A friend of mine has set up this meetup:
In our first meetup, we will try to whirlwind through what is already
do-able and help to motivate you (if you are not already motivated) to
get hacking with space.
The line up will be announced closer to date. Expect info around CubeSAT
and a bit on the wider economy of the space industry!
PS: If you or someone you know would like to present or participate in
our lightening talks for future events, please get in touch at contactme
at citizen inventor dot com. It is the goal of this group to help spread
the love and knowledge on space and environment hacking!
It looks cool so I strongly recommend it!
You might be interested in my project recently launched on Kickstarter,com (short URL http://kck.st/164ObLg ) . It uses a MACHXO2-1200 from Lattice, and includes USB programming logic, so no external programmer is required.
It's a relatively simple board, aimed at beginners, and will be supplied
ready programmed with a I2C driven I/O expander. The associated web site will
include tutorials to explain how to download and use the free Lattice
design tools, as well as giving some simple design examples. By
following these examples, the new FPGA user will be able to gain
confidence and experience by modifying known working VHDL/Verilog code.
The schematic and pcb design is in DesignSpark format, and will be released if the Kickstarter project is fully funded.
Thanks for reading this,
Registration is now open for the June OSHUG meeting, details of which are below.
Event #27 — Boards (Beautifully Functional Circuits, Little Printer)
Thursday 20th June 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 at Centre for Creative
Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG.
Sponsored by SolderPad: http://solderpad.com
At the twenty-seventh meeting there will be a talk on designing
printed circuit boards that are aesthetically pleasing as well as
functional, and a talk on the design and manufacture of the Little
Printer, and the upcoming BERG Cloud dev board.
- Beautifully Functional Circuits
Circuit design is typically thought of as block-based and purely
functional; it doesn't necessarily have to be. Our inherent creativity
as engineers has been dampened by unimaginative and limiting design
tools, that have forced us to "forget" that functional circuits can,
and should, be beautiful too. This talk will explore these limitations
and how we could do better.
Saar Drimer is an experienced hardware engineer. In the past few years
he's been developing tools for effective and efficient hardware
- Little Printer
In 2012 the design and product company BERG launched Little Printer,
their internet-connected thermal printer that prints its own face. It
was the first consumer product that BERG had made, and went on to be
nominated for the 2013 Designs of the Year by the Design Museum.
In this talk we will explore the project's evolution, from prototype
to mass produced product. The talk will cover the way BERG's design
process works, going to China to organise plastic injection moulding,
passing certification and EMC, and many other practical aspects of
making and selling consumer products that connect online.
The talk will also cover a technical overview of the whole stack that
brings Little Printer to life, the extraction and evolution of the
underlying BERG Cloud platform, and the forthcoming developer kits
that open up the platform to anybody.
Nick Ludlam is CTO at BERG, and is responsible for the collective
software development, from the embedded code running inside Little
Printer, the Ruby/Rails-based cloud architecture, and the use of
Amazon Web Services to scale.
Andy Huntington is Hardware Producer & Designer at BERG and is
responsible for all of BERG's physical hardware, from the electronics
and PCBs to the industrial design and manufacturing of Little Printer
itself. He has a background in music and moved through software into
hardware following an Interaction Design MA at the Royal College of
Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start
at 18:30 prompt.