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 www.GetLofi.com 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 http://www.facebook.com/cmkt4

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 irc.freenode.net

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

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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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Halloween Bonus Video!

I just found this video from the Halloween Party, so now you can all see where Unicorns gain their Powers. Enjoy.

[video after the break]

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Make:Provo Reminder

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that we are now holding a Make:Provo meeting every Saturday from 4PM to 8PM, followed by Game Night until we feel like going home. Be sure to check the Calendar page for any last minute changes to hours or scheduling before you come down. Everyone is welcome, so bring your projects, ideas and friends down to meet with your local hacker/maker community. We already had a couple new faces last week, and hopefully we’ll see many more in the future.

Below you should find posts of our more memorable moments as we ended 2010 here at the Transistor. We look forward to another great year of projects, making hacking, and having a jolly good time, and we hope you’ll all come down and be a part of the wonderful Utah hackerspace scene. Also, keep an eye out for an update in the near future about our recently completed MAME cabinet design and build. We’ll be posting our plans so you can make one too!

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Introducing the Gorduino!

Peoples of the Internet, the Transistor is happy to introduce our first official board design release: The Gorduino. Designed by tT member Gordon Cooper, it is our favorite way to build a quick prototyping board out of one of our Minimalist Arduino Kits. Head over to the Project Page for schematic downloads and look below for pictures of the first production run of the Gorduinos.

The Original Gorduino

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