With building in flux, Baltimore Node keeps building - Technical.ly Baltimore


Aug. 11, 2014 8:30 am

With building in flux, Baltimore Node keeps building

Technical.ly Baltimore visited a recent OpenHack night at the 2,300-square-foot makerspace in Station North. We found a low-res light board, a real-life 'Angry Birds' and a 'For Sale' sign outside.

A Raspberry Pi-powered Baltimore Node light board is being developed by makerspace member Michael Diedrick.

(Photo courtesy of Baltimore Node)

Updated, 8/22/14, with additional information on Baltimore Node's light board.

In the true spirit of a hobbyist hackerspace, a project that has been lingering in the Baltimore Node community for a couple years is now getting new attention.

Member, designer and programmer Michael Diedrick is working on a low-resolution programmable light board. According to the Node website, “the display is driven by python on a raspberry pi, but can work via any computer that runs Python. Michael needs only a quick breather before he goes all coding luchador on the remaining kinks.”

The project is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Baltimore Node member Michael Diedrick working on his light display. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Node)

Technical.ly Baltimore stopped by the Node’s OpenHack night last week for a tour with longtime members Jason Denney, a past Baltimore Hackathon organizer, and John Cutonilli. We got a sneak peak at Diedrick’s project — a long piece of plywood with neatly strung lights.

We also saw what other work was being done in the 2,300-square-foot space, which is located at 403 E. Oliver St. in the Station North Arts District near the Baltimore Design School and the Station North Tool Library.


Cutonilli is building another real-life ‘Angry Birds’ game — complete with oversized wooden slingshot.

The OpenHack night had kids, regulars and a handful of visitors looking into memberships. Cutonilli said the Node has several dozen active, paying ($50 a month) members, though the community includes far more, he said.

The Node landed at the Oliver Street location in March 2013, after a protracted search for a new space when the Load of Fun building was closed in 2012. However, when we visited last week, we spotted a ‘For Sale’ sign hung outside the building.

Could a building sale mean another location search for the Node group? Not necessarily, said Denney, “and we sure hope not.”

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.


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