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  • I have recently been having a go at some vinyl cutting. Hack Oldham has a Mutoh cutter. So, what better thing to do than cut some stickers for members to stick on their lap

  • So, we finally have the laser cutter up and running at Hack Oldham, this means I can make a start on my long to-do list of things to make. This began with a pencil box for

  • 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.

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.
The Problem. [caption id="attachment_4603" align="alignright" width="300"]kitte620x300 kittE - Logo Design (always important)[/caption] I work in a mixed discipline development office (electronics, software, mechanical & project). Now everyone knows that the world of development runs on a mixture of ideas, experience and lots and lots of tea and coffee. Software types might favour the buzz of an Espresso, project management types might prefer an organic wheatgermskinnymochachinofrappe or whatever GQ reckons is cool this week, electronics types might go for a nice strong instant coffee of some kind (to clear the solder fumes) and grease monkeys will usually go for a mug of tea (stirred with a screw driver).

[caption id="attachment_4548" align="alignright" width="300"] Mike & the Digital Drop-in[/caption] We had another busy session at this weekends #HackTheLibrary at Oldham Library, with a wide range of activities and people of all backgrounds getting involved. We kicked off the day with the digital drop in, a weekly session...

We got a fantastic present in the space the other day, those nice guys at The Sign Box stopped by with a vinyl cutter that had previously been in use at their workshop but as they now have a bigger and better machine this one was...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...