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Ben brings the (homemade) Noise to SCOSAG, explains WasabiNet

on Sat, 07/10/2010 - 3:33pm

"Yesterday technology guru Ben West dropped into SCOSAG with a slew of handmade instruments and sound transformators. Upcycling signage he constructed a tubaesque instrument that amplifies sound waves which he shared with campers. ...

"Ben talked about the transformation from sounds to soundwaves to amplification. A concept that he then applied to his Wasabi Net Project, a St Louis based Internet Mesh that's broadcasting free WiFi to several St Louis neighborhoods using wasabi pea cans as antennas ontop of roofs.

WasabiNet founder(s) to Present @ Arch Reactor 6/19

on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:02pm

At least half of WasabiNet founders (Ben West) will be presenting the mesh network at the Arch Reactor Open House Saturday 6/19, which runs 4pm-11pm. More detail below... UPDATE: Proposal attached in PDF below

Arch Reactor Hackerspace invites you to our 2nd open house.... this time in our new and improved location in the Jefferson Underground building!
DATE:  Saturday, June 19th
TIME:  4pm to 11pm
LOCATION:  Jefferson Underground, 2400 S. Jefferson Ave. (enter from parking lot on the North side of the building and follow the signs to the 2nd floor)
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Why yes, we do have a Cantenna.

on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 3:19pm

Although WasabiNet generally prefers to use prefabricated antennas, since we're sometimes lazy, we can still nevertheless kick it old school with homemade cantennas.  After all, the name WasabiNet comes from the convenient fact that cans of wasabi peas sold from a nearby international food store are an ideal geometry for cantennas.

When All Allong Press moved down the street, this temporary rig was our contribution to their storefront art gallery.

For techies, that is a spaghetti sauce can, a freecycled tripod, and a Ubiquiti Bullet2 router/amplifier.