Derby Makers

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Capturing USB communications to reverse engineer a driver

The USB specification includes details of how various standard devices should communicate so that they Just Work without needing a specific driver for your operating system (OS). The standards don’t include all devices and functionality though, so sometimes manufacturers define… Continue Reading →

Balloon Launch Cancelled

The launch attempt for Sunday 16th September has been cancelled. Due to a break in at the Drum Hill launch site we won’t have access to the site for the launch. We now need to make an application for a… Continue Reading →

Making a tent footprint from a cheap tarpaulin

Background If you already know what a footprint is and why you might want one you can skip this section. A footprint is an extra groundsheet that provides extra protection on rough ground, especially for lightweight tents with delicate groundsheets…. Continue Reading →

More Tuesday Meetings

In addition to the recently announced meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, we will now be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Note that this isn’t quite the same as every other Tuesday, so if in… Continue Reading →

Announcing Tuesday Makers Meetings

For those who can’t make Thursdays, or just want to meet more often, we’ll be trying Tuesday meetings. We’ll be starting with the first Tuesday of the month, but if it proves popular we may be able to make it… Continue Reading →

Congratulations to Rob on his Mainframe award

One of our Makers, Rob Wilkes, has recently won a Mainframe award for his Lightwave Interactive lighting products. You may have seen his table at the Mini Maker Faire, or some of the prototypes on a Thursday evening over the… Continue Reading →

HifiBerry MiniAmp and speech synthesis

A while back HifiBerry gave us a MiniAmp to play with – thanks guys! We wanted to use it for something in the Silk Mill, but as playing music in there isn’t really on (at least in the normal course… Continue Reading →

Software for Makers

One question that often comes up when people are looking at the machines is ‘What software do I use with this?’ I hope this gives a quick introduction. We’ll stick to free software where possible. By machine type 2D Machines… Continue Reading →

Raspberry Pi Heating Control

NOTE: this article will be starting slim and expand as I get round to it. I hope the CMS doesn’t remove my formatting and links again… Domestic heating control has seemed a bit primitive to me for a while now…. Continue Reading →