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Attention Ann Arbor makers – GO-Tech will be gathering this eve @ a new earlier time of 7 pm. Dale writes –

We’ll have the Five-Minute Timer Contest (see below) and a talk on EMC2, the open source CNC software that many of us use. We’ll also have our usual 5-minute presentations on projects.

The Five-Minute Timer Contest goal is to design a timer to time presentations at our meetings. It should semi-accurately time the presenter, and give some audible or visual indication when their time is up. Portability, coolness, and robustness will be helpful. Cool prizes supplied by O’Reilly, publishers of Make.

Coming up at the February 10 meeting–a build night. We’ll be forming groups and building interactive displays for a local non-profit “robot” store. We’ll have Arduinos, electronic parts, and fabrication tools and supplies to go from idea to realization. Team projects will be judged that same night, with prizes. (More details revealed at tomorrow’s meeting.)

GO Tech (formerly NotBAGO) is a meeting for Ann Arbor (MI) area readers of Make Magazine, Circuit Cellar, Home Shop Machinist, Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools, slashdot, etc. That is, people who are interested in and make things using technology, whether that’s a metal-cutting lathe or a Python script. A kind of generalized mixture of CerealBar, DorkBot, Oxford Geek night, and Portland Machinist Guild. We have machinists, electrical engineers, software folks, industrial control types, and so on. We share projects, information about tools and ideas, and connect with like-minded people. Everyone is welcome. We’ve been meeting since 7/07.

After introductions, we have 5 minute presentations by anyone who wants to talk. Available are wi-fi, video projector (VGA or video input), Mac laptop, extension cords, and copier.

Our new location is A2 MechShop at 240 Parkland Plaza Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. For more directions and to sign up for GO-Tech emails, see

We’re all still moving in and getting settled at A2 MechShop, but as before we’ll have plenty of space for meeting and even indoor space for demonstrating robots, etc.