Almost one year ago, I helped raise funds for a new hackerspace called Mothership Hackermoms . It’s an extremely unique hackerspace dedicated to mothers and the challenges they face in terms of schedule, tools, childcare, and of course safety. It’s still difficult to believe that only one year ago, it was largely a glimmer in the eye of a handful of moms. In that year, they were able to successfully acquire a space, spoke at the huge Bay Area Maker Faire, became a pillar in the local maker community, hosted many extremely unique events, and became a refuge, oasis, and an inspiration to many frazzled mothers. 

I had the pleasure of spending a few days with hackermoms last time I was in Oakland visiting my sister (Sho Sho Smith), one of the founders of hackermoms. It was easy to fall in love with the space, people, and of course the children there and I found myself spending quite a bit of time in the playroom with the kids. The things I remember the most are hearing the members talk about how hackermoms changed their life, seeing a huge increase in confidence in my sister, and the fearless approach my 4 year old niece exhibited towards making things (as well as asking me to buy supplies to make those things).  

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Captions: [left] Mothership Hackermoms in their space in Berkeley [middle] Me and my two nieces, Scarlett and Magenta. They're regulars at Hackermoms [right] A FabTile workshop at FabCafe

Today was kind of strange. I normally am pretty busy doing designs. It's busy enough that I try to ignore as many distractions as possible, try not to leave the house, and mainly just concentrate on what I'm designing, milling, assembling, or whatever else needs to be done. But a Kickstarter project was brought to my attention via Twitter that for some reason, struck enough of an emotional chord in me, that I felt the need to comment on it .

I'm not a stranger to posting comments. Most people that know me also know that I'm opinionated and can sometimes be a bit of a jerk about it. This was a bit different though because not only did it require me to spend the time and thought to write the comment, but I also had to pay $10 to do it. The issue at hand was a Kickstarter project that, in it's campaign sales pitch, overtly stated that it was a direct clone of the Makerbot Replicator . It was actually used as a selling point.
Thanks for the patience. I'm back from vacation and it was quite invigorating :)

Hi all.

The FreakLabs Store will be shutdown from 6/28 to 7/18 for me to take a much needed vacation. I'll be heading to sunny California to hang out with my family, check out the hackermoms space, play with my nieces, and generally unwind. Sorry about the inconvenience.


The team at I Heart Engineering recently sent me this pic of a robotics project for a scientific expedition in an abandoned mind where the Freakduino was used. I was quite happy to hear that it was working properly and he was even using his custom mesh code on it :)

This was just a test, but the idea is to have a robot that can perform mapping and deploy a mesh network and communicate back information about the environment. Being able to detect Radon, Methane and other hazards underground could be really useful. - Bill Morris 


It's been a long time since I blogged on my site. I was burned out from the radiation monitoring buildout and having multiple things going on at the same time. The time away was good so that I could focus on projects I've been wanting to do for a long time. Since then, I've started on a lot of interesting projects and I've actually wanted to talk more about them. Posting bits and pieces on social media outlets is not the same. I've also had a lot of time to think about many different things. I guess this means that I'm going to restart blogging again. This post is mostly just to get things going so I don't have that huge mental barrier to overcome. More later :) 

I just released the latest version of the chibiArduino code. There are two main changes:

1) The code was modified and tested to be compatible with the Arduino v1.0 IDE as well as previous versions.

2) The code has been moved to github.

I think that's about it. Sorry I didn't make the changes for the Arduino 1.0 compatibility sooner. It was actually pretty painless. The move to github is nice too. Its much nicer to have the repo online rather than having to juggle the version control on my local computer. 

Here's the project link:

Link to chibiArduino Project