Announcing the Smart Tech Discovery Education Program – January 2015

The Smart Tech Discovery Education Program launched! Gold Coast TechSpace is pleased to launch the “Smart Tech Discovery Education Program” today. This program is the result of our Smart Tech Discovery Education Project, whereby several TechSpace members, inspired by past successful past education sessions that a few members have run, have designed a set of education.. read more →

Fun and games with the STM8 on Linux

After my adventures with the STM32 I decided to give the STM8 a go. The STM8 microcontroller is the 8 bit version from the same manufacturer, similar performance to an Arduino but with much lower power and incredibly cheap. I purchased an STM8S Discovery board for about $10 from element14. It’s an interesting little board,.. read more →

Review of Marcus Schappi Crowd-funding event

Silicon Beach & Gold Coast TechSpace were proud to host an event with Marcus Schappi on 27th June at the One 50 Public house in Bundall. The event was sponsored by the City of Gold Coast as part of their visiting entrepreneurs programme and I am very proud of the fact we were able to.. read more →

Wednesday SIG night – highly productive members’ meetings

Every week the members’ SIG night get more productive. We have completed a few projects by now, and everyone is very busy with more new ones. Most are being worked on by 2 or 3 members, so most present are working on more than one project. We all have our areas of expertise and this.. read more →

Doers not talkers

It has been over two months since the last post here. There is a good reason for that. It is not because we have died away. In fact it is quite the opposite. read more →

Chris’s quadcopter

Chris Mitchell, a relatively new member to the TechSpace, brought in his latest quadcopter and showed it to us today at our Sunday Open Meet and Hack Day. Chris’s background: software development – Windows desktop and internet server apps (html, php, python). Chris has been an electronics hobbyist most of his life. Chris saw a.. read more →

January Open Night: DMD + Arduino

Here’s a DMD connected to an Arduino with a little laser pointer trip wire. When the laser beam is cut the timer starts. When the laser beam is cut again it records a “split”. After 6 splits it will stop the timer and start again. When the arduino boots it gives you 10 seconds to.. read more →

Arduino SIG started

This SIG first met 2nd January 2013. A key focus is to create relatively simple, interesting and fun projects with WOW factor to display at the Gold Coast Show in August/September 2013. By the end of our 2nd meeting on the 9th we have tentatively 5 projects that we are individually and collectively working on... read more →

Repap fires in anger

After months of testing, running demos, rebuilding parts and printing trinkets, Mork the reprap has finally been put to use to create a useful part to replace an item. Viv had a shower shelf which normally has two mounting brackets. However one was lost, so he needed to create a replacement bracket, or throw the.. read more →

3D printers: and then there were three

It has been a month of good progress within our Reprap 3D printing project. Within another month we hope to have three Repraps running. Several of us have picked up knowledge from our first printer and are starting to understand many issues related to how to run them efficiently, and what sort of objects they.. read more →