Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!
Sign up to the announcement list to keep up with our group. Follow us on Twitter @Bloominglabs. Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace. We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
Who are we?
Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club. We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.
We have found a new space!
We are now the proud leasers of a new space! It's 1,000 sq ft of which 750 sq ft is unfinished, cement floor workspace and 250 sq ft is finished office space for hanging out. There's also a full bathroom. The address is 3927 W. Roll Road which is just north of 2nd Street up Curry Pike. We take over the space on July 1st. Rent is about 20% higher than our current space, but it's over 5 times more room! And it's ours to use 24/7 without any worries about bothering other tenants.
Keep an eye out for party plans sometime in July!
Current Events (PastEvents)
- Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
- Public hack meetings!
- Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
- All ages and everyone is welcome
- 4th of July parade float
- Air cannons: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000076
- Build some kinda of twinkie launching device.
- Build a ride-able beetlebot.
Jenett has 2 large DC motors that would easily move a person.Dosman found an electric wheelchair that will serve as the motors and chassis! A charger has been acquired and it works. Joe suggests we steer by grabbing the antennas.
- Build an IR LED wall that can only be view with cameras
- Build a strandbeest: http://www.strandbeest.com/
- Marching band of hacked instruments
- Float of some kind
- Nathan's truck with the Bloominglabs banners down the side
Participate in the discussion and contribute your ideas at the 4th Of July Project page.
- Open House July 23rd from 10am-4pm at the new space! More info soon!
- Wonderlab BugBot Workshop
- Aug 13th 1-3pm
- Contact Wonderlabs to register
What is a hacker space?
It's a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.
We are accepting memberships! Please see the Membership Manual for details.
Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at The Collaboration Room which is located at 214 North Rogers Street in Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public, anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. Having access to tools is only part of the equation, socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. We currently have an electronics and robotics focus but there's also interest in general science and astronomy as well. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
What needs to be done yet?
Check out the Todo list to see the latest things we need to get done.
Also see who else is working on this project: Special:ListUsers
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