Columbia Gadget Works http://comogadgetworks.org Hack the Planet Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:16:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The CGW Cardboard Robot Fighting Championship http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/08/the-cgw-cardboard-robot-fighting-championship/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/08/the-cgw-cardboard-robot-fighting-championship/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:58:45 +0000 http://comogadgetworks.org/?p=176553 Continue reading

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We are pleased to announce that CGW will be hosting the first-ever (as far as we can tell) cardboard robot combat tournament right here in mid-Missouri. The rules are finalized, the date is set, and the battle arena is being built. All we need is robots to fight and builders to make those bots.

That’s where you come in. If you’ve ever been interested in robot fighting, this is your chance to get started. Go to the official website and sign up as a builder. The more bots that sign up, the more exciting the battles will be, and the more fun we’ll all have.

Not sure how to get started? Have questions about what’s legal? Check out our Google Group for discussion about the tournament and please feel free to hit us up for more info.

The fights will be held Saturday, September 19th at the Columbia Gadget Works hackerspace. Be sure to check back here for more info, including some events to help builders get started on their first bot.

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Cardboard Robot Fighting http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/07/cardboard-robot-fighting/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/07/cardboard-robot-fighting/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:50:22 +0000 http://comogadgetworks.org/?p=176550 Continue reading

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As you might have heard around the shop, we’ve been itching for some robot combat here at CGW. Unfortunately, we don’t want to spend too much money on vehicles that will (hopefully) be destroyed in spectacular fashion. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan to reduce costs by requiring that our robots are built mostly of our cardboard.

Yes, cardboard. Our favorite building material.

Sound interesting? We’ll be posting more information as it comes, but in the meantime you can check out the proposed rules on our wiki and discuss your ideas on the Google Group. The competition won’t be until at least the end of August, but there is no better time to start than the present. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions, and some of our members are even working on prototypes already.

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Global Space Balloon Challenge http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/02/global-space-balloon-challenge/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2015/02/global-space-balloon-challenge/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:49:53 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/?p=176499 Continue reading

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For some time, members have talked about launching a CGW high-altitude balloon, but we never get around to it. In order to light a fire under our collective butt, I have entered us as a team in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

There are surprisingly few regulations for us to follow for the challenge. Most importantly, we have to launch our balloon (or balloons) between April 10th and 27th, 2015. That gives us right around two months to prepare. The design and build process will involve work in many different fields, including:

Mechanical Design of the capsule to survive the harsh environment of near-space and of a return mechanism to keep everything together during ground/capsule interaction.

Electronics for the tracking system, photography, and any scientific experiments we want to send to the edge of the atmosphere.

Lighter-Than-Air Aeronautics that will let us use helium or hydrogen to send our balloon into the sky.

Weather Analysis and Prediction to make sure that we launch at a safe time and have some idea where our capsule is going to end up.

If that sounds like fun to you, sign up on the CGW DragonTwo team page. We will have an introductory/strategy meeting on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the hackerspace. Afterwards, the GSBC team will have weekly build meetings on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, with weekend build meetings if appropriate.

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FIRST Robotics Team Visit http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/11/first-robotics-team-visit/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/11/first-robotics-team-visit/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:48:40 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/?p=176443 Continue reading

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At a recent Open Hack Night, we got a visit from Columbia’s FIRST Robotics Team 3792, aka Army Ants Robotics. This high school team, made up of students from across the area, builds and operates robots for the St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They were kind enough to let us poke and prod at last year’s entry and even gave us a demonstration of their ability. The 2015 competition is coming up fast, so if you are interested in robotics and are in the proper age range, be sure you check out their web site and get in contact with the Army Ants.

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2014 CGW Activity Survey http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/10/2014-cgw-activity-survey/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/10/2014-cgw-activity-survey/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:35:13 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/?p=176419 Continue reading

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We want data!
From you!
For you!
Seriously.

In order for us to make informed choices about what events to host, we need you to fill out the survey below so we will know what you want.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FINMHVnuQowOyIyJfKlz47B2oT5H3cXS_PHH1Y89sEo/viewform

You do not have to be a paying member to fill out this survey. If you have any interest at all in hacking with us, I implore you to submit a response. The results are completely anonymous, you won’t have to log into anything, and the 5 questions should take you less than 5 minutes to complete.

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that might enjoy our unique style of hackery.

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This is the first aerial footage from my… http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/01/this-is-the-first-aerial-footage-from-my/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2014/01/this-is-the-first-aerial-footage-from-my/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:48:15 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/this-is-the-first-aerial-footage-from-my/ Continue reading

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This is the first aerial footage from my tricopter that I recently took to the Bahamas.

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CGW Wiki http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/11/cgw-wiki/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/11/cgw-wiki/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 03:56:29 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/?p=176269 Continue reading

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We’ve rolled out a new wiki. It can be found by clicking the the “Wiki” link in the navigation bar. The wiki is new and needs and be filled. Please contact an officer and start filling it.

If your new to CGW come check out one of our weekly meetings and say hello. Details can be found at the Meetup page.

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The arc lamp works!! http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/05/the-arc-lamp-works/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/05/the-arc-lamp-works/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 20:10:50 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/the-arc-lamp-works/ Continue reading

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Victory is ours!! http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/04/victory-is-ours/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/04/victory-is-ours/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:43:58 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/victory-is-ours/ Continue reading

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CGW just finished first in the second annual float your boat for the food bank. We won with a time of 48 seconds. We also won the Modern Marvel award. The race was a fundraiser for the food bank and you can check out their website here: http://sharefoodbringhope.org/

Here’s some event day video of our victory.

Here are some pictures:
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3D printer Pen http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/03/3d-printer-pen/ http://comogadgetworks.org/2013/03/3d-printer-pen/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:03:47 +0000 http://www.columbiagadgetworks.org/?p=17160 Continue reading

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Has anyone signed up for a “3Doodler” 3D printing pen? Check out www.the3doodler.com. The pen extrudes fast-hardening plastic so you can freehand draw in 3D. It is a kickstarter project.

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