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Introduction

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

Our space is kitted out with tools to facilitate working on your projects. You can contact via a mailing list, email, and Chat. If you're intrested please join our mailing list and come say hey.

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 disappointment.

See what our members have been creating below.

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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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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PiWars 2019 - Optical Flow

PiWars 2019 - Optical Flow

Maidstone Hackspace

Monday was one of *those* days. ### Optical Flow Mike and I discussed an issue which plagued us last year - motion feedback. We had absolutely no way of getting …

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Tracking planes from your laptop (ADS-B)

Tracking planes from your laptop (ADS-B)

James Leighton

My local hackspace recently acquired SDR dongle for us to use, and since I’ve been wanting to have a play around with Software Defined Radios I spent an evening learning …

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Giant RGB LED Display

Mike McRoberts

I’ve been working on a giant RGB LED Display recently. The video above shows you some test animations running through the display. Currently the display is 25 x 17 in …

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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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PiWars 2019 - Disappointment

PiWars 2019 - Disappointment

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Well ... we didn't get a guaranteed place in [PiWars 2019](https://piwars.org/2019-competition/). This is obviously a bitter blow. We have been offered a reserve place in case teams drop out. Clearly …

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Migrating Pelican To Jekyll

Migrating Pelican To Jekyll

James Leighton

Pelican and Jekyll both use markdown formatting for their posts, but their post metadata (front matter in Jekyll parlance) formatting is slightly different. I have over 150 posts to migrate, …

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What Is On My Desk #1

Mike McRoberts

What is on my desk this week? Let’s find out…

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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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Getting Back Into Python

Getting Back Into Python

James Leighton

I had a realisation this week that I should spend more time outside of work doing things to improve myself. I’m on track with my diet (mostly), I’m trying to …

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PiWars 2019 - The Wheels

PiWars 2019 - The Wheels

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So ... The plan today was to download a design for a Mecanum wheel, tweek it, and then print it. Unfortunately: > "The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men Gang …

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Environmental Monitoring Station + ESP32 + Raspberry Pi + InfluxDB + Grafana

Environmental Monitoring Station + ESP32 + Raspberry Pi + InfluxDB + Grafana

Mike McRoberts

So, over the last few months I have been curious as to the levels of pollution during my commute to work. I have to drive from the countryside of Kent …

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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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Time Tracking With Tasker

Time Tracking With Tasker

James Leighton

I listen to the podcast Cortex when I’m driving, and they got me interesting in looking up time tracking and how maybe this would benefit me. I already use Rescuetime …

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PiWars 2019 - The Chassis

PiWars 2019 - The Chassis

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# Design Meeting Today was our second PiWars 2019 meeting. It was very well attended, so well attended that I didn't have enough work to distribute today. Thankfully discussion lead …

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RetroPie Arcade Cabinet Build

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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Attiny85 Charlieplexed Makerbot Snow Shades

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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Removing Duplicate Scrobbles On Last Fm

Removing Duplicate Scrobbles On Last Fm

James Leighton

So, my last.fm account/spotify went mental last week and logged a single song 1000 times in a row. Since Last.fm is currently in the throes of dying and removing every …

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PiWars 2019 ... In The Beginning

PiWars 2019 ... In The Beginning

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# PiWars 2019 Yesterday we held our first PiWars 2019 meeting. Many many things were discussed including our past performances at PiWars 2017 and 2018, some of the problems we …

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The Big Late Pi Wars Write Up

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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Loading CSV markers data into Google Maps API

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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Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox

Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox

James Leighton

Goal: To create a simple to use office based music jukebox that everyone can use and no-one can take overall control of. Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox

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New Robot

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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Major Changes!

Major Changes!

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### A lot is changing for our Hackspace this week. ## Moving Rooms We have just this week changed rooms - we're still in the same location, at the Community …

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Crunchbang Linux

Crunchbang Linux

James Leighton

I’ve made space on my PC this week for Linux, in particular Crunchbang. I still dual boot into Windows for games, and currently for Skype as it doesn’t seem to …

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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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Award Winning Pi Wars Robot

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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Teamwork makes the dream work

Teamwork makes the dream work

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# PiWars: We are very pleased to announce that we have been accepted for a second year running, into the Pi Wars Raspberry Pi robotics competition for April 2018. The …

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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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Arduboy Jet Pac clone

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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It's PiWars Time!

It's PiWars Time!

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Well PiWars is upon us (as the robot was when it tried to mount a box in testing) We can do no more. Parts of the robot work, parts do …

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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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Internet Enabled Heating Controller with Blynk UI

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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Starting to come together

Starting to come together

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After many hours of printing, assembly, disassembly, reassembly, and general hard work we now have a robot. We have had some teething issues. The combination of the motors and the …

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Use Wacom tablet’s buttons to streamline your workflow

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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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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Building the base

Building the base

Maidstone Hackspace

Hi I'm Ian's daughter and I'm nearly 9 years old. I enjoyed screwing the robot together, it was so much fun! But it too a very long time. There were …

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3D Printing

3D Printing

Maidstone Hackspace

As a Hackspace without a space (although since beginning the PiWars project we have located a space and will hopefully be moving in at the start of March), our options …

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Parts and experiments

Parts and experiments

Maidstone Hackspace

The days to PiWars keep on reducing and decisions must be made. Which motors to select, heavy fast, heavy powerful, or the smaller lighter less powerful motors... Well, testing has …

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PiWars Planning

PiWars Planning

Maidstone Hackspace

## Choices, Choices! How to design a robot when starting from a blank page? Do we have tracks or wheels? Do we have 2 wheels, 4 wheels, or 6? How …

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The Journey to PiWars 2017

The Journey to PiWars 2017

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## PiWars The competition that every self-respecting Raspberry Pi robotics enthusiast wants to attend. The objective - Build a robot, controlled by a Raspberry Pi, that must complete several challenges. …

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