[Build] Sprucing up the classrooms

Ben Kochie ben at nerp.net
Tue Aug 19 09:33:18 UTC 2014

What kind of projectors are you looking at, if it turns out the current 
one(s) can't be repaired?

I forget which projector model the main one was, possibly a 720p panasonic 
home-theater unit.

Something like this would be an improvement for the main room:


Getting a 3000+ lumen projector would help for the meetings.


On Sun, 17 Aug 2014, Rubin Abdi wrote:

> 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
> resolution.
> 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...
> http://www.datapro.net/images/7030H.jpg
> 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.
> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JAAPQDM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=MT0E6618FTON&coliid=I1JYU667P7CXJ
> 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
> rubin at starset.net

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