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     There are many children's toys that make sounds and flash lights. Many teach pitch but few teach rhythm. Jigsaw Renaissance Hackerspace supports kinesthetic learning of rhythm development and offers a cooperative environment for group performance and play.   A child picking up the Jigbox and shaking it will hear the sound of a maraca and see a colorful light flashing. The color of the light will follow the direction and intensity of the shaking. A single simple row ...
Let's hope that we're not entering the Headless Chicken phase.   Direction is always good, and we have several.   One direction is describing our first application; we met last Tuesday to come up with a more complete story about how our gadget could be used.   Another direction is getting prototype hardware together and working, including support of the various components that aren't on our chosen development boards. To pursue that direction, we got together over the weekend to ...
Hello again, from Jigsaw Renaissance. I promised you a look at our initial bill of materials, so here it is.   Our device has a few core functionalities which we need to work on. These include:   Audio input and processing Audio output Interaction through motion (e.g. shaking the device, dancing) Interaction through explicit input (e.g. buttons) Communication between devices   To simplify development and hopefully save enough time to get the core features working by the end of A ...
At Jigsaw Renaissance, we have been hard at work designing a device which will teach kids that they are capable of creative expression.   Let me tell you how we’re going to pull it off.   We started with a few design constraints. Firstly, the device should be beneficial to students who are being underserved by existing educational institutions. Many students don’t get the attention they need. Other students go to schools which don’t have the funding or faculty to teac ...
Jigsaw Renaissance

Who we are

Posted by Jigsaw Renaissance Mar 28, 2011
Jigsaw Renaissance is a learning and making community. Sprung out of the heads of transhumanist Willow Brugh, film maker Ben Dobyns, visionary Lion Kimbro, traceuse Janine Cundy, ice cream man Rob Gardiner, and cybernetician Joshua Madara; the organization started in fall of 2009. With mentorship and organizational support through The School Factory and James Carlson, we quickly got on our feet. We moved into our first space in January of 2010, into a bigger one in April, and are currently looki ...