Future of energy: making a DIY-stirling engine

On Thursday evening we will make a DIY-Stirling-Engine out of tins, wire,  balloons and old CDs, following this  How-To I found in the internet. The engine will be powered by a candle and by ice. I haven´t build it myself yet, I don´t know how difficult it is to make it run,  so this is an experimental collaborative exploration, and it will be fun!! So far we have some tins, ballons, high-temperature-silicone, a few CDs, wire, tools, if you bring more tins ( beans, softdrinks, beer) and CDs this would be cool. The fee will be 10€ for non-members, and free for members (just need to cover expenditures of about 25€, the rest would go to the space) The vision for the futureof independent energysupply: developping a mobile lightweight stirling-engine to produce electricity based on creative commons license which powers your mobilephone/ PDA or basic electronic goods in remote disconnected areas in the world. The engine could be desktop-manufactured with the CNC-machines we have in the ODC and all over other places which have  CNC-machines....

are you in? greetings: christophe

See you on thursday. Here is explained how it works

Regular KNITTING CLUB starting today!

Introducing knitting to the ODC last Thursday was a success! Six freshly infected knitters are enthusiastic to continue with the newly learned skill on a regular basis: So, as already announced, there will be a knitting club along with the laser club as part of the traditional baustelmontag every Monday from 7pm, open and free for everyone.

Come join us knitting tonight or any following Monday, never mind which level of knitting you have. Bring your knitting equipment and wool. You can profit from the meeting in terms of exchanging techniques, experiences and possibly hardware such as wool and needles. And of course, knitting in company is even more fun than knitting alone!

ODC Basic: Cyanotype/Blaudruck

Mit Nadja Girod und Kirsten Heuschen.

Blaudruck bzw. Cyanotypie ist ein altes fotografisches Edeldruckverfahren mit typisch cyanblauen Farbtönen.

Das chemische Verfahren beruht Gegensatz zu der herkömmlichen Herstellung von Fotoabzügen auf Eisen und nicht auf Silber.

Die chemische Lösung kann sowohl auf Papier als auch auf Stoffe, Keramik und andere Materialien aufgetragen werden, danach mit Tageslicht oder UV-Lampen belichtet und mit Wasser ausgewaschen werden.

In unserem ersten Workshop werden wir mit Papier arbeiten. Jeder der 6 bis 10 Teilnehmer kann 4 bis 5 DIN-A3-große Blätter oder entsprechend viele kleinere Blätter seiner Wahl mitbringen. Ebenfalls mitzubringen sind mehr oder weniger lichtdurchlässige Objekte, die auf das Papier gelegt und dann belichtet werden.

Anmeldung erwünscht unter nadja@smil.biz oder info@kirsten-heuschen.de
Kosten: ODC-Mitglieder 10,- Euro, ODC-Gäste 15,- Euro.

ODC Basic: Knitting - Stricken

Knitting is a wonderful activity for contemplation and yet a great technique to know for making things and experiment with. Already the most simple pattern allows you create hats, scarfs, bags, toys... It is easy to learn!

Coming up Thursday I will provide a hands-on knitting workshop for knitting-newbies or people who have knitted long time ago and need some help to remember! If you have, bring yarn and the corresponding needles (that is all you need to start). For those who have none there will be a selection of yarns and needles available for purchase so you can take the gained knowledge home along with the required equipment and never stop knitting again!

A regular knitting meeting will be part of the Baustelmontag every Monday from 7pm at the ODC, starting next Monday.

See you there! Semi

Workshop fee: 5 EUR, free for members

Language: German, English on demand

knit ibook

Image by Dory Kornfeld via flickr, top image from Handbuch Stricken, Sharon Brant 2009

ONO party!

Well, this is not a party per se but we at Tactical Tech have created a character (a robot) and called him ONO. ONO is now featuring in a series of animations called Survival in the Digital Age that we would like to show you.

Be one of the first to see them, join this small party!

We will watch about 25 minutes of great animation (we were very lucky to work with fantastic animators from FILO). These animations are fun to watch but they also talk about serious issues – digital privacy and security - relevant to all of us in a very engaging way. Why not see these issue through a quirky robot's vision? Why not understand how to ensure that you know exactly what's going on when you are using your mobile phone or surfing the internet?

Check out ONO's website if you want to get a preview before making your decision to attend http://www.onorobot.org

ODC Workshop: Bluetooth

In this workshop with Sebastian you'll learn a simple technique how to connect (almost) everything you want to anything else via Bluetooth. Sensors, switches, LEDs—you name it!

Basic electronics skills are advantageous, but not required.

15 EUR for non-members, free for members. Basic electronics are provided.

If you register in advance (send an E-Mail to odcteam@betahaus.de), we can reserve kits to take home afterwards (+35 EUR).

ODC Course: Skirt and Shirt


Skirt and Shirt - klassische Schnittgestaltung (nach Maß) und ihre kreative Weiterentwicklung

Inhalt dieses Kurses ist zunächst die klassische Grundschnittkonstruktion des Rocks oder des Herrenhemds auf eigene Maße.
Danach beschäftigen wir uns mit Möglichkeiten der Weiterentwicklung in ein Modell- auf der Grundlage des Schnitts können individuell z.B. Drapierungen und vielfältige kreative Ideen ausprobiert werden.

