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JavaScript Drones and Hardware Hacking Night

Forsooth! Hardware Hacking!

This month we are all getting together to enjoy some fun hardware hacking, conversing and developing in general open spaces.

Dust off those Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone and other hardware pieces you have sitting around and lets get together and light some LEDs or fly some ARDrones! No project is too crazy and no technology is off-limits.  Bring your JavaScript, Node.js, Ruby, or C# skills to bear.  Or anything else!

Come on out to Hyland Software this month and bring your hardware pieces so we can all show off what we've been doing or just to learn how to connect those LED's to your bread board.

When is it and where do I go?

The gathering will be held on Monday, April 28,[masked]:30pm at Hyland Software located at 28500 Clemens Road in Westlake, OH.

The awesome people at Hyland have once again graciously offered their support to the growing Cleveland technology community. They've made available their giant conference room with three projectors, audio and internet connectivity. We will have pizza and refreshments on hand provided by Cloud CMS.

Presentation - ARDrone in Action

Will Yaworsky (@yaworswwill present on how to use Node.js to connect to, control and fly an ARDrone using JavaScript.  He's talk about the API, what he needed to do to set things up and will cover the code so that we can see how easy it is.  He'll then fly it around the room.  He's a skilled drone pilot so there is nothing to fear.

Open Spaces

We'll then break out into open spaces for project work.  Bring anything you'd like and use the time to build and noodle around.  If you'd like to share something you've been working on, we'll have space for you tod o that.  As always, if you are working to get up and going with JavaScript and Node, there will also be people available to assist and hack on that with you also.

What hardware should I bring?

You can bring anything you like!  If you're new to this (like me), then we recommend one of the following to get started:

• Raspberry Pi ($35) -

• Raspberry Pi Full Starter Kit ($85) -

• Espruino ($39) -

• Beagle Board ($89) -

These are all fairly inexpensive and pretty awesome and they have a lots of really neat projects documented for them.  These are all general purpose devices that you can use for lots of different projects.  They're great to tinker around with and will definitely be a source for a lot of learning and fun.


So come one and come all for an exciting night of hacking and hardware!

The Cleveland JS meetup is a great place to hang if you want to sharpen your skills, ask gnarly coding questions, find development talent or promote your project. Got something to contribute - come down and hang with us!

See you there!

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  • Chris R.

    I have an Espruino I've been looking to make use of, but I'm no good with hardware or hardware-like projects. Do I need anything other than the board/power and a laptop?

    April 7, 2014

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