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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CT Hackerspace Startup Day Exhibit and Roundtable with Congresswoman Esty a Success.

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CT Hackerspace hosted an exhibit of several local Connecticut Startups, as well as invited Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for Startup Day Across America. After meeting with the congresswoman, all businesses in attendance had an opportunity for a full round table discussion on how state and federal government can better assist local businesses.

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Join us as CT Hackerspace welcomes the CT Home Shop Machinists Group Aug 14th at 2pm

CT Hackerspace welcomes the Connecticut area Home Shop Machinist group on August 14th at 2pm.  The Connecticut area Home Shop Machinist group is a local community of Hobbyist machinists and enthusiasts. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hobbyists and learn new techniques or share your projects with others.

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