[Announce-nycbug] FW: [nylug-talk] NY Linux Users Grp. 16 June Meeting: Mikey Sklar onElectric Clothing: circuit/microcontroller/hardware design, programming

G. Rosamond george at sddi.net
Fri Jun 11 13:31:30 EDT 2004


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>Subject: [nylug-talk] NY Linux Users Grp. 16 June Meeting: 
>Mikey Sklar onElectric Clothing: 
>circuit/microcontroller/hardware design,programming
>June 16th, 2004
>IBM Headquarters Building
>590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
>12th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency
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>                     Mikey Sklar (Electric Clothing)
>                                  -on-
> Electric Clothing: circuit/microcontroller/hardware design, 
>   Mikey Sklar, an electric-clothing hobbiest, will speak about
>   several wearable outfits he has developed over the last year. All
>   source code, schematics, and circuit board layouts were developed
>   using open source software (ported to *BSD, OS X). All software and
>   hardware designs are free and can be used by anyone else. Materials
>   used consist of computer fans, LEDs, El Wire (electroluminescence
>   wire, flexible neon), Flat El, PIC microcontrollers, homebrew PCBs,
>   velcro and conductive thread.
>   In the last half decade, teaching the `physical aspect' of
>   computing to students with non engineering backgrounds has been on
>   the rise in American universities. MIT's Media Labs, NYU's ITP
>   program, and Washington State University have classes where
>   students learn about bridging the everyday analog world to the
>   digital world. Sensors and inexpensive microcontrollers provide the
>   roadbed we need to traverse from clumsy desktops to new discreet
>   embedded devices. Devices often capable of performing the likes of
>   20 million operations a second for just a few dollars.
>   Not surprisingly, open source software (filling a need) hands a
>   bounty of development tools to the electric clothing
>   do-it-yourselfer. With which novice Unix-savvy microcontroller
>   enthusiasts can easily download and install many different programs
>   for their hardware development. Specifically, an open source
>   operating system such as Linux can run microcontroller software
>   including assemblers, compilers, simulators, and rom burners.
>   Fairly sophisticated schematic design, and circuit board layout
>   programs exist in which all of the source code is available, and
>   well supported via mail lists. Your refrain for this meeting: You
>   sew, you conquer.
>  For More Information Visit:
>     * Mikey Sklar's Site. Detailed information on Mikey's projects,
>       tool chain, and others doing this sort of work can be found
>       here.
>        http://www.electric-clothing.com/
>     * ``All of the development software I use is Open Source. Most of
>       it was written primarily for Linux, but quickly got ported to
>       other BSDs and MAC OS/X.''
>        http://www.electric-clothing.com/tools/index.html
>     * Design and Fabrication of Textile-Based Computing
>        http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/sj/393/part3/post.html
>  About Mikey Sklar:
>   Mikey has been using Linux for nearly ten years, is a professional
>   Unix sysadmin for the last eight of those years. Working life
>   includes, AT&T Wireless, Hughes Space & Com, and Morgan Stanley. He
>   specializes in remote system management hardware and firmware
>   solutions for Linux. His interest in wearable electronics is a full
>   time hobby. The ultimate goal, to decrease the electric clothings'
>   weight while increasing the functionality of the consumer
>   electronics which hang from his belt.
>Free Stuff!
>    Swag of undetermined value and quantity may be distributed on a
>    first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for the best 
>    GPG cryptography. Immediately after the presentation and continuing
>    at Stammtisch we will be gathering for a keysigning. For those who
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>    our howto docs are a must read. http://www.nylug.org/keys
>    After the meeting ... Join us around 8:30pm or so at TGI Friday's,
>    located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th Street, second floor.
>    Northeast corner.
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