Friday, Sept 12th: Digital Game Night – Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator

September 11, 2014


Anyone who has watched Star Trek has probably imagined stepping onto the bridge and channeling their inner Kirk. Well here’s your chance! This Friday at HackPittsburgh, we will be playing Artemis, the Spaceship Bridge Simulator. A description of the game based on the website (

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, Sensors, and Weapons. A sixth player serves as the captain, and with no direct control of the ship must coordinate the actions of all five stations to control the ship and defend the sector.

Artemis will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (Probably Windows 8, but we haven’t tested this). It’s also available as an app for iOS, and Android devices ($2.99), which are cross-compatible with the PC version (i.e., you can use a tablet to serve as one of the stations). If you have a laptop or tablet that you can use to run the game, please bring it (however it is not required!). The best way to tell if you can run the game is to download the demo from the website and run it. If it works, great! If not, then don’t worry, we will try to have extra workstations available.

Free and open to the public! The doors open at 7pm. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.

PS: Don’t forget to bring a computer or tablet!


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We got an awesome write up in EDN! Check it out!

September 1, 2014

EDN wrote an article about 9 World Maker Faire makers not to miss and gave us some cool props.

Check out the write up in the link below.


Laser Cutter Retrieval Update 2

August 26, 2014

I made it back!

We had some trouble getting it into the truck because of the size of the docks but the nice people over at CFI in New Jersey got it figured out. After leaving, I went to get some gas and we couldn’t fill the tank! Lucky the guy at the second station was smart enough to look under the truck and see that the rubber hose was kinked. He fixed it fairly easily and I was on my way!

Turnpike Driving Back

Turnpike Driving Back

I ran into the wind farm on the way back too. Wow they are BIG!

Wind Farm Close Up

Wind Farm Close Up

I even had to go through a few tunnels. Those mountains are BIG.

Allegheny Mountain Tunnel

Allegheny Mountain Tunnel

But I eventually made it back and we got it unloaded. Don’t let the GIF fool you, It took forever to get unloaded. That thing is HEAVY!

(click the photo below for an animated version)

Laser Cutter Unload

Laser Cutter Unload (click for animated Gif)

Laser Cutter Unloaded 1

Laser Cutter Unloaded

Laser Cutter Unloaded Group Photo

Laser Cutter Unloaded Group Photo

Next update: Installation!


Laser Cutter Retrieval Update 1

August 24, 2014

I made it to New Jersey in one piece! Below are a few photos from the ride out there!

I pickup the truck tomorrow at 11:30 then I will be driving to pick up the laser cutter!!!
Members, I will need help unloading this tomorrow at the shop. An estimated ETA of me getting back to the shop is around 6 ~ 7p. What you can do to help in the mean time… Clear a space for the laser cutter (Jim already did this Thanks!!!!). We also need a space cleared to get it into the building (still needs done). The dimensions of the box are roughly 5’ x 4’ x 4.5’.
I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted along the way! Keep your eyes on the web site, twitter or your inbox!
Headed out to get the Laser Cutter!

Headed out to get the Laser Cutter!

The Appalachian Mountains on the trip to get the Laser Cutter.

The Appalachian Mountains

Another view of the Appalachian Mountains on the trip to get the Laser Cutter

More Appalachian Mountains

A Wind Farm

A Wind Farm


Friday August 22nd – Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

August 19, 2014

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Who doesn’t like home made Ice Cream? The only part that sucks is waiting for it to freeze. Well, we have came up with a solution… LIQUID NITROGEN of course!!! Come down on Friday and take in the festivities! We will be doing a demo on Liquid Nitrogen as well as making some cool treats! Bring a recipe for your favorite ice cream and a project to work on if you’d like!

Doors open at 7pm, the event starts shortly there after. We’re located at 1936 5th Avenue, in the garage around back on Watson. Look for our flag above the door.