DEFCON – Pictures

Defcon was awesome. We had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and it was an excellent opportunity to see what other hackerspaces were doing.

More pictures after the break.

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The transistor is attending defcon! We have a limited amount of Transistor stickers we’ll be passing out so track us down if you’d like to score one.

Make: Provo Monthly

Starting September Make: Provo will be a monthly only event. We will no longer be doing a weekly public night at that point. We have updated the website calendar to reflect this. (There will be a once-a-month public Make: Provo meeting the first Saturday of each month.)

Here are some of the reasons why we have decided to switch to this model:
*** It is a lot of work to host a public night every Saturday (even though we currently don’t do a whole lot, we still have to make sure we are there, the doors are unlocked, etc)

*** We would rather have one “big” night once a month then several small nights.

*** This will give us more time to concentrate on our projects so we can show them off on the Make: Provo meetings.

*** We would like to extend the hours that Make: Provo runs. (details on the calendar)

*** We would like to start providing a free public electronics / science / etc demonstrations each month. This will help with that as we need planning time. If you are interested in teaching a class / giving a demonstration please contact us via email or PM on the forums. (Details will be posted a month in advance on the calendar)

As an example Septembers Make: Provo will include a 30-60 minutes class/demonstration on using the TI TLC5940 ic. You are encouraged to bring a MCU and some LED’s if you would like to play with one of ours for a couple hours.

As a side note: we have a nice new public desk area set up for you to set up your projects, and we are working on getting computers at all 8 stations. (We do have additional seating as needed.)

Please send questions / comments to deven [at]
Please send all flames / spam to tim [at]

Thanks Again,
tT Staff

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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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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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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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