[clug] Make, Hack, Void

Alastair D'Silva alastair at newmillennium.net.au
Tue Jan 11 20:20:19 MST 2011

Hi folks,

I just thought I'd ping the CLUG community and give an update on how Make,
Hack, Void is doing.

The biggest news is we finally have a space (a big workshop in Downer), and
have started taking membership for access. We currently had 17 paid up
members and expect more once we officially open.

We have been meeting fortnightly to talk tech, and have had lots of
interested projects being shown. We have also spawned a side-community, to
build an Umannned Arial Vehicle to enter into the UAV Outback Challenge, the
goal of which is to build a UAV to locate a stranded person and drop a water
bottle to them:

I have had the MHVBoard professionally fabbed, and sold 40something of them.
The MHVBoard is an Arduino clone, based on the Metaboard, with some tweaks
including a bigger microcontroller. It does away with a USB->Serial chip,
and instead has native USB (a hack, done by bitbashing the USB protocol).

MHVlib, the runtime library for AVR devices (including the MHVBoard &
Arduino) has also started gaining momentum, and I have been fleshing it out
with support for a few displays, pin debouncing and a software realtime

Thats all for now - if anyone is interested, a maker "preview" of the space
will be held next Tuesday. Not all the tools will be present, but it is a
good opportunity to see the facilities and meet the rest of the community.


Alastair D'Silva           mob: 0423 762 819
Networking Consultant      fax: 0413 181 661
New Millennium Networking  web: http://www.newmillennium.net.au
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