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Please explore and add-to a list of project concepts.

When you add your concept give only a short description of your concept, then make another page to present further details, media, and discussion of the project. Make sure to sign your name or add contact info so interested parties can offer support!

Transit status information

I've written something that uses schedules together with Festival to give announcements about BART trains approaching 16th Street. I intend on setting this up with a cron job to run around the time of the scheduled last trains every night (and maybe the first train in the morning if we think people may frequently stay until around 4:00 a.m.!), using the music server once it's stable. To avoid annoying people this should probably not be configured to make regular announcements at other times. Two extensions to make this more useful: (1) if we can get or make a USB-to-buttons/switches or parallel-port-to-buttons/switches adapter, we can have a big button somewhere that causes an announcement to occur (for use when people are thinking of catching BART and want to know when it's coming). (2) If we can get a big scrolling LED sign with computer control, we can have it constantly display train status -- as well as Muni bus announcements with data from NextBus, perhaps using a library to get it. Schoen 23:30, 9 October 2008 (PDT)


RepRaps are a kind of homemade 3D printers capable of self-replicating, as well as being used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. There is interest in constructing a RepRap at NoiseBridge. See RepRap.

Ambient Activity Mutating Space

Place properly signed microphones in part of the space. Pick up conversations, feed them to voice recognition software. Extract nouns and phrases from the results. Render the top results from searching these phrases on displays in the space, twitter them on the Noisebridge twitter stream, and do other fun things. Maybe also do gesture recognition, too. See Ambient Activity Mutating Space.


there's a saying to the effect that the first batch is always ruined. a similar saying says don't buy any software with a rev of 1.0. is there such a saying about wikis? should there be? what about refactoring this wiki so's to make it easier to navigate (e.g. don't have two separate "infrastructure" sections)? --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

This falls very much into the category of Just Do It. That said, it's a fairly big job that I personally have not found time to take on. If anyone wants to collaborate on wiki reorganization I'm up for that (I like Organized). Rachel 16:49, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

see discussion page for collaboration. --Jstockford 21:59, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

Hologlyphic Video Art Project

Basic project proposal:

Create an extension of existing True 3D video art performance system that would be much larger and in full color. In the existing monochromatic 6” to 19” sized system viewers see true 3D stereoscopic moving images without special glasses. A viewer can move left to right and see multiple perspectives of the same object, and multiple viewers can each see their own unique view, as in the real world. The technical process is not holography, but the visual result is the same as a white light hologram.

Collaboration proposal:

Several designs for a larger system have been worked out, after a few people see the 3D video art system, we can discuss the various methods, to asses which approach we may take.There will be two main phases to the project, the technical development and then creative content development stage, although there will be some overlap, in a good sense. See Hologlyphic Video Art.

UPDATE: Just held the first workshop on May 17, 2009. About 10 people showed up, saw the display, how it works. Next workshop will be very hands on.

Seeking funding to expand this 3D stereoscopic system-

Currently seeking funding to hold workshops at Noisebridge, which will pay for materials to construct several larger displays, and hold a collaborative art show. I'll be meeting with a fiscal sponsor Friday, May 22nd, in San Francisco at 11 AM.

I'll stop by Noisebridge at 10 AM to see if anyone interested in this project has any input as to how workshops might evolve over time. If anyone would like to have their voice heard, please show up on May 22nd between 10:00 & 10:30 AM. We can head over to the sponsor's place after then, it's at Mission and 9th.

Friday May 22nd, 10:00 AM
MEETUP at Noisebridge, Trek to meet Fiscal Sponsor-

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Noisebridge

Leaving Noisebridge at 10:30 to go over proposal with Fiscal Sponsor

--Wfunk 19 May 2009

Electronics Essentials

seems likely that people working on electronic projects would find a variable power supply and a function generator handy along with some other basic test gear (e.g. pink noise generator, resistance bridge, LC measuring device...). many such things are available as kits. i've got one or two myself and would like to build them down there and leave them for people to use. what cautions wrt other peoples' careful use? signs or brief instruction sheets helpful? --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

anyone want to collaborate on building kits and devices? OtherElectronicProjects --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

I brought some random retro gear along those lines, they're on a shelf labeled as donated by Skory. If they look of use please take them and have your way with them. --elgreengeeto

I bought a bunch of cheap but universally useful components: about 1000 resistors, 300 capacitors, diodes, wire, etc. I'm taking suggestions for other cheap but handy electronics I aught buy in bulk. dstaff.


