[Build] Sprucing up the classrooms

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 17 20:41:50 UTC 2014

New projectors with wall outlets will help classes a lot!

I think Shannon took the Hackitorium projector to a place for safe keeping during the Reboot.

It would also be great to implement the plan we consensed upon in 2009 to put panels all over Noisebridge.  A few were put in, and there was software to run it all, but it never got fully implemented.  They were uninstalled awhile back, rather than fixed up, which is too bad.

Does anyone know what happen to the many flat screen panels that Dr. Jesus bought back in 2009?  There was a big trunk full of them.  We paid, like, $1,200 for them, as I remember.  It'd be cool if those were available (assuming they are useable).

If we need to buy Android tablets to do the cool panels-all-over Noisebridge thing:

When I was in China in October, the normal cheapest price for 7" Android tablets was $35.  I have no idea how good they are.  But it's kind of amazing how cheap they are now.  I just did a search on Aliexpress, and found a bunch for about this price, with free shipping to the US -- like this one:


If there's interest:

I'm going to China in November, and can order a bunch of them, and have them shipped to us from Shenzhen.



Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:06:48 -0700
From: rubin at starset.net
To: build at lists.noisebridge.net
Subject: [Build] Sprucing up the classrooms

I write this without really knowing what other works needs to be done (I
imagine neither classroom has proper installed lighting yet), so if it's
untimely to talk about me throwing money at projectors and touch panels
in a month, I'll avoid the subject till later.


The projector in Church is on its last leg, it's also got a really low

When I get paid next I would most likely be happy to buy Noisebridge two
new 720p projectors for both of the classrooms to be
permanently/semi-professionally mounted. I would also run cables to
outlet boxes like this near the front of the class...


So that if a cable goes missing, you only need something that's 6ft or
12ft to replace it, instead of something that's long as hell, or to be
forced to stick your laptop on a chair on a table under the projector.
Most likely I think I'll buy a couple of 12ft cables and anchor them to
the wall, also forcefully attach an HDMI to displayport adapter to it.
And most likely add in a pair of Chromecasts there to make it even
easier to stream slides or a browser session to the projectors.

I don't know where the projectors will exactly get mounted, but I'm
hoping that if electrical isn't done yet in the classrooms, that if
possible someone could run outlets up and to the rear where a projector
might go? I will most likely reuse the mount inside of Church. For
Turing I might just get a hanging off of the wall mount and put it dead
center but up a little high.

It sounds like that projector that was in the hackatorium got lifted? I
want to avoid acquiring a new one for that area until you've all figured
out where you want to mount the screen and how any of that works.


I was then thinking back to our previous grand plan of using those
industrial 15" VGA monitors for in wall kiosk type things. The original
plan to reboot them was to replace them all with cheap 6 - 7" Android
tablets setup in some sort of browser kiosk mode. The ones sitting
directly outside of the two classrooms would also display what upcoming
classes were happening for that day.


Anyhow, if someone's crafty enough to build some sort of hard to steal
tablet enclosure for these, and then our wiki magically gains the
ability to intelligently schedule classes (like Leif had planned to do
years ago), I would be happy to buy a hand full of these to scatter
through the space and make it look like we're from the future again.

rubin at starset.net

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