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Mar. 14, 2014 8:45 am

5 of the coolest projects from NYC Resistor hacker space

Local makerspace is pumping out impressive inventions purely for the joy of making things.

NYC Resistor crew, circa 2009.

(Photo by Flickr user Kellan, used under a Creative Commons license)

NYC Resistor is a hacker space in Boerum Hill founded by a group of local makers, including MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. They hold classes and craft nights and serve as a space from which new products get built. On their blog, members highlight their latest technological creations, often built for no other reason than the joy of experimentation.

Here’s a few recent creations that illustrate what makes this such an interesting space:

1. Octoscroller

The space has a giant eight-sided LED system to share messages and jazz up the room. This is an upgrade from the old six sided version.

2. Holiday Porter Naturally, one of the things they made was a beer. Committed to open source, they posted the recipe on the NYC Resistor github in the brewery repository in a JSON format.

Holiday Porter at NYC Resistor

3. Heart Rate Running Jacket This jacket has some amazing LED lights along the sleeves that not only light up very brightly, but respond to the runner’s heart rate by tapping into a Garmin system. See how cool it looks in this video:

4. Disorient Camp at Burning Man 2013 An LED powered pyramid of lights run by a ToughBook. The post details lots of technical challenges met in the heat and dust of the dessert, but it sounds like it largely worked and drew a party every night. See it in action in the link.

Disorient Camp at Burning Man. Photo by Trammell Hudson on Flickr.

5. Cathode Ray Oscillograph Twitter Client That’s right: 1940s technology turned to delivering tweets.

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