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Tool envy -- Shapeoko

I love robots. I love computers. And Im starting to love tools the more I get to try to improve on my n00b skillz. So when I get a chance to see tools and computers together that I can have access to in my own house, garage, or makerspace that I am happily a member of,  I think this may deserve a look as something to add to the space.  

https://www.inventables.com/technologies/cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko

C2000 LED Experimenters KIT

 

So I got this C2000 LED Experimenter's Kit from my Texas Instruments representative.  I have it setup on one of the PCs running the color light demo.  Everyone feel free to mess with it, the documentation is in the box next to the PC.  The kit itself supplies a license for developing on the kit via the USB. The kit includes a Piccolo microcontroller which has dsp functionality.  This may be a useful platform for the sign contol, and they have reference circuits for powering the LEDs.

 

Creating a Bonderman fellowship but for makers to work out of MakeHaven

Ever heard of the Bonderman fellowship?  It's a fellowship that gives 20,000 dollars to a recent graduate with the idea that they go out and explore the world. More details here:  http://depts.washington.edu/bondermn/ I wish I had done something like this after graduation.

Maker Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are cool. Makeathons are cool. Startup Weekends + Makeathon = ???

They had one out at TechShop http://3d.startupweekend.org/ 

I've been talking to some people in the general area that have access to some technical tools and personnell  about doing something like this.

If there was a Maker Startup Weekend, what would you like the focus to be and what would you like to get out of the weekend?