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ShrimpCraft!: SmartBuoy Workshop: DIY Tools for the water curious
National Museums Liverpool Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool UK
30th August, 2014 12pm – 4pm



Ross Dalziel, computer scientist Adrian McEwen from DoESLiverpool and artist and sailor Elisabeth Weihe will be running a ShrimpCraft workshop with National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Maritime Museum on the Albert Dock in Liverpool on Saturday 30th August 2014 as part of their Dock watch programme.

It’s a drop-in workshop for families of all ages and a chance to build your own water sensing computer and visualise data like temperature and turbidity using flashing LEDs but you can also visualise its data in processing and even draw bar graphs on a minecraft server through Ross’ Minecraft of Things project

This drop-in workshop features learning and building an Arduino compatible ‘shrimp’ on a breadboard with water quality sensors. You can then make floating buoys from waste plastic and test them on the dockside. The ShrimpCraft computers will then become a resource for future workshops in the museum and schools in the North West. It’s also a chance to learn Morse code, make and take home LED morse ‘throwies’

Elisabeth and her co-sailor Magnus will be talking to people about their research journey between Oslo and Liverpool and showing them seaweed soap.

Ross Dalziel will be using kits developed (and available for anyone from the Shimping website) with, Octopus Collective and North Walney Primary School with support from Natural England

You can read the blog post about developing the kits we will be using here


Photo from Currently 13 Hackspace, Liverpool


Hackspace 2 @Hovedøya


Currently Hackspace 2 took place on Hovedøya Island Oslo on 8th & 9th October 2013.

We had inspiring talks from Elisabeth Weihe on her research trip between Oslo and Inverness and Fair Isle, Orkney Islands, Jana Winderen on underwater choral reef recording, Etienne Gernez and his visions for marine research and Hans-Jorgen Weihe walkthrough his book Den Norske Iseksporten (The Frozen Water Trade)

We finished with building a prototype GhostNet Synthesiser led by Steve Symons and Ross Dalziel that passed live accelerometer data from a floating net over USB (after some radio module compatibility problems) to some synthesiser patterns in Supercollider.

Look out for GhostNet design details on GitHub

Finally here’s a photo book (pdf) with some snapshots of the meeting.

Launch video

Video from the last day of the first Currently hackspace meeting, Static, Liverpool, 21-23.03.2013

TIP: If you watch the start of the movie carefully you can see the water lillypad radio-receiver SerialBuoy being launched from the back of Grace, the swan pedalo.

It worked! Sent asci weather info to SerialBuoy

Hackspace 1. Last day


Notes from the last day of the first Currently hackspace meeting, Static, Liverpool, 21-23.03.2013

Plotting a course / ghostnet / trawling for data & law

Trade of resources / new trade routes / developing alternative territorial law.

Network of canal pop up port activiy / Marine Science in Pubs / Bothy network / across the caledonian canal / Viking invasions / trade / Crew as artwork / development platforms.