Hackaday MakeIt NYC: The Halloween Special

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Join us for an extra spooky installment of Hackaday MakeIt NYC at ThoughtWorks (http://www.thoughtworks.com/about-us)! Halloween, our favorite time of the year, is nearly upon us and our next meetup on Wednesday, October 25th will be in the spirit of the season. Don't miss it!

Are you working on some cool Halloween hacks? Let us know! This season is a great excuse to finally get started on your wildest, craziest ideas.

We'll convene once again with our ThoughtWorks (https://www.thoughtworks.com/about-us) friends during their weekly Hardware Hack Lab. If you have a project that you'd like to bring and work on, you are more than welcome to participate in HHL as well.

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James Lo (http://thisisreal.nyc/) is a composer/sound designer for contemporary dance (two time New York Dance and Performance “BESSIE” Award winner), an embedded systems engineer (works by Robert Ashley, Elizabeth Streb, and David Behrman), a drummer (in the bands Chavez and Live Skull), and a retired enterprise software consultant (Merck, Pfizer, Merrill Lynch/BofA, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, AON, and Morgan Stanley).

James will be presenting his technical design for This Is Real, an immersive theater horror experience. How can you automate a show on a shoestring budget? How can a stage manager call a show that she can neither see nor predict? Which is more conductive, fake blood or real?

Will Sakran (http://metreideasanddesign.com/metre/) is an electrical engineer, product designer, and toy tinkerer. He has a weird and wide range of experience, from missile detection systems to dancing Elmo dolls. This includes seven fun-filled years as an engineer at Fisher-Price where he worked on Sesame Street, Winnie the Pooh, Thomas & Friends, and Dora the Explorer toys. He now has his own electronics design shop in Brooklyn.

Foxonix (http://www.foxonix.com/) is an open hardware platform for creating awesome projects with your own custom sound content. It's based on a microcontroller with built-in audio playback hardware. It's perfect for toys, games, costumes, and art projects, or pretty much anything you want to add music or sound effects to. There will be lots of fun demos to play with, and we'll discuss how Foxonix can be used to take Halloween projects to the next level.