Vienna High Altitude Balloon

I’ve been quiet for some time again becaus I became a member of the vieHAB Project. It was started about 4 years ago by Erwin (OE1FEA) but remained dorment for the most of this time. We met at the monthly Metafunk amateur radio meeting where I attended a course to get my ham radio license.
Basically I wanted to do such a project for a long time but never got around doing it. So I jumped the opportunity and became hardware guy. The whole project will be published as OSHW. For our first start vieHAB-1 we will use ready to use modules like an arduino and ublox gps on breakout boards with a backplane.
It is planned to have 2 cams, 2 temperature and preassure sensors, 2m and 70cm radio, GPS and SD-card on board for the first start. I will keep you posted on progress every now and then.

There shall be booze!

And I had some more time on my hand to visit the legen-wait for it-dairy roböxotica. Where a lot of fine folks work on making Asimov’s vision come true.
So lets just start at the entrance:
The Cock’s Bar was right behind the door after you ascended to the second floor.

I only saw this later this evening, therefor not so many tech-pix, more the sheer coolness of the robots:

Bodysnatchers anyone?

The whole thing didn’t just looks as creepy as these pics:) I liked the machine (they had a very sophisticated set-up only the drink was a little too sweet and too strong for my taste but they made up by manually manually tweaking my drink. No! not what you mean the guy at the MASCHIENENKONSOLE (sorry folks, couldn’t keep names that night 😉 put some numbers in his laptop and there i got some extra orange juice!

Then my lady and me stumbled across the LoveBot 4000 where we got cranberry-vodka shots when we kissed before it. Awesome idea Folks!
Sorry folks, the only pic I got shows two friends of mine and I don’t show their image without consent.

Next up was the MELMACC, and I had at least 4 drinks made by it and I have to say, the night went blurry from there on.

Sheer awesomeness.

And not only does it make your drink it like above, no no no, it makes it anti-Bond style with an extra: The straw gets a sticker with the drinks name on it and if you ordered from facebook you’d get your username on it too!

…and it’s brains are running on some fpga and an eee-PC. Where could you go wrong? Some guy said that they were rocking the party for years with this incredible machine.

And finally the weirdest of all: Reverse Miracle by Veronika Krenn and Oliver Kellow.

They made the miracle of converting perfectly good wine to water possible. In a two-step process first the alcohol is evaporated chilled through a water-cooled pipe and collected in a glass container. When the evil spirits are gone, a little turntable turns and purified water leaves the pipe: Reverse miracle!

Tough I had a great time, I had to move on to a birthday party – and well lets just say I only had two beers there :)….

555 contest fup && thank you

I got really lucky with my 555 contest entry this spring because after all the winners claimed their prizes I got an email from chris saying that I will receive the Xilinx SP601 fpga-kit. Wooooohoooooo!

So after some I received the box and wanted to say thanks to all you guys involved and especially Xilinx for giving out such a cool thing.

On a side note: I didn’t know how costly international shipping was until I received the board. 46 € to get a kilo from the US to Europe + 12 € import toll. Really, individual shipping is very expensive. This makes me even more jealous of you US guys with your tons and tons of surplus hardware you have.

Anyway thanks to all of you and I hope there will be a new electronic design contest next year.