[oshug-announce] OSHUG #6, Thursday 18th November @ London Hackspace.

Andrew Back andrew at osmosoft.com
Sun Oct 31 20:40:44 UTC 2010

             /////// OSHUG #6, At Home ////////

              (Tacticalendar, Denkimono Clock)

18th Nov 2010, 18:00 - 20:00 at London Hackspace, Unit 24, Cremer Business
Centre, 37 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD, UK (51.530746, -0.076218) 


Open source hardware is not just about catering for niche applications and
marginal use cases and many projects are concerned with creating devices for
everyday use. For the sixth OSHUG meeting we'll have presentations on two
projects targeted at the home and one that doesn't even involve electricity.

 ! Please note that this meeting will be hosted at the London Hackspace !

** Tacticalendar

Tacticalendar is an open design project for a timeless 4-week-ahead rolling
planner. New versions are managed through a github issue-tracker, laser cut
from plywood and acrylic, articulated with duct tape, offered at a discount
to release candidate testers and finally shared with premium customers. A
continually evolving product, it is the first to market from the
Enigmaker.org open prototyping experiment - a two-month project to prototype
an invention every week in the public domain. Patent protection has been
rejected in favour of a share-alike design and an open innovation community.
Near-term feature testing includes Google Calendar synchronization using
machine-vision and augmented-reality techniques.

Cefn Hoile sculpts open source hardware and software, and supports others
doing the same. Drawing on ten years of experience in R&D for a
multinational technology company, he works as a public domain inventor
through Enigmaker.org, and an innovation catalyst and architect of bespoke
digital installations and prototypes, working most recently with Tinker.it,
BT, the BBC, EDF, Nokia. Cefn is a founder-member of the
CuriosityCollective.org digital arts group, and a regular contributor to
open source projects and not-for-profits.

** Denkimono Clock

TheDenkimono Clock is a kit to build a countdown timer, fully functional
alarm clock and stopwatch, that is not only fun to build but that also
provides a practical device for everyday use. This talk will cover the
initial design and build as a personal hobby project, to its redesign as a
commercial kit and the associated sales, marketing and after-sales service.
Initial concerns over open sourcing and how these turned out to be unfounded
will also be covered.

Mark Longstaff-Tyrrell trained as an electronics engineer and was seduced by
the money and glamour of software and began his career writing code for
fruit machines in a shed in Wolverhampton. He subsequently progressed to
developing for mobile handsets with extendible aerials in the late 90s, and
then for stylus driven PDAs and currently develops software for Android

** Lightning Talks

Take the stage for five minutes and tell us all about your open hardware
home hacks!

For links to more information and to register: http://oshug.org/event/6

Andrew Back
mailto:andrew at osmosoft.com

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