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16  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 19, 2009, 08:24:15 am
Good question Vodka!

At this point, we do not have an agreed upon agenda, however at this first rendezvous I had hoped to accomplish some of the following:

•      1st priority - Determine the level of interest amongst the attendees of starting an official Arduino interest group . . . discussing possible meeting location, frequency, etc.

•      2nd priority - Exchange contact information (name, phone, E-mail, city) which would make communication a little bit easier than always going through the forum

•      Perhaps have a little show and tell . . . if anyone happens to bring an Arduino project with them

•      Talk about what kinds of Arduino projects we have done or are working on

•      Talk about what kinds of projects are people hoping to do in the future?

•      Discuss a little bit about our backgrounds (electrical, mechanical, programming or other?)

•      Find out if there are areas where some of us would like to get help from others to solve a problem

•      Exchange Arduino resource information (favourite web sites, suppliers, gurus, etc.)

Although much of the above could be accomplished on-line, meeting at least occasionally, face-to-face is a better way to build relationships, establish credibility and flesh out the 2D print based persona of a web forum only based group.

If we can accomplish half of the above items, we will have done well.
17  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 17, 2009, 02:04:35 pm
Nigel,

One possibility is to take a Greyhound Bus (the train schedule didn't work out). There are buses leaving TO at 7 am and 8:30 arriving in Kitchener 9:20 and 10:15 am. The round trip student fair is about $29.

If you decide to take the bus, I will pick you up at the bus depot and then take you back in the afternoon.

There are a number of departures in the afternoon between 2:30-6-:30 arriving back in TO between 4:00-8:00 pm
18  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 16, 2009, 03:41:06 pm
FusiveResonance . . . or can I call you FR

My last order from NK was about $2 via USPS and took 10 days.

In general if you ship by standard USPS > Can Post expect 9-10 days.

If you have a couple of extra shekels in your pocket, order a Proto Shield Kit (Item#: ARD-0019) and Solderless Breadboard (Item#: PRO-0004) . . . although the breadboard is very small, it is quite handy.

The proto shield is a high quality board with a fair bit of specialized real-estate, that can be used without the breadboard for some fair sized projects. Since the Arduino uses some difficult to find headers, I would also recommend buying the shield kit, rather than the bare proto shield PCB.
19  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 16, 2009, 12:26:38 pm
FusiveResonance,

Personally I would recommend the Arduino Duemilanove as your first board As the current defacto standard, you will find that it is perhaps the best known for many forum members, all the current shield boards will work with it and you will likely find it the easiest to work with. You could also consider the Seeeduino from NKC electronics, if you would like to save a couple of dollars and get a few nice features including:

•      the height of all the components are below the female headers
•      it has improved access to buttons & switches
•      it uses a Mini USB rather than the conventional Type-B USB port

As for availability (see thread replies #14-18 for suppliers), the only Canadian store front distributor that I have heard from is a place in Toronto called, Creatron Electronics. I never been there, but when I called they said that they carry the Duemilanove ($50) and the Blue Tooth version ($250) so they are very expensive.
 http://ca.local.yahoo.com/details?id=1001962091&csz=Toronto+ON&

Here are a few other web suppliers that I have personal experience with:

http://www.nkcelectronics.com/index.html
ONE OF MY TWO FAVOURITE SUPPLIERS WITH REALLY EXCELLENT SERVICE!!! When you visit the site, check out the neat little oscilloscope on the TEST page of NKC; I have one and it works very well with small microcontroller projects.

http://www.adafruit.com/
MY OTHER FAVOURITE SUPPLIER WITH REALLY EXCELLENT SERVICE!!!

http://www.robotshop.ca/
Canadian but prices are slightly higher . . . also with EXCELLENT SERVICE!!!


A few other web suppliers for whom I do not have any personal experience:

http://www.liquidware.com/shop

http://store.fungizmos.com/

http://www.makershed.com/?Click=19208

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php

Fusive . . . you should try to attend our meeting at the University of Waterloo at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 28th.