Ani is starting a project that would bring gaming to the space, specifically inside an old style arcade cabinet. It would be based off of a PC running game emulators and will also have a arcade style joystick and buttons. Interested? See the project page here: Arcade She's needing some help specifically with a computer and actually designing and building the cabinet itself.

Python classes

Proposed at Python classes. Schoen 21:20, 26 October 2008 (PDT)

Pimping up the lights

I want to pimp up Noisebridge's lights with a digital web-controlled interface. (Don't worry, there will still be switches that just-work.) See Lighting. Once I have enough work done, I'll bring it up at a meeting. If anyone wants to help with construction or software, let me know. I think I have the electronics under control. -- Dstaff

how about LED lights on a 12VDC circuit? --Jstockford 08:55, 14 November 2008 (PST)


Every hackerspace needs a payphone, and we are no exception. Several of us have been working on making it a functional member of the community. Details can be found here.


Steen and Skory have been developing a gestural interface system using processing, IR leds, and chutzpah. Wiki page and documentation pending.

Gastrohacking SOE

We are enough mad food hackers that we should make sure that a SubOrganizational Entity with regular food hacking meet-ups, events, workshops, cook-offs, and participation in TGRWT challenges. We would like to work our way through the recipes or ideas from the great scientific chefs: Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal et.c. Make things like: Blue cheese / chocolate souffle and lemon tempura with licorice. Build and use a sous vide bath and a computer controlled automated bbq.

Wiki Watch

the wiki is getting wacky. over time it may get so crufty as to be unhelpful. this "concept" suggests some of us pay attention to our wiki to keep it useful, something like managing a garden:

  • some items are old and no longer useful, like weeds, they should be removed. if an audit trail or history is needed, move old stuff to an antiquities section.
  • there are redundancies which should be consolidated (move all the gardenias to the same bed).
  • it might be nice to use the discussion (talk) pages more and the article pages less so the text on the article pages reflects concensus of the discussion (and reduces the amount of words the reader must slog through).
  • wiki technologies offer some features that might be good to promote. an example is "categories": if you look at special pages, you'll see a categories page listed; click it and you'll see the categories, one of which is "projects". it might be nice that we're aware of the projects category and tag some articles as projects. the benefit is easier wiki navigation. the downside, of course, is that all humans, even enlightened intelligent and well-meaning humans, are at times douchebags and won't bother to read about how to do things in ways other than what the current feelings dictate.

if you have feelings about watching the wiki, add your voice, please. perhaps we can get up a wikiwatch group to encourage each other to manage the mess. --Jstockford 09:13, 14 November 2008 (PST)

Getting and Giving Stuff

if we get stuff, where to put it? there are the sharing and hacking shelves, probably incoming should go on one of those two sets.

it would be nice to have an outgoing shelf, a place to put stuff that we no longer want. maybe the very bottom shelf in the hacking set? other?

how about trips to take stuff to ACCRC? a trip to ACCRC could be just to take stuff, just to see the place, just to spend time working as volunteers, or some combo. --Jstockford 10:35, 17 November 2008 (PST)

Natural language Interest

With the success of Mandarin corner, people have expressed interest in covering additional natural languages. I've set up a page for people to sign up and state their level of competency in various natural languages.

DIY Bio @ Noisebridge

Noisebridge as a jumping off point for project organization, in-silico development and limited safe labwork for hacking the genome, proteins, cells and beyond! In the works is a series of diy bio salon/lecture sessions. Please read the Noisebridge Lab Safety and Ethics Page --h0mee

NB Cell Network

Let's set up some internal GSM with open source hardware and software on one side and proprietary GSM hardware on the other. See NB Cell Network.

Passive Cooling

Submersion cooling is an attempt to cool items/systems by submerging the object in a liquid which will radiate the heat away from the object. Start off with a basic computer submerged in mineral oil and take it from there. -- John Menerick --

Autonomous Flying Platform

Create a loosely coupled autonomous flying platform solution. The current best way to do this is with a G1 phone running android using GPS, internal compass, and accelerometers. We will start with a blimp. Once we have the blimp figured out, we will then attempt to control an rc helicopter. see Autonomous Flying Platform.