London Hackspace public day

London Hackspace logo¬† So yesterday I’ve decided to finally visit the London Hackspace that I’ve been meaning to visit for quite some time.

For those that do not what hackspaces are (myself included until a few weeks ago), these are basically organisations which offer members space (i.e. a workshop of sorts) equipped with tools, materials and equipment that members buy or salvage. I went there because I’ve been interested in robotics since I before I learned to solder, so before I was 4 (insert your “in Soviet Russia” joke here ….)! There are some peeps there interested in robotics but there is no groups like the other Bio/Music/Gadget/etc groups but I did notice the Imperial College Robotics Society sticker on one of the laptops (but no sign of owner). My hope is that I can start going though the list of my project ideas that I’ve not been able to do at home due to lack of space or equipment, mainly because robotics requires¬†electronics, programming and mechanics which means short of a tuning fork I usually need most workshop equipment!

While there I met two Industrial Design MA students (Lea and Jason), Jason was looking around at the router and introduced me to Lea who had a funky arts project and was looking for someone to do a basic micro-controller(a.k.a. uC) circuit for her to control 6 servos on inputs from a clock and a soil humidity sensor. I’ve decided to help her out as it would be a good project to remind myself of uC programming and electronics :)

I have to say that leaving the HackSpace I was very pleased that places like this exist in UK, I’ve been losing faith in UK’s interest in robotics as a hobby especially when compared to the interest across the pond and in mainland europe.

And now I’m looking forward to the hacking I’m going to get done :)