BUILDS cc Website To-Do List

buildscc | 08 Sep 2010 | | to-do

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

BU Reuse System

buildscc | 28 Jul 2010 | | projects


Reuse systems are used for trading disused goods around campus. Individuals may get rid of useful waste by stacking potentially reusable items in a hallway or behind a building and then notifying the Reuse system of these items and their location. Users of the Reuse system are then notified via e-mail about the items; the first users to locate the Reuse Pile get dibs on what they find. Reuse piles typically exist for a week or so before they are discarded as waste by the original poster.

By setting up a reuse system at BU, we can facilitate inter-departmental (and inter-student) exchanges of useful and reusable waste (projectors, TVs, couches, electrical components, construction supplies, etc).

The System

The reuse system can be created, in its simplest form, by making a public mailing list called Users can then add items to and remove items from the reuse-list as they see fit.

A better implementation of this system would be to create a graphical front-end and host it at . Users would have the option of managing their own reuse accounts, and seekers could specify search terms (i.e. “couch”) and be auto-notified when such an item is posted to the Reuse System. As this system grows, traffic to would increase – which would be a boon for our hackerspace.

Interested Parties

This project is still in its planning stages. Add your name below if this interests you.

  1. David House

  2. John-Nicholas Furst

  3. Jim Chatham

  4. Kenny Kalenderian

  5. Daniel Kamalic

Housing Database

buildscc | 27 Jul 2010 | | projects


I want to make a database to make the search for rooms easier.


The idea is to take raw data that students could use: square footage, number of closets, kitchens, common room, laundry rooms, floor, gender, is it a single or a double, is it renovated (this would require checking the place in person), and etc. The floor plans indirectly list most of them and they have a separate binder that list room capacity and gender.

Ideally, a user can enter what amenities they want (ie a student wants to know what dorms have a kitchen) and they can get a list of dorms with rooms that have it. The ability to find out the square-footage of a room or if a dorm have a kitchen in an easy and fast way can be useful.

Okay, so the exact data points seems to go under two areas: Room amenities and Dorm amenities.


Square footage

Number of closets

Additional rooms




Personal Bathroom (yes, I found that a few rooms, have a personal bathroom without the charge, one even had a personal kitchen but was not categorized as apartment)



Laundry Room?

Storage Room?

Number of Common Rooms

Common Kitchen (The French House have 2, at least on paper)?

Bike Room?

Other Special Amenities?


I have gathered some data, but I’ll need more. BU housing open 9-5, but I work 9-5, so progress could be a little slow. Towers RHA does have some of the data and open 7-11 (or something like that), but a good portion are not very legible and they only have floor plans. If someone want to help me on this front, it would defeat one of the biggest bottlenecks of this work.

Basically, there’s three main types of work.

  1. Data Gathering (going through floor plans and documents and put it on the computer, let me tell you, it is slow work)
  2. Front End work
  3. Back End work

Anyways, if anyone want to help in any way, sign up!


  • Antoine (Project leader)
  • John-Nicholas Furst (Database and infrastructure)
  • Kenny Kalenderian (Party Interested in Helping)

Redbull Flugtag

John-Nicholas Furst | 14 Jul 2010 | | news

Builds will be participating in the Redbull Flugtag competition. All communication about the project will be on the email and the wiki here

If you are interested in participating in the Flugtag project add your name to the wiki project and ask to be put onto the mailing list!

Exciting times for BUILDS over the summer!

Rear-Projection Touchscreen: Code and Design

buildscc | 14 Jul 2010 | | projects

BUILDS and Furst Labs are working together to perfect a multi-touch screen.

The physical screen must be engineered for optimal finger blob-tracking.

Fingers are individually tracked on the surface using modified web cameras.

The camera input is fed into custom tracker program designed by Furst Labs which implements the latest standard of Open Computer Vision.

The tracker program then sends the individual tracked data points over a modified Tangible User Interface Objects protocol tunneled through the Open Sound Control protocol to another custom Furst Labs built program for gesture tracking and recognition.

Once gestures have been recognised this program responds appropriately by either opening other applications or interacting with the user’s graphical interface.


John-Nicholas Furst (Project Leader)

Red Bull Flugtag Meeting Minutes 04-21

buildscc | 14 Jul 2010 | | meeting-minutes


Glider Millenium Falcon Dirigible Bicycle

Design Considerations:

Balance Design vs. Distance

  • Maybe 2 parts Design vs. 1 part Distance

Device + Payload <= 450 lbs

No “stored energy”

Forms to fill out:

They exist in print somewhere. Mainly require normal information plus a sketch of our design. Due May 18th.

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