Making old electronics new again …with JavaScript!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to fresh start. We’re kicking the year off in style with a great talk from Rachel Weil!

Rachel will share a selection of personal projects that bring vintage electronics into the 21st century with Node.js and hobbyist microcontrollers. She’ll also cover some of the basic tools and approaches to getting started with refurbishing, refitting, and reworking old game consoles, computers, and digital toys.

Rachel's Ballie Bear Video Arcade installation

Rachel Weil @partytimeHXLNT on Twitter
Rachel Weil is an experimental designer and video-game historian who hacks electronic artifacts to create alternate, cuter visions of computer and video game history. She currently works as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. In addition, she heads up FEMICOM Museum and helps run numerous indie game events in Austin, including Fantastic Arcade, Juegos Rancheros, and Arcade of Anything.

In other big news, Spredfast is now the official location for AustinJS! The Spredfast team has always been kind to share their ~*luxurious*~ downtown space with us, so we look forward to making more memories going forward. Thanks Spredfast! will provide food and drink, so make sure tell them thanks!

Afterwards, the discussion carries on a few blocks away at Lavaca Street Bar where they have food, drinks, and 12 revolving taps.

If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Lon (@lawnsea) or Aaron (@aaronj1335) or Andrew (@drewml). Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter:  @AustinJS

And finally, be excellent to each other.