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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.

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.

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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.

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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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