The core board members are still working on procuring a home for Eugene Makerspace. We will be sure to update the site as soon as we have make a decision. We decided that in the mean time we could post information about projects people have been working on in the Eugene area to get people motivated and excited about things to come. I thought I would start by posting about a project I worked on last weekend with my friend Ellery.
We spent a few hours procuring parts an putting together a Ruben's tube. A Ruben's tube is basically just a piece of metal pipe with a line of small holes drilled along one side. You cap off one end of the tube, and on the other you mount a speaker. You then pump flammable gas into the tube and ignite the line of small holes so you end up with what looks like a long line of Bunsen burners. When you play pure tones through the tube, the pressure from the sound waves will cause the flames to vary in height. This allows you to actually see sound waves in real time... in fire. It's awesome. Here is a video clip from one of our first successful runs with the Ruben's tube.
A full write up of how the Ruben's tube was built can be found over at my website. There are also lots of photos of the build process and some other fun videos of the tube in action.
Do you live in the Eugene, Oregon area? Have you been working on fun projects lately that you would like featured on our site? Let us know about it! For now you can email rick (at) eugenemakerspace.com and let me know. I know there are lots of people in the area who do fun stuff. Lets get it out in the open and start building our hackerspace community!