Saturday, 12 September 2015

Meeting 12th September 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky and Arthur.

Basement update.

With the deadline for opening in October getting ever closer, we started work at 10 today and finished at 6.

Washing machine and kitchen sink taken out of the area which will become the private entrance

Floor insulation carried in from storage, ready for going down on the floor 

Insulation down and floor boarding going down on top.

Insulation going down in the private entrance.

One piece of floor boarding left to do.

And the floor boarding is finished!

And it is still a nice sunny day in Blackpool as I head home at 6pm.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Meeting Saturday 5th September 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Ricky, Geoff and Ted.

Basement update

More of the floor is down.
In the background, the opening in the wall will become a separate/private entrance for members to  get in to the basement space.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Meeting 29th August 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Tony, Ted and Ollie.

Our application to the Crafts Council to participate in make-shift-do has been accepted and we are hoping to have our basement space ready for the event in October.

Basement space update

Ted putting plasterboard on over the wall insulation.

Ollie starts 'tanking'  the walls at the other end of the basement.

When Ted  and Tony finished putting the  plasterboard on the wall, all the furniture was moved up to the end of the room where they had been working.

 With more floor space clear and ready for 'tanking' to be applied, we finished for the day.

Update 2

Mike and Ricky spent Bank Holiday Monday finishing off the 'tanking' on the walls and floor. 
Next weekend the floor insulation can be started.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Blackpool LUG&Makerspace meeting 22nd August 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Tony, Les, Martin, Arthur and James.

Basement space update

The shower/washroom/toilet cubical partition wall is in place and has sound insulation behind the plasterboard skin. 
All the copper water pipes are in place and tested for leaks. 
Cabling for mains sockets, lighting and networking are being put into place.
From next week, there is going to be a major push forward in an attempt to make the space usable for the "make:shift:do" event in October, 

More information can be found here:<> and applications can be made via the Crafts Council website or accessed directly here - you must create a Crafts Council log-in to apply.

James demonstrated his new HP Pro stylus 8 Android tablet.

The HP Pro stylus 8 can do a really neat trick.
Use the stylus to write or draw on a standard paper notebook placed next to the screen, and whatever is written/drawn, appears on the screen.
The handwriting recognition is really good as well.

Arthur has built a one armed robot:-
"I have finished the hardware side for a simple one servo Kalman filter testing robot.  It's an inverted pendulum with the accelerometer/gyro at the top of the arm.  I have a second identical robot that just needs the electronics adding, the idea is I'll have one and I'll give the other to Martin and his son to play with.  Once the software is written for it I'll really get into trying to learn the maths."

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Windows 10 IOT core, who/what is it for?

Windows 10 IOT core (internet of things), who/what is it for?

I bought the latest Raspberry Pi to try Windows 10 IOT core, and wrote about it here:-
I was disappointed to say the least.

The following post on Hackaday concludes that Windows 10 IOT is not for makers/hackers.

While Windows 10 IoT Core is great for any company that has a lot of Visual Basic and other engineering debt, it’s not meant for hackers, makers, or anyone building something new"

Windows 10 IoT Core is a beginning, and should be viewed as such. It’s there for those who want it, but for everyone else any one of a dozen Linux distributions will be better.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Meeting - 15th August 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Martin and Tom.

Basement space update:

Work on the rainwater recycling system has started with the installation of a header tank in the loft.
Rainwater will be collected in a tank at ground level, and pumped to the tank in the loft. The loft tank has two feeds and two control systems. A feed from the water main is controlled by a ball cock system, which keeps the tank half full. When rainwater is available, water is pumped up from the ground floor tank, when the tank is filled to capacity a sensor turns off the pump. Mains water only comes into use if no rainwater is available.

Having discussed the water system, we moved on to talk about
solar, wind and water power.
In the UK, we use a lot of energy on heating and lighting during the long winter evenings, when there is no solar power being produced. Could wind power be at least part of the answer, we are on a windy coast, where historically, there have been windmills, some of which are still standing.

What is the best way to harvest and store solar/wind energy?
What is actually cost effective and viable/practical when you take away government supported schemes?
Biomass and wood burning stoves. Have you got a garage to spare to fill up with the required fuel?
Should solar PV tiles be used to roof every new house built?
Is the insulation going into new houses environmentally friendly?
Will water meters push more people to recycle water?

There were far more questions than answers, and in some cases, it is not easy to find out which are the correct answers.

Arthur was at the BBC make it digital display opposite the tower.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Meeting 1st August - Karman filters, robots, programming, rainwater re-use.

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Les, Tony, Arthur, Martin, and Cliff.

Arthur is still pursuing the perfect robot, and continued his discussion with Martin about cleaning up signals using filters, specifically, the Kalman filter.
"Kalman filters also are one of the main topics in the field of robotic motion planning and control,"

This link was suggested as a useful resource on control systems.

By the end of the morning, Arthur started to consider that the mathematics might be too involved for him to fully understand. However, you do not need a maths degree to use systems designed by others, and Martin provided Arthur with some Python code to try.

Les continued to improve his barcode scanning game,
Tony was experimenting with Scratch programming
Ricky spent the morning gaming,

Basement update: 

No pictures this week.
Mike Hull started to plan the layout and implementation of the proposed rain water re-use system, which will use an Arduino as the control system.
Work has been going on outside of the basement in preparation for various ancillary systems including rainwater and waste water re-use.