Launching of Nation of Makers!

I am happy to announce our efforts in creating the Nation of Makers.

Bill Saturno

President , Co-founder : CT Hackerspace
Transition team : Nation of Makers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nation of Makers
NoMTransitionGroup@gmail.com

More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers
New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things.

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CTH hosts Build a Website in the Cloud using Microsoft Azure 10/3 7pm

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Did you know you can use Microsoft Azure to build a low-or-no cost WordPress instance? Sean will go over the current steps it takes to build a Website using Microsoft’s cloud service called Azure.

BONUS – IF 25 or More People RSVP to this event, one participant will win a Azure Raspberry Pi 3 Kit courtesy of Hackster.

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Attend FREE Virtual Reality Demos and Talk 9/27

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The team of CTVR, an enthusiast group leading the way with Virtual Reality in Connecticut, will be on site discussing and showing off the latest in VR technology. VR is great for gaming and entertainment but it can also be applied to education, business, medical and more. Stop by CT Hackerspace Tuesday, September 27 – We hope to see you (or your avatar) there!

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Qi Charging Phone Wasn’t A Failure After All

Qi Wireless Charging Receiver Soldered - Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate SGH-i577A few days ago I posted how my wireless phone charging hack was a failure. I tried soldering in a Qi Receiver into my old school Samsung Galaxy Exhilarte SGH-i577 phone. While I got all the goodies crammed in the phone, the phone got waaaaay hot when charging. So much so that the phone gave a warning saying the battery is over-temp and charging was stopped!

Fast forward a couple days. I figured I could try a different charging pad. Guess what? It worked perfectly and the phone didn’t get hot! I can’t explain it. I’m not a Qi expert but I did poke around on Wikipedia to learn more about the Qi technology. From Wikipedia:

“Regulation of the output voltage is provided by a digital control loop where the power receiver communicates with the power transmitter and requests more or less power.”

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DIY Wireless Phone Charging, Works And Doesn’t Work At The Same Time

Qi Wireless Charging Receiver Soldered - Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate SGH-i577 I’ll be the first to admit my phone is old, very old, but it is small and fits in my pocket nicely. Majority of new phones seem to be near-tablet size. I did want an upgrade and I thought wireless charging would be the way to go… here’s my disappointing story:

You’ve most certainly seen those Qi Wireless Charger Receivers that plug into the micro-USB port on a phone and make your phone have wireless charging capability, right? They are only a few bucks on eBay. I bought one knowing it wasn’t what I wanted because it uses the USB port and it required the use of a phone case to keep it from flopping in the breeze. When I received the charger receiver, I also noticed that it would cover up the flash and part of the camera. The charger receiver was too long:

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CT Hackerspace invited to national White House Meeting

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy held a meeting for hackerspace and makerspace organizers on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., helping them understand federal government support and also developing collaborative networks of spaces across the U.S.

Over 150 space organizers attended. Bill Saturno, co-founder and president of CT Hackerspace, along with colleagues of some neighboring Connecticut makerspaces, were among those invited to discuss these emerging centers of innovation.

The Hackerspace / Makerspace concept has gained support from numerous government agencies for its connection to workforce development, innovation, manufacturing, and contributions to tomorrow’s game changers and the next disruptive technology.

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