Furst Labs

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Furst Labs was founded in 2000 with the primary goal of creating advanced interaction between biological and mechanical systems.

Furst Labs’ principals have substantial real-world experience in the fields of medicine and robotics. Furst Labs’ founder and CEO, John-Nicholas Furst, has spent over eight years focusing on the integration of automated mechanical systems and biological systems.

John-Nicholas has presented at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. His research in renewable energy has been featured at the International Engineering Expo.

John-Nicholas is an invited member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of American Physics Society.

John-Nicholas is currently an undergraduate studying Biomedical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Boston University.


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BUILDS cc Website To-Do List

Put [Your name] on things you are working on!

  • Under ‘Events’ Tab, make google calendar PUBLIC so that users don’t have to sign-in to their google docs account to view the calendar. [Furst]

  • Under ‘Membership’ Tab, get a reliable system for joining going – i.e. Register user for an access card, the mailing list, and a website account, all under this one section. - Under the Wiki, set all pages to be OPEN to viewing (but not to writing) by default. [Furst]

  • Interface the BUILDS Website Account Registration with Wordpress accounts, so users can push posts. [Furst]

  • Auto-place new projects generated via BUILDS Website Control Panel on PROJECTS page in the wiki. [Furst]

  • Fix bug on the front page, wherein only 3 post boxes are displayed. [Furst]

  • Email verification before accounts created [Furst]

  • Verify account name is not already in our system [Furst]

  • Pull Name from BU Directory [Furst]

  • Allow members to change passwords [Furst]

  • Add Projects link to the wiki sidebar


Meeting Minutes for 2010-09-08

BUILDS Meeting

9/8/2010 6:30pm

Kyle Brogle

  • Introductions
    • Welcome back…improvements to room:
    • Everything is labelled and in its place.
    • Now have plenty of workspace, planning for ethernet and power drops to the long center table in near future.

John-Nicholas Furst

  • Door no longer RFID; you now swipe magstripe cards to get in.
  • New and existing members NEED to get BUILDS accounts @ http://builds.cc
  • What does the BUILDS website account give you access to?
    • The wiki
    • Wordpress features of site.
    • The door
    • Ability to join projects you are interested in through the BUILDS site.
  • BUILDS phone line is 617 358 1164; call to see if people are inside, especially if the exterior building is locked.

Kyle Brogle

  • Current projects
    • debdog. Automated debian config packages for computers using the BU network. “Like BU Linux, only better”
      • Hopefully we can get IS&T to eventually recommend as an alternative to BU Linux in the future.
      • Talk to Kyle if interested.

Valerie Young

  • Musical staircase
    • Great way to be introduced with practical engineering project. talk to Valerie, et al.

Kyle Brogle

  • New project proposals:
    • Circuit-bending instrument construction
    • Creating a “T tracker” using Google Maps API
    • Using terrain data and Google Maps API to map most efficient (see:downhill) routes for longboarding and biking.
    • Building a tube amp / stereo tube amp (which is just two mono ones).
    • Expanding surface area on vacuum to create enough suction to climb buildings. (Spidervac?)
    • Tesla coil
  • What kind of workshops do people want taught?
    • Intro to unix, linux, programming languages.
    • Intro to the room’s powertools.
    • Intro to developing and building with arduinos.
    • Practical electronics (a.k.a. “What Electrical Circuit Theory should have taught you”)
    • Lockpicking Basics seminar
    • Videogame programming techniques (and game design)
    • Potential collaboration with machinists in basement of 15 St. Mary’s Street.
    • Someone mentioned talking with Jinara Reyes for ENG project grants.
  • What workshops do people want to teach?
    • John-Nicholas Furst: Web programming/design (beginning to advanced)
      • Basic to advanced C or C++ (socket programming especially for advanced)
  • Kyle Brogle: Something about security/vulnerability
  • Keisuke Nakayama: Art workshops!
  • Jeff Crowell: Computer graphics
  • John-Nicholas Furst: Videogame collective
  • Ian Felder: BUILDS minecraft server
  • Meeting scheduling
    • Kyle will send out doodle.

—> meeting ended.