Zuletzt wird der Modellschnitt aus einem Probestoff genäht, um seine Passform zu kontrollieren und zu optimieren.

Für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene - keine Vorkenntnisse notwendig.

Jeder TN sollte folgendes mitbringen:

  • (Druck-)bleistift, Stifte, Radiergummi, großes Geodreieck (32cm), Papier-/Stoffschere, Maßband, Kreppband (Malerklebeband schmal), Stecknadeln, Nähgarn
  • Probestoff (also billiger Stoff, mit dem die Passform des Schnitts ausprobiert werden kann) ca. 1-2 Meter je nach Modell
  • möglichst auch: Schnitträdchen, Kurvenlineale

Termine: Dienstag Abend, 19 - 22 Uhr (5 Termine à 3 Stunden)

  • 23. November 2010
  • 30. November 2010
  • 7. Dezember 2010
  • 14. Dezember 2010
  • 21. Dezember 2010

Verbindliche Anmeldung (maximal 6 Teilnehmer).

Der Workshop kostet 30 € pro Termin für Nichtmitglieder, 20 € für Mitglieder.

Ein Einstieg ist noch bis zum 3. Termin am 7. Dezember möglich.

Enable Session VIII: Designing Future Housing (Life Edited)

Ever wondered how houses might be looking like in the future? Do you have some great ideas about how to reduce our energy waste and environmental impact? Do you know about the latest designs, technology discoveries or strategies that will allow us to live a better life?

We are doing a session on future apartments and house design. At the same time, taking the opportunity to present the concepts to the contest presented by Graham Hill (Treehugger) at Jovoto: Live Edited.

A great opportunity to research in things that matter to us, and get some cash* on the side!


House like a Tree by William McDonough + Partners

At our next session we will run a design thinking process on the Brief to find out concepts that are Human Centred and offer a real difference to us and our environment. And, although we want to do it around Graham's brief, we do not want to be restricted by it, we really want to find the greatest concepts for a better living. Continue reading →
We are already collecting inspirations, so if you know something that might help on the topic, please send it to us, we will share it with all the participants!

If you are interested in the topic and want to come to our next session, please send us an email to enableberlin (at) gmail (dot) com. (for this session we need to know in advance who is coming) and come to Session VIII, Wednesday 17th of December at 19:30, in Open Design City.

Liebe Grusse

*Everybody that wants to take the concepts forward and submit proposals to Jovoto is very welcome to do so, either as individuals or teaming up with other participants.
What we ask is that if you win, you will give a share to every participants, and another share to Enable Berlin so that we can continue to develop this platform.

** If you would like to see how we did it in our last session check Enable Berlin Session VI

Open Design Christmas Part 1

scary doll body part christmas tree
Image by Brandon Cirillo via Flickr

After a vivid and comical brainstorming, the ideas for an Open Design Christmas blossomed. With everything from laser etched greetings wurst, to barbed wire tinsel, to cradle to cradle Christmas Trees.

The full list can be found here

We decided that the best next steps were to have a maker day, where everyone brings the projects that they'd be interested to do and start making together. We can then establish instructions, market demand and above have fun doing it.

So if you want to get involved with these ideas, step up (put your name on the pad next to what you wish to do), or add your own. Come along on Saturday 20th November, play innovate, experiment and share. We'll then schedule events to share the outcomes and either hijack a Christmas Market or make our own.

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GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen

SUNDAY 28. November 2010 / 15:00 to 18:00 h

ODC Workshop: GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen / bombIR

Following up on our last workshop, we will be discussing and building the bombIR project developed by GRL Canada.

[caption id="attachment_1077" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="GRL_CA showing bombIR prototype at Under Pressure Graf Festival, Montreal"][/caption]

bombIR is a scaleable drawing application built for use with a rear-projection screen and custom-made infrared pens - as well as a version for use with touchscreens -  that allows artists to physically gesture against a surface and create real-time graphical output. This is in direct response and feedback to use of the existing suite of GRL technologies (primarily LASER Tag) by graffiti writers at our events, and is aimed at providing a more physical, kinaesthetic experience of digital graffiti.

This workshop will include hands-on building of infrared pens couched in empty spray paint cans or markers - the electronics involved are very basic, so no previous knowledge is required.

If you would like to build your own and bring it home, please let us know and we'll make sure to purchase supplies for you.

We're still sourcing parts and will be able to confirm the final price of purchase, which we hope to keep at 10 Euro or less.

EDIT: We have confirmed material costs at approximately 5 Euros, and will have at least a dozen empty spray paint cans available.

Apart from material costs, this workshop is by donation - all proceeds will support programming at ODC and purchase of supplies for GRL-DE.

Time: Sunday, Nov 28th, 3pm – 6pm

Attendance & Cost: Maximum of 15 persons. Free as in beer, though donations accepted – all proceeds will go to further GRL_DE projects in Berlin and Open Design City.

Language: English. All levels of technical proficiency welcome.

Spatial and Technical Requirements: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, if applicable.

Location: ODC in Betahaus, 19-21 Prinzessinenstrasse, Kreuzberg, Berlin

contact agentscott at graffitiresearchlab dot ca | graffitiresearchlab.de

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