Dustin (the VHS Roomba) invites everyone to a a fun-filled night of Roomba repair, hacking, and general playing with these amazing little robots. Some first and second generation roombas will be on hand as well as a few VHSers who are happy to give you tips and help out with repair. It’s easy and very fun! We’ve restored many of these little guys, even one that got wet during a flood.
Some things we can help you with:
overall maintenance on a working Roomba
the infamous circle of death
charging unit problems
stuck brushes and side brushes
missing side brushes
disassembly and reassembly
3D printing replacement gears
We can’t help so much with those but batteries will be on hand if you want to test your Roomba. We can also suggest battery sources.
Get a Roomba on the cheap!
Would you like to have a Roomba but don’t want to pay a lot of money? If you can find a broken one on craigslist we can help you fix it. Sometimes these can be picked up for 50 bucks or less Post any ads below if you need help sussing out the suitability of a roomba that is for sale. We recommend the 500 series and up.
Thanks to VHS member Bob, whose donation of IR parts helps make this event possible.
A couple weeks ago, the Neil Squire Society put on a makeathon for people with disabilities with Makers Making Change.
It was an exciting learning opportunity that VHSers were proud to be a part of, and we want to thank everyone for including us! The organisers and participants alike did a fantastic job to make this a successful event. Everyone had a great time, and, more importantly, there was a positive change in the world. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!
More media is still coming in, but check out the official Storify here!
The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.
We are very excited to open our doors to Access Makeathon participants, and we’re looking forward to seeing your creative ideas for improving people’s lives and helping you realize them.
VHS Makeathon Hours:
Saturday, Jan 28th, 9AM to Sunday, Jan 29th, 1 PM.
Come and join us at VHS on and bring your sewing machine if you’d like to oil it or troubleshoot a repair problem. Lots of machine oil, compressed air, and tools will be on hand. If you need a part we may even be able to 3D-print it.
This is free of course, although donations to VHS are always appreciated! This is not a workshop, but it is an informal drop-in where you can get help if you need it. Join us!
Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see the VHS space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have. Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share! A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.
Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!
Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.
Lightning talks – (11PM).
A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged.
Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.
Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP if you want to drink beverages at the space.
Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!
1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.
This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.
August 20th, 2016 (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)
Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.
If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.
The tea towel itself is made by cutting a giant rectangle out of fabric to the dimensions you wish the final tea towel to be, and then adding a 2 cm seam allowance. The seam is then pressed under with an iron, first 1 cm, and then again 1 cm. Sew around the edge and voila, a tea towel to impress your friends. If you actually ever did the dishes you could also use it to dry stuff. :P
We taught lots of people how to solder today at Maker Faire 2016, including kids as young as 4 years old! Here’s the how to solder comic we use as well as the guide to our VHS Blinky Badge kit. There are usually a few kits at VHS in the vending machine if you’d like to give this project a try.
Not a member or keyholder? Feel free to swing by on any of our open nights. You can use our soldering stations and teach yourself how to solder. We’ll give you a hand if you need one. See you at the space!