Space Probe

angusgr — Sat, 21/05/2011 - 1:51pm

Need to tell people when the Hackerspace is open for hacking? Use the Space Probe! It tweets & emails to let people know when the space opens and closes.

Before we had the Space Probe, people would write to the mailing list - but it’s easy to forget to email, especially if you came in to work on non-computer-centric projects or if you need to leave in a hurry.

Here is a video about using the Space Probe:

Technical Summary

The Space Probe is made out of a laboratory power supply that I spotted in a dumpster and looks like this:

Space Probe

Inside the probe enclosure is an Arduino clone wired in and using a Freetronics EtherTen as an HTTP server, for a simple web API (More info). On the router is a program written in Lua, which performs all of the probe’s functions. Source code is all online here.

The server-side portion of the Space Probe configuration at MHV is documented on the space wiki.

Issue tracker voltagex — Wed, 23/11/2011 - 8:37pm As well as pestering Angus directly, you can pester him on GitHub: