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1 Year Anniversary!

Has it been one year already?! Huzzah!

Come join us for a LVL1 Open Haus on Saturday, July 2nd, to help celebrate all the great things we’ve made this past year. Expect food, libations and lots of things to geek out about! Starts at 7pm. All are welcome!

Margaritas!
Sumobot competition!
Soldering areas with TV-B-Gone and Mintiboost kits!
…and more developing with some surprises to boot!

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Hot and Spicy Fest

With it so cold out side it is time to make it hot and spicy inside.  LVL1 will be throwing a hot a spicy party this Saturday the 21st.  You can think of it as a pot luck for the masochistic.  Whip up (or pick up) your favorite spicy dish and come join fellow capsaicin lovers at this B.Y.O.B. event.

5/21/2011 @ 7pm

LVL1

814 East Broadway

 

Update:

If you are coming, and plan to bring a dish:  Google doc

Urban Chicken Husbandry

With winter showing signs of weakness it is time to look forward to spring.  There are a lot of people in the LVL1 community that have interest in urban agriculture and we plan to offer a few talks and events based around this through out the year.  This season will start out with a talk on keeping chickens in an urban environment.  This talk is meant to give anyone with an interest in keeping chickens a better understanding of what it will take along with the pros and the cons.  This is a free event that is open to the public so come out and meet with interesting people and chickens alike.

Chicken Husbandry

Sunday February the 27th

6PM-7PM

LVL1 Hackerspace

The Apples in Stereo Benefit Concert

Surface Mount Soldering Workshop

Photo Licensed CC-BY-NC-SA, Flickr User atduskgreghttp://www.eventbrite.com/event/1000984973

The LVL1 Hackerspace will be hosting a Surface Mount Soldering

Workshop on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 1 to 5pm.  This
workshop will teach you the basics of soldering surface mount
components with a standard soldering iron, using a standard soldering
iron tip.   You’ll be given the tools required to build your own
surface mount projects, and during the workshop, you’ll work on
assembling your own Open Balloon CPU (A design of LVL1′s own White
Star Balloon Team).  You’ll solder 0805 Resistors and Capacitors, 1206
LEDs, and TQFP Microcontrollers, among others.  You’ll learn about the
packages  which can be hand soldered, and the packages which cannot,
along with the techniques required to assemble a working board.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll walk out with the knowledge and
skills required to build any reasonable surface mount project, along
with your own Open Balloon CPU.  These tools include small-gauge
solder, flux, non-magnetic tweezers, and a magnifying loupe.  The Open
Balloon CPU you’ll be assembling is a VERY general purpose sensor
platform, which can be used for a variety of projects which aren’t
related to Balloons or UAVs whatsoever.  Aside from the form factor of
the PCB, everything about the electronics design is generalized for
whatever development the user sees fit.  We will be outfitting the
Balloon CPU with a temperature sensor and Microcontroller, along with
all the passive components required to burn code onto the chip.  If
desired, workshop attendees may add additional sensors (a Real Time
Clock and/or a Barometer) for additional cost.

If you can read newsprint, and have a reasonably steady hand, you can
solder surface mount components!  We will also be doing demonstrations
of hot-air soldering and hotplate reflow soldering, to provide a small
taste of even more advanced soldering techniques.  We can provide
soldering irons, but if you would prefer to bring your own, feel free.
We also recommend you bring a laptop.  If you’ve got an FTDI cable
and AVR programmer, you can start hacking at your balloon CPU
immediately!

For a preview of the skills we’ll be teaching, watch this Youtube
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NN7UGWYmBY

Note:  If we do not fill at least 12 seats by November 10th, 2010, the
workshop will be cancelled, and all tickets will be refunded.  Sign up
early, and sign up often!  Any questions, feel free to send them to
bradluyster (at) gmail.com

Sign up early, and sign up often!  Seating is limited.  Buy tickets at eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1000984973

Sumobot Tourney Halloween Party

Wishing you had awesome plans for Halloween? Come hang out with local freaks, geeks, hackers, and makers at LVL1′s inaugural sumobot tournament and halloween party starting at 7pm on Friday 10/29. Costumes encouraged.

Teletron Composition @ Louisville Soundbuilders

Video of the Teletron Demonstration. This was performed at the 1st meeting of Louisville Soundbuilders at LVL1.

