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  • Sometimes we get thrown a curve ball during Digital Drop In.

  • We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the Action Together – Quality in Action Award. Action Together are a local organisation that supports comm

  • To finish my router I needed to make the Z axis. Here you can see the linear bearings and the ball nut mount on top, with the Kress router mount below. I had already ordere

  • I have been continuing work on my DIY CNC router this week by starting on the Y axis. This moves along the linear rails at the top and bottom of the Y gantry: The Y axis ne

  • Oldham Economy and Skills Partnership – A Digital Perspective When our new mayor, Andy Burnham, held his digital summit back in July, I was thrilled to see my digital colle

  • I sometimes have the need to make many surface mount printed circuit boards. Typically these take me about 30 minutes per board to make manually with a soldering iron.  I h

  • Hopefully you’ve seen the digital signage in the HackSpace window. I hope you agree, it looks quite good. All for under £10 (initially) plus some bits we had lying around.

  • I’ve been trying to optimise the way I make Milestag sensor domes. These are electronic sensors that receive infra red light and convert this into a stream of binary

  • So seeing as Fitbit bought Pebble, and development is going to end on the Pebble platform, everyone is selling off their stock of Pebbles cheap. And I love a bargain. So I

At Hack Oldham we’re always happy to have a go at unusual projects, particularly when they benefit other community groups. So when Oldham Theatre Workshop asked us to make a bicycle rickshaw used in one of their street theatre productions look spectacular, we jumped at the chance.
Want to do a quick hack? It might be a little more than 10 minutes, but not a whole lot. 10 Minute Hacks are simple, quick and easy. You should be able to build one with the sort of tools a hardware hacker is likely to have lying around or can get access to at a Hack Space and you should be able to buy the bits locally without resorting to the web (Craft Shops, Maplin, DIY stores, that sort of thing).

On Saturday the 30th of April we had the pleasure of a visit from Mitch Altman, and Jimmy Rodgers to the space, where Mitch delivered is Soldering is Easy workshop to a crown of both hackspace members and first time visitors. [caption id="attachment_4684" align="alignright" width="300"] Mitch and...

The robots are coming to Oldham, our plan is to operate a series of robotic tournaments to see who can create the best robot, each of the challenges below will have its own league table in addition to an overall league table. Challenges include. Maze navigation ...

That's a confusing title. What's a BBC micro:bit? Why are people from HackOldham being referred to as experts by otherwise responsible adults? Is STEMnet that thing from Terminator? What's a museum? All, and more, shall be revealed.

With the design finalised, and cash save up I spent £75 on the X bed for my CNC router. This  is a 15mm thick plate of aluminium that is 350mm x 600mm square. I needed to drill holes to fit the linear bearings that make up...

About 2 years ago, I decided that I'd like to try my hand at CNC routing. There are loads of Chinese made routers available on Ebay, but I wanted something a bit more capable. e.g. Able to machine aluminium. I started my design using the excellent PTC Creo...

You can read the first part of this blog here, and the second part here. Research (or mucking about with stuff) The first job was to buy a Pi screen and fingerprint scanner. I already had a Pi kicking around looking bored. A quick session on the interweb saw me securing a screen from Pimoroni and GT-511C3 finger print scanner from Proto-Pic. The Finger Print Scanner is ideal. It is a self-contained unit that stores the fingerprint templates locally, all you need to do is ask it for the unique ID of the finger print on the scanner. This can then be cross referenced to a person. It connects via a serial connection (0-3.3V rather than 0-12V of standard RS-232) which is ideal for connecting to a Pi or Arduino UART. There was a cheaper version but that could only store 20 fingerprints, this model can store 200, which is more than we should ever need. The only problem was there were none in stock, but that was OK because Proto-Pic said they could get more stock within a week. 
You can read part 1 of this post here. The Solution The existing solution, which less we forget has worked for many years, requires users to remember a unique ID number and enter this along with the codes for the products they’ve used. How can we make this better? Well there are many options available for a better input method. Rather than remember a unique ID it would be better to use some kind of sensor to detect something unique about the user. This could be something issued to the user like an RF-ID card or tag, like the London Underground Oyster card or the tags we use to log in at the Maker Space. However it would be cooler to use some form of biometrics as cards and tags are easily left in a drawer, lost or left in a pocket and washed. It’s a damn site harder to leave your eyeball in a draw, and washing your hands is generally a good thing.