Our lab has been under renovation for some weeks because of sewage leak that resulted in complete rebuild of our WC. Despite of this, Open Tuesdays have continued as usual, and only courses and other irregular events have been postponed to future. We hope that the current situation would be over within a month, and that the new WC room could serve us better than the old one, which was just miserable. We try to make the new room somewhat accessible, but cannot yet promise complete wheelchair accessibility.
For now, our neighbor Sirius has given us permission to use their toilet. Mind that the door has no handle on the other side, so do not lock yourself in! We’ll see if this could be fixed. There is a water tap now in Ell-i room, but in the kitchen the only usable machine is perhaps the microwave. You can follow the current situation on our Flickr feed.
On the brighter side, there’s a new Hacklab in Finland! Kuopio Hacklab is now accepting new members. Also, Tampere Hacklab has found a new home, which is roughly the same size as ours but with higher ceiling.
Helsinki Hacklab is a non-commercial organization, which means that any for-profit campaigning not possible under our organization. As several of our members build amazing things and want to share them in open and maybe even make a living out of it, spinoff was bound to get created sooner or later.
ELL-i Open Source co-operative is one of more prominent spinoffs, as they actually have rented out a room in our lab. They often can be seen working on various ideas and products around, we have watched with increasing curiosity their progress with Raspberry Pi PoE shield.
Building PoE roller blinds with a stepper motor
Last weekend they hosted a little hackathon on our lab. There were musical projects, some people were playing around with home automation and lighting ideas. One of the projects is probably going to be permament addition to our lab: Our Ultimaker received a Power over Ethernet -powered Raspberry Pi 2 and a webcam. Now we can start prints over LAN and watch the progress live from the comfort of our livingroom. Project is still ongoing, our Ultimaker just received a heated bed upgrade and a cut-off switch controlled by Raspberry Pi. (Flickr album)
The RasPoEs were very comfortable to use, and we are happy to see their campaign has gone live at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/raspoe-raspberry-pi-poe-shield/. As One of our members put, “I got to buy a PoE-switch now too”.
A blog post in English for a change!
Starting to look like a proper place
This Tuesday the lab finally started to look like a proper hackerspace after all the major renovation, moving and cleaning is now done, excluding the metal workshop we still don’t have.
We had people working with new sofa covers, teaching Arduino basics, giving tours to visitors, organizing stuff, and some even had time for their own projects.
A pile of new storage boxes.
Chair leg was fixed using a lathe. Good job.
Jolla phone with breadboard back cover [link]
Ten new Arduinos waiting for the next weekend course
Artsy pic. Tubes from a Soviet radar.
3D printer up and running. Rambo hosting foreign visitors.
Working on sofa covers. Moments before the sewing machine broke again.
Spontaneous Arduino workshop
More additions to our equipment
Banana plug wires in a bunch
Helsinki Hacklab is moving to a new address, Takkatie 18, during the end of 2014. We expect most of the work be ready in November, but before that, we are renovating the new location. This means that there are cancellations and exceptions in our regular weekly meetings. If you plan to visit us, please bear in mind that we might have not much time to keep this website or other information up to date, so be in contact with us beforehand and we can tell you the current situation.
Renovating Takkatie 18 in progress
Yesterday our members were at Takkatie planning the use for rooms, checking places for larger items and doing general renovating work. This weekend is going to be major moving of all our stuff, and we need as many volunteers as possible to participate.