Hello everyone, boy it's refreshing to meet people who are truly passionate about making things; and on top of that, are actually really good at it!
My name is Stephen Copeland, I'm currently a student at DeVry University pursuing a bachelors in EET. I was fortunate enough to get an internship at the orange county library where I first heard about hackerspace's and familab. Long story short I got to see the presentation at trucks and tech 2 on bio-hacking where I was invited to come to the open-house yesterday and my chance to talk with a few of you and see the lab has lead me to only one logical conclusion:
FAMILAB IS AWESOME!!!
I am still just a student, but I have been toying with mcu's and circuitry on my own for quite awhile. Some projects I've done in the past are a homemade guitar amp via toner transfer, custom i2c library for the atmega328p-pu intended to replace the Wire.h library. A bluetooth app for android that allows you to control an arduino based robot (not entirely finished, but close). I have also worked on a team for the ieee southeast convention were we had to develop a robot that could distinguish between objects based on color and shape and place them into the corresponding location. My job in this case was to setup the beagleboard -xm with angstrom linux and so that it could interface with the arduino xmega2560 and cross-compile opencv in c++ code with eclipse and the linux-arm-gnueabi-g++ toolchain.
As such my primary interests are in robotics, computer vision, embedded systems, and PCB design of low-level hardware both digital and analog circuitry. But I am interested in learning just about everything really. For example if any of you like math, I have an original proof of the parallelogram law in R^2 space (as far as I and several others can tell anyway) and am studying a variety of topics such as lie group's and number theory if any of you are interested in discussing it.
Anyway, there are other ways I can contribute as well. For example if any of you need to borrow a solder reflow station; I have in my possession an AOYUE INT968A+ that I am willing to share. I also have an AVR dragon should anyone be interested.
Looking forward to seeing you guys again!