By Madeline Rae (CAS’14, COM’14)
Artisan’s Asylum Opens Their Electronics and Robotics Lab
Whether you’re new to the electronics world or have been fooling around with circuit boards since you were a kid, all circuit hackers need the proper tools to create their high-tech gadgets. Fortunately, Artisan’s Asylum, the nonprofit community craft studio that includes a fully equipped manufacturing facility, hosts a free Circuit Hacking Night every Wednesday, giving innovators a chance to thrive at little to no cost.
The event includes a free introductory soldering lesson in Artisan Asylum’s Electronics and Robotics lab, led by experienced electronics and circuitbending instructor, Jimmie Rodgers. Electronics kits are available for sale for those new to the production business, but participants are also encouraged to bring in any unfinished electronics projects they might have at home. Proceeds from the sale of the electronics kits go directly toward maintaining Artisan’s Asylum’s equipment.
The weekly event at this 40,000-square-foot artist/hacker/maker collective has a laid-back atmosphere. Its goal is to bring hackers together to create something new in a fun environment.
Artisan’s Asylum urges visitors to take safety precautions. They recommend wearing closed-toe shoes while in the lab. It’s also advisable to leave any dangling jewelry at home. All participants must be at least 18 years old and register for the event in advance on Eventbrite. Highly trained hackers and engineers will be on hand in the lab to help with any questions or problems that may arise throughout the night.
Free Circuit Hacking Night takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6, (and every Wednesday evening) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Artisan’s Asylum’s Electronics and Robotics Lab, 10 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. To get there via public transportation, take any MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street and transfer there to a Red Line train heading toward Alewife. Get off at the Porter Square stop. From there, it’s about an 18-minute walk. Register for tomorrow’s event here.
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