20  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 15, 2009, 10:04:07 am
Thanks Darudude
21  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 13, 2009, 02:06:46 pm
Vodka,

Oops you are correct the agreed upon date is March 21st.

Please try to book a room this week (I would but as a non-student) I don't have access.
22  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 13, 2009, 10:53:19 am
Gents,

Even though it sounds like there might only be about 3 people out tomorrow for the meeting at the University of Waterloo, it would still be good to try to get a head count. So if anyone is planning on attending, please send a message confirming your intention. (csingleton@meikleautomation.com)

Darudude and Vodka, I have not had confirmation that you have been able to book a study room. If you have then please confirm ASAP . . . otherwise, I propose that we meet at the WEST entrance of the J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall at 10:30 am on Saturday morning.

I haven't a clue as to how to recognize anyone else, but to make it easy to recognize me . . . look for an old guy, wearing an old guys hat, carrying a small metal brief case . . . full of Arduinos.
23  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 10, 2009, 08:52:44 am
Darudude and Vodka,

Please keep trying to book a specific room. If unsuccesful, please let me know where (building, room, common area, etc) where you want to meet up so that it's easy to find each other.
24  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 09, 2009, 02:48:41 pm
Darudude,

10:30 works for me.

Where exactly do you want to meet at UoW? Hopefully, somewhere easy to find.

BTW - I will send a PM directly to Mark Bramwell, Vodka and nigel_mck inviting them to the meeting.
25  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 05, 2009, 02:54:53 pm
Darudude,

How about 9 am Saturday March 21st?

Where do you want to meet at the university?

How about the rest of your Arduinians, is any one else in for a face-to-face meeting?
26  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 05, 2009, 01:58:21 pm
I guess if we can't find an actual room we could at least try meeting in a corner of one of the commons or lunch rooms.

Okay . . . so for those still following along with this thread  . . . let's pick a date to meet at UoW.

I'll leave it up to darudude to specify the starting location.

I work during the day and I am not available on Wednesday evenings. Other than a little surgery on Thursday March 12th I am open to suggestions.

Monday or Tuesday night or Saturday or Sunday morning . . . any other suggestions?
27  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: March 05, 2009, 11:14:41 am
Darudude . . . you're the dude!

Can you please follow up on the idea of hijacking some class room space at UoW?
28  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: February 28, 2009, 08:20:49 pm
For those people who have replied that they are interested in forming an Arduino Interest Group in the Waterloo, Cambridge or Kitchener areas, I have been trying to research possible meeting locations.

Since I live I Cambridge, I checked there first and discovered that the rooms available through the city's recreation department start at $20 per hour. I was extremely disappointed that the library will only allow meetings for “culturally based events” and that Arduino does not qualify or so said the snooty *bitch that didn't return my first three voice mails.

The Kitchener Library appears to be a little more cooperative and lists a cost of $35 for a two-hour room rental. This week I will contact the recreation departments of both Kitchener and Waterloo to see if there are some no charge facilities that might be available.

The Kitchener Public Library asks for program suggestions and so I have also made a suggestion to them that they consider the development and presentation of an Arduino workshop and ultimately the creation of an Arduino Interest Group.

Further information will be posted as available.

*Please note that the forum software automatically changed that word on me and while that's not quite what I called her . . . it does get the message across! smiley-wink
29  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: February 28, 2009, 07:29:33 pm
Vodka where do you live?
30  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: Arduino Interest in Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario on: February 08, 2009, 07:36:12 pm
Dirigible,

Depending upon your needs, another possible source of sensors is to make them yourself!

Not knowing what your interest is . . . I would recommend books written by Forrest M. Mims III or others from the Evil Genius series.

In fact EG actually has a book called, Electronics Sensors for the Evil Genius: 54 Electrifying Projects ISBN 0071470360 . . . available from Chapters. I have a couple of books from this series and although they seem to be written for a younger audience (I am an old guy!) the circuits seem to be well designed and fairly well documents.

I have been playing with the simple seismograph from one of Mims Engineers Mini-Notebooks (long out of print, but the same circuits have been reprinted in a single Engineers Notebook) for ultimate inclusion in my Arduino weather station project.


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