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We hold open evenings every wednesday from 5:30pm till 8:00pm where members and non-members can visit and hang out, work on projects, socialise, and collaborate. Learn more.

Introduction

Hackspaces (also known as makerspaces) are a shared space where artists, designers, makers, hackers, programmers, tinkerers, professionals and hobbyists can work on their projects, share knowledge and collaborate.

We now how a space as of March 2017, we are now in the process of kitting it out with tools to facilitate working on your projects. At the moment, communication is via a mailing list, email, and Chat. If you're at all intrested please join our mailing list and say hi.

If you would like to visit us click here for a map, and check the mailing list for when we are at the space, we recommend contacting us to avoid disapointment.

See what our members have been creating below.

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Raspberry Pi Zero Headless Configuration

Simon Ridley

This guide describes how to configure a Raspberry Pi Zero W without the need of attaching it to a keyboard and monitor. Settings will be configured by editing text files ...

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Wacom Intuos Pro manufacturing fault leads to loss of touch.

Wacom Intuos Pro manufacturing fault leads to loss of touch.

Ilya Titov

I love using my Wacom for work and carry it around on daily basis. Recently the touch stopped working. As the tablet is 3 years old and out of warranty ...

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UAV Project

UAV Project

Mike McRoberts

So as you can probably tell I’ve been a bit busy last few months. However, I’ve been very busy with Arduino related stuff for both Medway Makers and Maidstone Hackspace, ...

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Printing with Cairo GTK3 and python

Printing with Cairo GTK3 and python

Oliver Marks

Figure 1: You can download image used in the example below. Figure 2: You can download image used in the example below. This example uses the gtk3 toolkit the same ...

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Fetch jira summary from JIRA-ID under cursor with emacs

Oliver Marks

The below snippet will grab the JIRA-ID under your cursor and use it to look up the summary and past it next to the JIRA-ID. You need to have org-jira ...

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Radio Controlled LED Sequencer

Radio Controlled LED Sequencer

Mike McRoberts

I just thought I’d show you what I made at Medway Makers on Saturday 2nd April. One of our members, Leonard, has a Radio Controlled Tug Boat (see photo below) ...

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Spectacular VR for Nexus 5

Spectacular VR for Nexus 5

Ilya Titov

This is a quick and easy 3D print that turns a Nexus 5 phone into a VR device, inspired by google cardboard. DIY: STL files on Thingiverse 2x M3 bolts ...

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Run drone test suite from emacs

Oliver Marks

The first function drone-root simply searches for .drone.yml by searching up the file system tree from the current files path. The second function drone-exec runs drone exec and output the ...

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LaserTag Project

LaserTag Project

Mike McRoberts

Along with some other guys from Maidstone Hackspace we have started work on a LaserTag project. I seem to have made the most progress so far and the prototype below ...

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Attiny Arcade keychain game kit

Attiny Arcade keychain game kit

Ilya Titov

All the latest code and pcb files are available on github, go make! If you want to get in touch about the kit please tweet @webboggles, otherwise you might find ...

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GAUPS usage and setup

Oliver Marks

To quite screen hold down CTRL + d then press SHIFT + K and answer Y to exit the screen. Alternatively CTRL + a then type :quit. screen /dev/ttyACM0 115200 ...

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NeoPixel Ring Clock

NeoPixel Ring Clock

Mike McRoberts

I recently bought a 24 LED NeoPixel Ring. These things are great and I would highly recommend you getting one as they are great fun and very easy to use. ...

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Attiny85 UFO Escape Keychain Game

Ilya Titov

UPDATE: assembly instructions I finally had some free time to make something fun and decided to write a new game for the Attiny85 ssd1306 keychain. I reused the sleep, display ...

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Demonstration on how to switch windows with python

Demonstration on how to switch windows with python

Oliver Marks

Figure 1: Window list output I have been experimenting with writing my own launcher app similar to gnome do, one of the things i wanted was to switch windows by ...

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Internet Enabled Heating Controller with Blynk UI

Mike McRoberts

433MHz Radio Controlled Heating Controller with Blynk UI This is a project to control your boiler using a 433MHz radio module. I have used a simple and cheap OOK radio module ...

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Attiny85 Charlieplexed Makerbot Snow Shades

Ilya Titov

I decided to light up the Snow Shades by MakerBot for a party using an Attiny and some LEDs. I mocked up LED position and animation: Then worked out the ...

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Blogging with org mode and nikola

Oliver Marks

Below are some tips and technologies used to write and deploy this blog. Getting started To get started creating your blog first install nikola with pip or use the docker ...

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Arduboy Jet Pac clone

Mike McRoberts

If you’ve not heard of the ArduBoy, it is a credit card sized game machine based on the Gameboy. However, it has an 8-bit microcontroller in it (The Arduino Pro ...

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Loading CSV markers data into Google Maps API

Ilya Titov

Here is a nifty solution designed to populate a google map with geo location markers and infowindow popup boxes. Please enable iframes to view the content First you’ll need to ...

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Auto generated update and rollback database scripts with magit and emacs

Oliver Marks

This code loops over all .sql .pks and .pkb files and merges them into the current buffer, it currently need to be run from the projects root. Magit has some ...

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Award Winning Pi Wars Robot

Mike McRoberts

Back in April, myself and our Pi Wars robot team, led by Ian Wilkinson, participated in the Pi Wars Robot challenge at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory. Although we had planned ...

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Blue Screen of Death Caused by Wacom Driver

Ilya Titov

So if you get a blue screen of death when using a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet on your desktop, the Wacom driver may be to blame. The error message reads ...

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Building a sumo robot ring

Oliver Marks

We have decided to build some sumo robot at the hackspace, so i decided to take up this challenge here are some pictures from the build. Problems Attempting to cut ...

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New Robot

Mike McRoberts

So I’ve decided to mess around with Raspberry Pi controlled robots so that a) I can learn more about programming in Python and b) So I can assist the Pi ...

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Virtual Tour Online Embedder

Ilya Titov

Please enable iframes to view content. There are plenty of ways to use your equirectangular panoramas online. The main downside of the programs offering this functionality is the fiddly time ...

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The Big Late Pi Wars Write Up

Mike McRoberts

So, it’s been 5 months since Pi Wars 2018 and I have not made any blog posts at all. Why is that? Did we fail so miserably that I was ...

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Restoring an old myford ml8 lathe

Oliver Marks

Recently i was given an old Myford ML8 lathe which was working but very rusty, i have never really tried dismantling and rebuild this type of machine before so this ...

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Hover compatibility of dropdown menus on touch devices.

Ilya Titov

I’ve seen different attempts to make the dropdown menus work intuitively on touch devices and while some are trying to utilise the double tap (not the best as this triggers ...

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RetroPie Arcade Cabinet Build

Mike McRoberts

For years i’ve been wanting to own my very own arcade game cabinet, like Space Invaders, Pacman and so on. However, these things cost a small fortune and not only ...

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NFC MODULE V3 Raspberry pi

Oliver Marks

The below guide is to setup a pn532 nfc reader on a raspberry pi. First up make surer the PN532 is setup in UART mode, and connect to the pi ...

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Use Wacom tablet’s buttons to streamline your workflow

Ilya Titov

Design software is becoming more functional and sophisticated but as far as productivity goes — us humans still have to press the buttons to make stuff happen. Don’t get me ...

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