Friday, 9 April 2010

Arduino's, Austria, Hackspace and the T-List

I first met Magnus Lawrie at the cycling event in February, it turns out as well as being a throughly nice bloke he is also a regular in the Science & Business department. Magnus recently organised a meeting in Dundee discuss getting together a Hackspace in the city. As Tagtool is open source hardware and runs on Nodekit freely avaliable open source software I went along.... I met an impressive array of local tech wizards whose knowledge of computing went way above my head. Despite this and me being the only woman they were really friendly and welcomed me like a local. I am now signed up to the T-List forum and have tapped into local talk relating to Arduinos*, internet, creativity digital issues and other open source chatter.

Alistair started thinking it might be an idea to showcase the open source software books at the library. Maybe this could happen alongside a Tagtool session?

The good news is that Nine Trades project has agreed to support the provision of the entire Tagtool kit, and for it to be based in the library. We now have a Wacom A4 Intuos3 graphics tablet. At the end of April Alistair is going to attend the International Tagtool workshop in Austria, where he will build the library its own Tagtool.

* Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Its also the key component in the Tagtool


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