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Urban Workshop Open House – A Hacker Space in Irvine   Leave a comment

I discovered an announcement of this open house the night before the event. The lead came from a Meet Up post from  Make: OC, since I have been displaying at Maker Faire for several years now. It was a very short notice — but I am glad I saw it — especially since the Urban Workshop is less than 5 minutes away from my office.

Steve Trindade is the Founder and CEO of the Urban Workshop.

Urban Workshop is a hacker space, a membership organization where creative and talented people can get together and learn from each other. Urban Workshop provides the tools and support staff to help people build what they imagine.

They have an impressive array of stationary power tools for wood as well as metal, including a laser cutter and CNC mill. They have all types of welding equipment, too. And of course, they have a very expensive-looking 3D printer.

There is a full page of classes on a variety of subjects, including automotive alignments and race car chassis setups, CAD concepts, CNC router programming, electronics soldering basics and Arduino programming, machine tool instruction and more.

The equipment is all high-end, professional gear, and looks brand new.

Click here for more information on Urban Workshop.

Here are some pictures. . . .

What Does Fashion Lack? Microcontrollers, Says Fashion Designer Anouk Wipprecht   Leave a comment


Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht – who mixes high fashion with microprocessors and fiberoptic fabrics, is scheduled to present “Robotic Fashion and Intimate Interfaces” on Saturday May 17 at 11:30 AM on the Center Stage at Maker Faire Bay Area.

Anouk made the microprocessor-controlled fibre optic and LED costumes for the Black Eyed Peas for the Super Bowl XLV half time show.

I met Anouk at a Crash Space meeting in 2011 – she is fascinating!

Learn more about Anouk and her work with Pseudomorphs 

She talks about her experience and how her interest in microcontrollers and robotics made their way into her fashion designs on YouTube

Here is Anouk’s official website