Tokyo Hacker Space and Safecast

Tokyo Hacker Space and Safecast

Today’s Configuration: Canon 5D MK2 with a Canon L Series 24-70mm f/2.8 with a Canon 580 EX with1/2 CTB gel. 今日のカメラ:私のCanon 5D MK2をつかいます。レンズはCanon L シリーズ24-70mm f/2.8とCanon580をつかいました。

Shijuku, Tokyo, Japan....

しんじゅく、東京、日本。。。

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Meet my friend Pieter...and check out his cool Fuji Film x100 and more importantly notice what is in his left hand.

こちらが私のともだちピーターです。 ピーターのかっこいいFujiFilmのx100です。ピーターのひだりの手になにがありますか?

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

This is the world's first iGeigie - a portable Geiger Counter with iPhone dock.    It has a Glass Geiger Tube can detect beta and gamma radiation.  Runs on mophie juice pack.    It interfaces with iPhone through line-in interface and has the ability to call the iGigie and list to clicks.   I am not sure I actually follow all of that but it basically means he turned his iPhone into a portable Geiger counter.  Cool!   Pieter is 'wicked' smart...

iGeigieです。ピーターはあたまがいいです。 iPhoneをガイガー計数管(けいすうかん)にかえました。すごい!

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

Pieter asked me to join him at Tokyo Hacker Space after work the other day to help him document some of the work being done at www.safecast.org.

しごとのあとで私はピーターと東京ハッカースペースに行きました。 Safecast.orgのしごとをみに行きました。

Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan

Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The train to Shirokanedai

The long walk to the exit...

ながいです。

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Don't...

だめ。。。

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

A lot of escalators across Japan are still closed to save electricity...

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

Shirokanedai Station

No parking of 3 bikes...

3台駐車違反。。。

Orderly bike parking sign

Orderly bike parking sign

Tokyo Stop Sign on street

Tokyo Stop Sign on street

Tokyo Stop Sign on street

Tokyo Stop Sign on street

Tokyo Hacker Space, 5-11-11 Shiroganedai, Tokyo, 108-0071, Japan.

I did a little research on what a Hacker Space is before heading down; here is what Wikipedia had to say; A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, science or digital or electronic art can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. A hackerspace can be viewed as an open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.

As one of the hackers at THS said "it is a place where geeks can meet geeks and be geeks".     All I know is I was the least smartest person in the room...

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

東京ハッカースペースです。。。

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

The group meet ups each Tuesday.   It is a friendly polite group for technology exchange with their motto "you teach me...I teach you".   There is open discussion and debate on technology and how things work...

まいしゅう火曜日にあいます。やさしくておもしろい人だとおもいます。

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

There is stuff for 'building things' all over the place...

たくさんおもしろいものがあります。

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Here is one of the groups recent projects... Kimono Lanterns.   It is an alternative lighting source they worked out to be a source of lighting for Tohoku or if blackouts come in the summer in Tokyo.

きものランタンです。

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

Kimono Lantern at Tokyo Hacker Space

The Tokyo Hacker's bookshelf...

ハッカーの本です。。。

Books at Tokyo Hacker Space

Books at Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

A demo of another project; a hacked lock to be a key pad so you can have a keypad lock for your house.

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

I learnt a little bit about photographing LCDs here....  These are actually scrolling messages so if you snap it too fast you won't catch the entire message.

Here is the shot @ 1/180 of a second

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

@ 1/250 of a second.

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

@ 1/60 of a second....this gets the entire message.

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Here is another project being demo'd...

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

A motherboard for building out geiger counters...

Motherboard for a Geiger Counter

Motherboard for a Geiger Counter

There was discussion about converting this cigarette machine into an electronics venting machine.

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Here is a photo of me with a dumb look on my face...but I am playing with a very cool Fuji Film X100 so it's OK...

私はFujiFilmx100といます。ほしいです。。。 私のへんがおです。

Dave Powell with a Fuji Film x100

Dave Powell with a Fuji Film x100

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

Tokyo Hacker Space

At the end of the evening there was a discussion on the work being done at Safecast.    Safecast is helping to build out crowd sourced radiation detection monitoring.    Here is what Safecast is all about:  "The ongoing crisis in Japan has highlighted our collective need for trusted information.   This site is not meant as a replacement for government or nuclear agencies. Our hope is that data sets from various places can provide additional context to the official statements in these rapidly changing events. We welcome your thoughts on how to improve the site, and appreciate your work to provide a richer understanding of these events."

Safecast has already raised $37,000 USD.    You can contribute HERE.

Pieter Franken

Pieter Franken

The Safecast Gang...

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

A future model...

Safecast

Safecast

Japanese Word of the Day: にんたいづよい nintaizuyoi – persevering, very patient

example:

真由美ちゃんは私の日本語のべんきょうににんたいづよいです。

Mayumi is patient with my Japanese learning.

See you tomorrow!!

あしたね!!

Shibuya and The Pink Cow

Shibuya and The Pink Cow

The never ending maze that is IKEA

The never ending maze that is IKEA

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