RockIT CoLabs


We are a new neighborhood Mini-Makerspace in downtown San Francisco. We are purposely small at 2,500 square feet so makers and hackers can easily get to know each other. We are a community of hackers that love collaborating.

Virtual Bike


VirtualBike is a innovative installation that merges a real bike with a realistic but virtual world. Multiple sensors will permit you to interact with this new dimension while exploring new exotic cities around the world.



Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects.



PicassoBot, an open source drawing arm robot that can take pictures from the computer or an Android camera and sketch them on paper. USB powered and Arduino compatible, this robot kit is perfect for learning at all ages.

Serious Science with Open Source Tools


The Maker movement has created a new set of tools that can be used to do serious science. I will discuss how Arduino microcontrollers and the R statistical language can be used to do science like the pros. Arduino boards can be interfaced with sensors and memory devices to measure and record environmental data. The data can help us to understand our environment and address questions about environmental change. The R statistical language can be used to visual data, summarize it, and test hypotheses. I will use examples from my own work in environmental science to show how these incredible tools put serious science within reach of Makers.