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Arduino for Beginners Workshop, Sunday 2nd August 2015

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:
“A nice friendly environment to learn.”
 
“The fact that it was totally new to me and I learnt a lot. The support – friendly and interested and did not make me feel a noob :P”
 
“Loved it! More!”
Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Hack du jour: Powering Europlug wall warts from UK power strips

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I have a few guitar pedals and effects units that came from continental Europe and therefore have a two-pronged “Europlug” for power.

Inspired by power extension cords, I’ve built some adapter cords that solve a couple of problems neatly.

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Repairing an Axon AX 100 guitar-to-MIDI converter (part 2)

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AXON AX-100 Front

So the replacement LCD (a Midas MC21605B6WK-FPTLW) arrived last week, and I headed to the lab to try it out.


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Repairing an Axon AX 100 guitar-to-MIDI converter (part 1)

AXON AX-100 Front

Gareth writes: I’ve wanted a Guitar-to-MIDI converter (a.k.a. a guitar synth) for yonks. In particular, I’ve been looking for an Axon AX 100 unit; they were renowned for the speed and accuracy of the tracking that the proprietary neural network software could achieve. Unfortunately the AX 100 has been out of production for years, and used units are commanding prices in the high hundreds of pounds. However, I recently found a reasonably priced spares-or-repair unit on eBay, so I picked it up.

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Arduino to Next Level Workshop, November 2014

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Photo Peter Jackson – Creative Commons

A one-day Arduino workshop hosted by Edinburgh Hacklab. Following on from Getting Started with Arduino Workshop the workshop assumes some previous knowledge and use of Arduino. If you’ve attended the Arduino workshop at the Hacklab then your ready to continue learning where you left off. Topics covered include:
  • Using a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Saving values between Ardunio power-offs
  • Playing Sounds
  • Controlling Motors/Servos
  • Connecting to a Network
  • Making your project tiny and power efficient
  • And more!
We assume you already have an Arduino to bring with you. We will have Arduinos available to borrow for the day if you left your’s at home or to buy if you want a 2nd one or blew yours up! Electronic components you need for the workshop are provided. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with.

The workshop will take place from 10:30am to about 5:00pm, with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided, Summerhall has a cafe for food or you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Book now!

If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino for Beginners Workshop – Saturday 25th October

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:
“A nice friendly environment to learn.”
 
“The fact that it was totally new to me and I learnt a lot. The support – friendly and interested and did not make me feel a noob :P”
 
“Loved it! More!”
Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino for Beginners Workshop – Saturday 7th June

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator.

This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience.

Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!

If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with.

Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:
“A nice friendly environment to learn.”

“The fact that it was totally new to me and I learnt a lot. The support – friendly and interested and did not make me feel a noob :P”

“Loved it! More!”

Book now!

If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Start 2014 with a Edinburgh Hacklab Workshop

We are repeating the very popular Soldering and Arduino workshops in the new year. Ideal as Christmas presents, especially for those often hard-to-buy-for geeks in your family. No previous knowledge of soldering, electronics or programming is required, we start with the basics and help you to learn at your own pace.

Soldering Workshop

Saturday 11th January 2:30 – 5pm £18/20 [Information & Registration]

Arduino Workshop

Saturday 1st February £35/£40 (+ £20 for Arduino) [Information & Registration] Whilst on the subject of Christmas, Roshenac a graduate from our November Arduino workshop sent us through a link to some Christmas light hacking she did. Check out how it was made in the Instructable

Soldering Workshop – Saturday 16 November

We quite often hear people saying “I’d love to get into electronics but i don’t know how to solder” Although you can do lot of electronics including our Arduino Workshop without needing to solder, it quickly becomes a really handy skill to make you own projects and fix/hack electronics.
Soldering

Photo by Rain Rabbit – Creative Commons

The workshop starts with the absolute basics, showing you the tools you’ll use and demonstrating how to make a solder joint. You’ll then get straight in there soldering your own BlinkStick with help from experienced solderers.   Plug your completed BlinkStick into a computer and make pretty colours! If you would like to do this at the workshop please bring along a laptop. The workshops takes place on Saturday 16 November from 2:30-5pm at Edinburgh Hacklab @ Summerhall and includes a BlinkStick kit (retail price £9.99) and tea/coffee. We welcome younger participants, however for under 16’s we request that a parent/carer is present for the duration of the workshop. Book Now  

Arduino Workshop, 28th September 2013

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. This is the forth running of the workshop with the first three selling-out! Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.