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This page is outdated! Please refer to our blog for an informal listing of our projects.

What's Hive76 working on?

Open House Projects

Project for Open House have their own page.

Project ideas

These can be ideas for open house activities, classes, events, collaborations, social stuff, whatever.

  • node.js Internet Of Things: (Pez) Been working on using a BeagleBone, NimBots and node-js (especially node-xmpp) to implement an Internet Of Things Platform
  • Acoustic Camera: (Dave S.) Some members have been discussing the idea of building an acoustic camera. The images would be coarse but the idea of seeing the world as illuminated by sound is captivating. Preliminary software has been demonstrated using simulated data.
  • Hacking the Commercial 3D Printer: There's a huge, commercial 3D printer in the space that we've been using as a glorified storage cabinet for the past 2 years. The goal is to make this printer usable, if possible using open source hardware and software. (Update: the commercial 3D printer is no longer in the space.)
  • The Practical Multimeter: Everyday uses for multimeters, like this. Examples: Find out if a wall plug is bad, see if household batteries have charge, test the alternator in a car, test audio cables to see if they're busted. Bonus: An easy way to test the polarity of a speaker.
  • Exquisite corpse Rube Goldberg machine
  • Tech basics series: "Such topics as How to Change Your Own RAM, Photoshop 101, Basics of Web Design or even How to Blog (we could even invite the local Wordpress MUG to help out and to cross pollenate both groups) might do very well if peppered among our standard offerings."
  • Hacking a cell phone into an old-school handset: "It seems that the elderly (late 80's, plus) just cannot deal with cell phones. The phones are too small, their buttons are too small, the whole phoning procedure is just to foreign. And these are our parents and grandparents, so we have a problem at times. What if we take a relatively advanced "old fashoned" phone -- one with push buttons, but otherwise a familiar object to the elderly, and convert it into a cell phone?"
  • Reversing clothes: Get a seamripper, boxcutter and scissors. Add shirts, pants, shoes. Take them apart and figure out how they're made. Bonus: Get or borrow a sewing machine and practice putting things back together or using old clothes as patterns for new clothes. Like origami and cardboard furniture, this is good practice in turning sheet goods into 3D objects.
  • Printing castable wax with this stuff: [1]
  • 3D paper printing and printing molds for paper
  • Open brainstorm/Ask-A-Nerd: open sessions for people to ask, what's x made of? How would you do y? Is z possible? Ex: How would I make my washing machine text me when it's done? What do the numbers on recyclable plastic mean? Could you make a flying drone out of an iphone, a motor, and some balsa wood?
  • Making food with dangerous chemicals
  • Purifying DNA like this
  • Insane water rocket idea: A lot of water bottles are about 3" in diameter. This means that they would fit pretty tightly inside a 3" PVC pipe (I think that the pipes are rated in terms of ID). ...
  • Cable making: How to make RJ45 and various audio cables
  • Everything You Need To Know to be Highly Effective On The Web: A four hour workshop teaching students the beginnings of basic web tools, which includes Photoshop, HTML, CSS and FTP. Essentially this is tutorial on basic web technologies and building a simple web page.
  • Event booth ideas:
    • MakerBot makes for a spectacle when its running. The noise alone would draw a crowd. We could sell trinkets and pendants; Hive76 logo


    • USB Typewriter might be something cool to roll out and display. It's quirky and anachronistic, not something you see every day.
    • How about some kind of solar cooker? Something a little more advanced than "tinfoil lined shoe box with hot dogs in the middle". Could you imagine how awesome it would be to cook a full breakfast with the morning sun?
  • Tech slam ideas:
    • To this end, I wanted to toss out the idea of "Tech Slams" -- kind of like the TED presentations -- you get 5 minutes to stand up and talk about something, and why it matters. Sort of a Maker open-mike ("Open Make"?). Ideally this would take place in a highly public location (e.g. a place like the Standard Tap, maybe).
    • Another "small world" idea (this one is a little bizarre) might be to augment the giant operation game with a tele-presence feature (i.e. remotely perform the operation on the internet, using a web-cam to see and a mouse or what-not to operate).
    • Here's an even more bizarre variant. What if you could hook up with puppeteers and make remote puppets (e.g. a puppet in Chicago being operated by a person in Philly). What if you had the puppets interact with a person doing a story slam. Oddly enough, Philly is probably the center of the puppetry universe in the U.S. and one of the guys on the FPA board is heavily involved in puppetry. It really *is* a small world ...

All Projects and Classes from 2011

All Projects and Classes from 2010

All Projects and Classes from 2009

  • MakerBot Class (Spring 2009) -
  • MakerBot_3D-PO - (Project/Equipment) Not really a project anymore, it's getting stuck here for now anyway.
  • Giant Operation - (Project/Event) Make:Philly asked us to halp make a life sized game of operation
  • New Space Party Winter 09 - (Event) planning for our open house.
  • PipeShouter - (Project) A clone of the classic "Tube Screamer" guitar effect.
  • MakerBot Heated Stage - (Project) Invented by Jordan, for a while it was sold by Makerbot Industries.
  • Puzzles - by jack

Dropped Projects

Potential Collaborators

Let's make friends with awesome groups!

  • TekLado "A technology and pop culture magazine for the new bilingual generation."
  • Tech Girlz "Empowering girls to be future technology leaders"
  • West Philly Hybrid X Team West Philly High's latest high MPG car team. They've been competing in solar and high MPG events for years.
  • GeoClan Philly media makers, radio nerds, and all around fantastic folks. I started planning basic computer literacy classes with them at LAVA several years back but then I went to grad school.
  • Philadelphia Student Union A students' rights organization by and for Philadelphia high school students. They are closely connected with media-making organizations and host a radio show on WPEB.
  • WPEB West Philly low power FM
  • Media: Media Mobilizing Project (facilitate filmmaking for workers), PhillyCAM (Philly public access TV), Scribe Video (facilitate community narratives)
  • Lady Ada requires no introduction

Current BFFs

Organizations we're already friends with

  • Nextfab
  • The Hacktory
  • Indy Hall
  • Make Philly
  • Neighborhood Bike Works
  • TE Motorworks
  • Geekadelphia