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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 16 June 2004 NYLUG: Mikey Sklar on Electric Clothin

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 16 June 2004 NYLUG: Mikey Sklar on Electric Clothing: circuit/microcontroller/hardware design, programming
Date: 15 Jun 2004 01:17:30 -0400

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June 16th, 2004
IBM Headquarters Building
590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
12th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency

** RSVP Instructions **
    Unless you have already rsvp'ed for a prior meeting, everyone
    should RSVP to attend.
    Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge and room number.

                     Mikey Sklar (Electric Clothing)
 Electric Clothing: circuit/microcontroller/hardware design, programming

   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
     * ``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.''
     * Design and Fabrication of Textile-Based Computing

  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 selection.

    GPG cryptography. Immediately after the presentation and continuing
    at Stammtisch we will be gathering for a keysigning. For those who
    already have keys, please remember to bring paper printouts of your
    40-character key fingerprint, as per the instructions in our howto
    docs. If you haven't created a key yet, and for keysigning details,
    our howto docs are a must read.

    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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