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theTransistor Google Group

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Or email the group at:

everyone AT thetransistor DOT com

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Vacuum Forming – First attempts

Here are some of the initial pictures from our vacuum forming table. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as we ‘finish’ the project.

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CMKT 4 Visits theTransistor… and ROCKS!

We recently had the pleasure of having CMKT 4 visit our hackerspace.

They are touring around the U.S. right now and offering workshops complete with electronic kits and AWESOME live music (ask for the song about Waffles!) for the fantastic price of $15. This is helping to fund their trip, and is EASILY worth it. If you get the chance to attend one of their workshops, DO IT ! Here’s their schedule.

Thanks again guys, everyone had a great time.

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Transistor Contact Mic Workshop

Join the members of the circuit-bent rock band CMKT4 for a workshop on building your very own EconoMIC Bottle Cap Contact Microphone (from Creme DeMentia). CMKT 4 will show you how to solder up a piezo-electric pickup and house it sturdily in a recycled bottle-cap housing of their own design! Stick around for music from the band as the tool-handle dip on your freshly built contact microphone dries. Additional take-home kits and other surprises will be available, come build a mic and see and hear some of the circuit-bent instruments you’ve read about on up close. Bring your own instruments and objects to amplify!

The workshop is $15, additional kits will be on sale for $10, and we’ll have fully assembled mics in several varieties for sale as well. We’ll have some other fun goodies also. Interested onlookers are encouraged to donate if they don’t want to build a kit.

CMKT 4 are Austin Cliffe, Zach Adams, and Jeff Cox. The circuit-bent / rock trio has made it their mission to leave no hackerspace behind on their way to their next Maker Faire; they want to bring new devices, sounds, and ideas to your town. They are constantly working to make new and interesting devices and music.

You can find them at

Workshop Details:
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
The Transistor
560 S 100 W
Provo, UT 84601
$15, 7pm

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Join us on IRC

Join the IRC channels #thetransistor and #utahmakers on

And for those of you that can’t be bothered to install an irc client:

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New Membership Options

EDITED 8/16/2011:

New Membership options available. See Membership Page for details.

Facilities include:
MAME Cabinet, SNES, NES, Atari, Sega, XBox 360, PS2, etc
Projectors, TV’s
50 Mbps symmetrical fiber internet
PCB Exposure / Etching Station
Sink, Microwaves, Fridge (usually stocked with Soda and Hostess products), etc
Electronics workstations with good lighting, nice soldering irons, scopes, etc
Fully stocked electronics components selection
Many metal and woodworking tools

Some projects being working on currently include:
Mantis CNC (Tim)
Reprap Prusa (John, Deven)
Vacuum Forming Table (Deven)
Giant LED Display (Deven)
Zombie Laser Tag v1.2 (Everyone)

As a member you are welcome to help with any project that is currently being worked on.

More details to come. If you are interested please stop by during Make:Provo (see calendar for exact dates).

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MAME Cabinet Complete

Our “Keep The Change” MAME cabinet has been completed since the end of December, however we felt we should post at least one picture of the finished project. We will be posting autocad / sketchup files, a full parts list, software configurations, and a complete write-up in the next couple months (other projects getting in the way). If you can’t wait a couple months, feel free to ask questions in the forums.

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GMC and Kyle visit

Recently we were visited by some road tripping makers who went by the names of GMC and Kyle one Saturday evening in early November. They shared many stories of their adventures across the US with us, and we shared our hackerspace with them. There’s some discussion of their visit in our forums for those who are interested, as well as a picture of the two below. Thanks again for making us a part of your hackerspace road trip experience!

Koen and Kyle on a Road Trip

[more after the break]

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No more Arduino Night! (Hosting Make:Provo)

We are totally canceling Arduino Night. :( But before you do anything drastic, please note that we will be hosting Make:Provo every Saturday from 4pm to 8pm (excluding holidays). Make:Provo is hosted by theTransistor, and is sponsored by MakeZine. It …

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Take on the Machine – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

After a long couple months the winner is finally announced!
[Video after the break.]

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Maui Makers Visits theTransistor

A couple months ago we had the pleasure of having the founder of Maui Makers visit our space. This is their story.
Maui Makers

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Take on the Machine – The Transistor

Enjoy! We promise to openSource everything once we get it a little more sorted. Pictures / build logs / parts lists / specifications will be posted soon. (Forgive the quick write-up.) While the game worked great, we do have future plans (hints below).

[video and build information after the break]

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Take on the Machine – Artisans Asylum – Part 2

Artisans Asylum: Part Two

[video after the break]

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Take on the Machine – Artisans Asylum – Part 1

Artisans Asylum: Part One

[video after the break]

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Take on the Machine: Crash Space – Part 2

Crash Space: Part 2

[video after the break]

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