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We’ve gotten quite a bit done at the transistor; this last week we completed the tables for the public work area, and it’s looking great.

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The great folks over at PJRC generously donated seven teensy 2.0 dev boards to The Transistor. We’re going to set them up in the public work area so visitors without a dev board can have an opportunity to try their hand at microcontroller development.

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After extensive planning and discussion we’ve been altering the layout of the transistor to better accommodate all the members while also making the space more inviting to visitors. It’s been a lot of work and there is still a lot to do, but we’re already seeing it all come together. The majority of it should be done within the next few weeks.

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Independence days

A lot is happening at the transistor. Because of the increase in members we’re once again altering the layout to better utilize the somewhat limited space we have. The process has been democratic, everyone has had great ideas, and thanks to Tim and Deven’s persistence we have a plan that everyone seems happy with.

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theTransistor Google Group

Join us on google groups at:

Or email the group at:

everyone AT thetransistor DOT com

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This past week we have been going through the various components generously donated to us recently, it’s time consuming but pleasant work. As we get an idea of what’s available it also serves as a source of inspiration for future projects.

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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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John’s Robot Arm

This past weekend at Make:Provo, John remade his robot arm of old using sturdier components. Check out the video after the break.

John with Arm

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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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Donation Day

A while back we had a few parts donated to us. Here is a picture of the modest shipment.

Donation Day

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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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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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