Score by Robert Schneider (The Apples in stereo). Performed by Robert Beatty (Hair Police) and Robert Schneider, September 20, 2010, at LVL1 Hackerspace (Louisville, Kentucky), using two Moog MG-1 synthesizers with two Teletron mind-control interfaces. Conducted by LVL1 president Chris Cprek (Pax Titania, Nzambi).

From another angle:

Post demonstration Q & A:

LVL1 and White Star Balloons

Good News Everyone!Good news everyone!  LVL1 is going to deliver a box of used balloon gizmos to Europe!  What’s that you say?  Europe has had enough of our crap already?  I think not!

We’ve officially started the LVL1 White Star Trans-Atlantic Balloon Service with one goal: To send a small robotic balloon across the Atlantic Ocean and land somewhere over there on dry land.  No amateur balloon has ever done this.  The farthest amateur flight so far sank just 200 miles short of Ireland – tantalizingly close, but no cigar.

We will be attempting multiple flights to reach this goal, spaced randomly from December of this year to April of next year.  We’ll be doing a short, but high, flight test on October 9th.  This test is to exercise the launch team and raise funds for the 4 to 5 Trans-Atlantic flights we predict will be necessary to refine the system and make it across.  These jet-stream sailing balloons are actually quite complex, and require a few expensive parts.  Still though, each flight of the White Star will be cheaper than most airline seats across the pond!

Come along to our first launch Saturday, Oct 9 at 10am and see the first White Star Balloon take off, dubbed HighBall-1.  Location TBD.  All in LVL1 and the public are invited to participate or spectate as desired.  There will be lots to do, and lots to see over the next few months.    Check our website for more details: WhiteStarBalloon.com and follow WhiteStarBalloon on Twitter and FaceBook for updates.

Now for those technical details that we all love!
To give you an idea of where money would be going, every SpeedBall trans-atlantic flight will cost around $600-700 each:  $100 helium, $300 balloon, $100 telemetry system, $50 GPS, $~100 remaining payload electronics and hardware.

These balloons are small in comparison to anything else that has ever crossed the ocean, but they aren’t small when you’re next to them.  They will be 30-50 feet tall, and be lifting a whopping 12 lbs of payload – a bowling ball’s weight!  We promise not to send a bowling ball to Europe with our name engraved on it though.  Most of that weight will be ballast to drop when the balloon starts to descend from jet-stream cruising altitude (35,000ft).  Software onboard will control the ballast based on GPS and barometric altitude measurements.

We’ll be up there with the jetplanes, so we need to be extra careful that they don’t bump into us.  There will be a constant stream of position reports from us to the 5 North Atlantic Air Traffic Control Centers, in the same format they receive reports from the jet planes.  If we stop hearing position reports from the balloon, that can be dangerous for the jets.  To prevent the balloon from becoming lost, we’ll be sending the balloon a heartbeat ping every few minutes.  If we stop hearing the balloon, we’ll stop sending the heartbeats.   When it misses our heartbeat for more than a few beats, the balloon will rupture and come fluttering gently down from the sky.  Now that’s sexy safety!

More tech info will be discovered upon visiting http://wiki.whitestarballoon.com !

LVL1 Events this Weekend

This weekend is filled with awesome events LVL1 is a part of.

Friday is Actor’s Theatre of Louisville rooftop concert. We are labeled as AWESOMENESS on the flyer. Several members of LVL1 will be showing off projects at the event. There will be bands, art, music and a cash bar on the roof of the Actor’s Theatre parking garage.

Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm we will be hosting Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers for their traveling electronics workshop. Mitch and Jimmie are currently touring Midwest hackerspaces, teaching electronics and soldering to anyone interested *for free*. Mitch is the inventor of the TV-B-Gone, Trip Glasses, a founder of Noisebridge in San Francisco, widely regarded as a pioneer of Virtual Reality and all around cool guy. Jimmie Rodgers is a full time hacker, maker and circuit bender. He sells kits for Open Heart v2.0, Atari Punk Console and LoL shield. Instruction is free and they are selling kits for attendees to build *at cost of materials* in the $10-$30 range. LVL1 is excited to have them!

And this Sunday night at the Rudyard Kipling I will be performing my homemade synthesizers in my band Nzambi.

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