This monday I paid a visit to the new FabLab on our very own campus at the University College of Ghent.

The FabLab offers a space where students can produce their own designs or just print stuff downloaded from thingiverse. The place is still in a build-up phase but have a look at all the good(ness/ies) it has already.

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2 Bits from Bytes RepMan's

These can be purchased as a kit from BitsFromBytes

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Funky Fan

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Mr. MakerBot aka Cupcake

Not entirely sure but my guess is the Cupcake was gutted from it’s electronics to be used to power the lasercut Mendel below.

The lasercut mendel is a thesis project by Frederic Decru aka the Lasercut-Mendel-Guy. He can be seen in this video and the model can be obtained from thingiverse by going here

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Lasercut Mendel

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Lasercut Mendel looking all Acrylicalicaly'ish

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Lasercut Mendel's good side

I hope to get me a lasercut mendel somewhere in the near future.

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Batist and a printed Mendel

Batist started the FabLab and is seen constructing a printed version of the Mendel RepRap.

I hope to, someday soon, reserve a slot on one of the 3D printers in the FabLab and print the case I’m designing for my IGEPv2 board.


A month ago I received my IGEPv2 platform from  ISEE

DSCN9856 1024x768 IGEPv2 Platform

It’s a beagleboard clone with the exception that this version comes packed with a RJ45 10/100Mb ethernet connection, bluetooth and  802.11b/g wifi. Oh and the price is about the same as a beagleboard (it’s actually cheaper then a BB when you opt for the non-wifi version).



A month has passed since the official opening of Whitespace aka 0x20 in Ghent… and all I can say: it’s been awesome!

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openwrt talk @ opening weekend

Note : a whitespace is the 32nd Unicode character, 32 in hex is 0x20

The space keeps growing each week, well not physically, but member- and hardware-wise.

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router flashing @ opening weekend

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donated oscilloscope

Whitespace now has it’s own blog showing progress on projects and cool stuff happening in the space.

Meetings take place every thursday from 19h30-0h00, please feel welcome to drop by, it’s free .

The space is located @ Blekerijstraat 75, room 1.21, 9000 Gent, België

This clip shows how to get to room 1.21 once you’re in front of the gate :

What you do next:

– Get on the mailing list

– Follow the twitter bird

– Join the IRC channel : #0x20 on irc.freenode.org

– Read the blog : http://0x20.posterous.blog

– Read the wiki :  http://0x20.be/


Since a couple of weeks Ghent has it’s first hackerspace named Whitespace (after the street it’s located : Blekerijstraat).

ws logo Ghent has a hackerspace : Whitespace

Whitespace is driven partly by a bunch of people who started/helped growing, hackerspace Brussels but live in Ghent and wanted to skip the commute. The other part are  new enthousiastic locals (like me) who are commited to build something great.




This blog has been online for little over a month and I can only witness it picking up momentum.


Page views have been doubling week by week and I’m receiving nice feedback and comments from visitors all over the globe.



An arduino, a DB18S20 one-wire temperature sensor and an LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) are hooked up with some resistors and an ethernet shield to make a datalogger and webmonitor.

 Arduino temperature data logger



 Arduino Pong using S65 Shield

Since today was a holiday (here in Belgium) I had a few moments to spare so I wrote a quick and dirty version of pong for the arduino using the S65 shield.

Check the video after the break…



MAKE made another excellent video with Collin Cunningham. This time it’s on how inductors work. Learn more about wire coils and their capacity to store energy in electromagnetic fields.

Be sure to check out the other videos …



In this third and final part I’ll show you how to get the arduino to access a website using an ethernet shield and php. The data can then be displayed in a number of ways. Here the data is simply printed one line at a time.

Each time motion is detected, the networked arduino connects to the web and executes a php script which writes the time and date of the event to a text file. When you want to check if motion was detected, acces a different php script which displays all (if any) recorded events.

Check my next post to see how to send sensor data from the arduino to a website using php.

If you followed part 1 and part 2 all you need to do for part 3 is change the code of the receiving arduino since we’re only changing the output from ‘blink a led’ to ‘access a website’.



Santa came early this year and brought me a S65-Shield revision 1.2 from watterott

 Arduino Goodness : Watterott S65 Shield 172x136 pixels 16 bit color display

S65 displaying random text

It consists of :

– a Siemens S65 16-bit color screen with 172×136 pixels

– a rotary switch (left-right-press)

– a micro-SD slot (bottom)