Interested in Maker/Do it yourself culture? Then you should check out
Make:PGH, an enthusiast group dedicated to all things DIY. Our second meeting is on Tuesday, April 13th, at Hack Pittsburgh. Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

The full announcement is at:

Announcing: Make:PGH Meeting 2

Hello everyone! We’re excited to announce the second meeting of Make:
PGH, Pittsburgh’s finest group dedicated to all things DIY! We’ve got
some exciting speakers and activities lined up for this event, so join
us on Tuesday, April 13th, and get your Make on! RSVP is requested, but
not required. Here’s what we have scheduled:

Dave Findlay: iPod ‘Easy Button’

Dave Findlay is a cake-loving software developer. He hails from
Aberdeen, Scotland, and resides in Western Pennsylvania with his
wonderful wife and two great kids. He only occasionally refers to
himself in the third person.

Dave will be talking about the iPod remote control that he developed
using an Arduino microcontroller, which has evolved from an ‘easy
button’ into a fully-featured system for controlling your music player!

Eric Singer: LEMUR

Eric Singer is a musician, artist, engineer and programmer and the
Director of LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Robots (a group that
creates robotic musical instruments). He has over 20 years of arts and
multimedia programming, engineering and performance experience. He holds
a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music
Synthesis (Magna Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in
Computer Science from New York University. He has performed and lectured
throughout the world with electronic musical instruments, as well as
touring and recording with many bands on tenor, alto, and baritone
saxes. He is also a founding member of the Brooklyn-based arts combine
The Madagascar Institute, and he has contributed to many of the group’s
spectacular projects in addition to reaching the semi-finals with the
MI-originating team “The Brooklyn Benders” on The Learning Channel’s
‘Junkyard Wars’ television show.

Eric will be talking about his past, present and future projects and
give us the inside scoop on what it takes to build unusual
performance-ready instruments.

Special Activity: Light Graffiti

Like drawing, dancing, and shiny things? Well, you are in luck, because
after the presentations, we will break out the LEDs and try our hands at
creating some light graffiti.

We have enough parts for everyone to build their own LED Throwie to use
in the activity, but if you have any cool glowing things that you would
like to try out, then please bring them! Also, if you have a camera and
tripod that can be set for manual exposure, bring those too. We suggest
glow sticks, road flares, pointer lasers, and lighters (ok, skip the
road flares, we don’t want to burn the place down).

About Make: PGH

So what is this Make:PGH thing all about, you ask? Well, we’re a DIY
enthusiast group that meets monthly to discuss everything from knitting
to 3d printing to designing homebrew space vehicles. Inspired by MAKE
Magazine and enabled by cool open-source technology such as the
Arduino,we are part of a rising number of city groups such as Make:
Philly and Make: NYC. For now, we are planning to meet at Hack
Pittsburgh, your friendly local hackerspace.

The meetings are open to people of all ages, however those under 18 need
to bring a parent or legal guardian. See you Tuesday!

Event Details:

Make:PGH Meeting 2
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7pm – 9pm
1936 5th Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Cost: Freeeeeeeee


~ by cheng on April 9, 2010.

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