From Nisha Kumar:
An overview of the DC503 party badge as seen at DefCon 2018
Hi! My name is Nisha, and I made a party bangle for my friend, Miki, to take with her to DefCon25. It was my first fully-formed electronics project and it posed some interesting challenges due to its unusual form factor. You can read about my experiences with that project here.
Soon after DefCon25, I was approached by r00tkillah to make over a 100 of something similar for the DC503 party at DefCon26. The plan was to combine the power of the BMD-300 SoC by Rigado used in the Wagon Badge from the previous year with my Neopixel bangle form factor. We would call it “The Banglet” and it was going to be awesome.
In passive mode, the banglet’s LEDs light up when detecting nearby Bluetooth devices. The number of LEDs that are lit correspond to the number of BT devices detected and their colors are based on each device’s mac address.
Meanwhile at Ctrl-H PDX hackerspace:
Anyone in the hackerspace lately may have noticed our @DC503 #badgelife projects taking shape. If you’re headed to @defcon and want to get your hands on this one, or get one of these around your hands, check out http://503.party . See you in Vegas!
Didn’t get enough hardware hacking fun at Teardown this past weekend? Dorkbot PDX is 7:00pm TONIGHT (Monday, May 14th) at Ctrl-H PDX hackerspace!
The address for Ctrl-H is:
7608 N Interstate
Portland, OR 97217
Check out the Meetup event page for more information and look for our Drew Fustini in purple!
Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity.
Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time.
Whether it’s code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance.
We’ll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.
p.s. This event is open to everyone, dork or robot. No ^H membership is required to attend.
CrowdSupply is organizing a new hardware con named Teardown in Portland on the weekend of May 11th – 13th:
A party for hacking, discovering, and sharing hardware
Teardown is an event put on by Crowd Supply in association with Make+Think+Code @ PNCA. You can think of Teardown as live-action Crowd Supply, but with fewer cardboard boxes and packing peanuts. We’ll be bringing together hardware aficionados from around the world to celebrate, inspect, create, and, of course, tear down hardware.
There will be long-time Crowd Supply creators and backers, as well as people we’re meeting for the first time. There will be hardware, art, food, drink, puzzles, workshops, tutorials, talks, music, field trips, and friends. Most of all, there will be ideas and projects to explore and inspire. We hope you’ll be there too!
Please considering submitting a proposal like a talk, workshop, demo or installation:
There is a new PDX Raspberry Pi and Arduino meetup organized by hosted by Mitch Bayersdorfer coming to Portland on Saturday, April 7th:
• What we’ll do:
Part social and part build time, this meet-up is for those
• What to bring
Computer. Raspberry Pi and/or Arduinos if you have them. Projects that you want to share. Items for the “parts luck” swap bin.
• Important to know
The shop where this is held only has space heaters – so please dress warmly on colder days. On very cold days, we will forego building and have a social in a heated space, if we can’t find an alternative spot.
We’re big fans of podcasts about electronics and embedded systems like The Amp Hour, embedded.fm and The Spark Gap podcast. (Please let us know in the comments of other shows we should check out)
In the latest Spark Gap episode, Karl and Corey talk about their trip to Portland for the 2016 Open Hardware Summit:
Our favorite past episodes include the two-episode discussion of PCB design:
We also enjoyed when Karl and Corey were joined by James Lewis of Kemet Electronics to talk about capacitors.