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May 25, 2009

Howduino Liverpool (A fun filled day of hacking)


Saturday found us in Liverpool hanging out with 30+ (venue limitation) artists, programmers, makers, students, and generally cool people. We were all gathered for the first Howduino event (a day devoted to enlarging the "Internet of Things", and co-opted by makers at large).

The Fun Stuff

Many people brought projects to work on. Some of the neat offerings:

  • A dial bearing plushie panda with glowing eyes (here)
  • An army of brushbots spent the day being artistic (here)
  • A drawbot was made from scratch (here)
  • Our personal favourite which sadly seems to have gone un-photographed, A remote control car twitter race that produced real world representation of search term popularity.
  • Tide monitoring dials.
  • RC Cars being chased by blow dryer's
  • Programmable wavy floors.
  • Fero-fluid tables.
  • Along with many others.

Beyond the projects started worked on or completed the venue was filled with a great buzz with people chatting learning and occasionally soldering. This took the form of RC cars being disembowelled and reprogrammed, chips being tossed around as if they were candy, and grand schemes being hatched (of which the Leeds-Liverpool hacking challenge was one) 

We had a great time and the conclusion was reached that the world needs more Howduino, so if you'd like to have a day in your area talk to the organizer (@amcewen), rumour has it he is eager to organize more and is seeking venues.

( photo via nikki_pugh on Flickr

May 21, 2009

Where Will You Be On Saturday?


Us? We're off to Howduino in Liverpool, its going to be a fun filled, free, day of physical computing and old school hacking. Although it is free sadly the space in the venue is limited so all the spaces are filled. But fear not, if the grape vine is to be trusted there may be future repeats in Liverpool, and perhaps further afield as well.  

We'll be there hanging out sharing ideas, and showing off some of the stuff we've been working on, (some things that we'll be selling shortly as well as other more whimsical projects). We're excited, and we'll have a full round up of what was gotten up to.

If you're interested in the event check out the website http://www.howduino.com or to keep up with future developments you can follow @howduino on twitter.