16 The Project 17 Project 2: Sudo Make Me a Sandwich Robot 29 Hackerspace Profile: NYC Resistor 30 Space Details 30 The Project 31 Basic Building Steps 36 Further Reading 37 Project 3: Networked Geiger Counter 39 Hackerspace Profile: Tokyo Hackerspace 40 Tokyo Hackerspace Details 40 The Project 41 Further Reading 48 Project 4: Glass Block LED Matrix 49 Hackerspace Profile: Hive13 50 Space Details 50 The Project 51 Project 5: Bronze-Melting Blast Furnace 57 Hackerspace Profile: Quad City Co-Lab 58 The Project 59 Project 6: Milkymist VJ Console 65 Hackerspace Profile: /tmp/lab 66 Space Details 66 The Project 67 Further Reading 74 Project 7: White Star Trans-Atlantic Balloon 75 Hackerspace Profile: LVL1 76 Space Details 76 The Project 77 Further Reading 87 Project 8: Twitter-Monitoring Christmas Tree 89 Hackerspace Profile: Alpha One Labs 90 Space Details 91 The Project 91 Project 9: Live Wire Go Game 99 Hackerspace Profile: BrmLab (Hackerspace Prague) 100 Notable Equipment 100 Space Details 100 The Project 102 Project 10: Hack Signal 109 Hackerspace Profile: Hack Pittsburgh 110 Space Details 110 The Project 111 Proeject 11: TARDIS Photobooth 119 Hackerspace Profile: Pumping Station: One 120 Space Details 121 The Project 121 Project 12: Interactive Space Invaders Mural 129 Hackerspace Profile: Metalab 130 Space Details 130 The Project 131 Further Reading 138 Project 13: Telepresence Robot 139 Hackerspace Profile: XinCheJian 140 Space Details 140 The Project 141 Further Reading and Viewing 149 Project 14: The Polyplasmic Arcophone ..151 Hackerspace Profile: The Perth Artifactory 152 The Project 153 Project 15: DIY CNC Router 159 Hackerspace Profile: Harford Hackerspace 160 Space Details 161 The Project 161 Building the Model 166 Converting the Model to Toolpaths 166 Further Reading 168 Project 16: LED Matrix Gaming System 169 Hackerspace Profile: Forsknings-avdelningen 170 Space Details 170 The Project 171 Additional Resources 178 Project 17: MAME Cabinet 179 Hackerspace Profile: theTransistor 180 Space Details 180 The Project 182 Project 18: Book Scanner 189 Hackerspace Profile: Ace Monster Toys 190 Space Details 190 The Project 191 Further Reading 198 Project 19: OpenDuino 199 Hackerspace Profile: syn2cat 200 Space Details 200 The Project 202 Further Reading 208 Project 20: Project-a-Sketch 209 Hackerspace Profile: HAC:Manchester 210 Space Details 210 The Project 211 Porject 21: Power Racing Car 217 Hackerspace Profile: Milwaukee Makerspace 218 Space Details 218 The Project 219 Project 22: Party Land Pinball Game 227 Hackerspace Profile: Garoa Hacker Clube 228 Space Details 228 The Project 229 Further Reading 234 Project 23: Store Front Music 235 Hackerspace Profile: Collaborative Research Association of Social Hacktivity 236 Notable Equipment 236 Space Details 236 The Project 238 Further Reading 245 Project 24: Wheelchair Robot 247 Hackerspace Profile: Noisebridge 248 Space Details 248 The Project 250 Conway's Game of Life 255 Additional Resources 257 Do It Yourself 259 Spread the Word 260 Decide on an Organization Type 261 Name Your Group 262 Hold Meetings 263 Create Bylaws and Rules 264 Choose Leaders 265 Raise Money 266 Find a Space 268 Equip the Space 270 Make Improvements 273 Keep It Clean 273 Secure the Space 274 Be Safe 274 Resolve Conflicts 275 Share Everything 275 Recruit New Members .276 Teach Classes 277 Help the Community 277 Now What? 278 Hackerspeak 281
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