Live Stream: 29th of September at 9:30 AM CT (Chicago) or 3:30 PM BST (Leeds)


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Join element14 presents hosts Kaleb Clark, Lorraine Underwood, Clem Mayer, and Matt Eargle.


They will be discussing their latest projects, answering live questions and generally having a good time. Join us, won’t you?


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They'll be talking about Lorraine's Face Mask Project:

Episode 463: Raspberry Pi Speech to Text LED Face Mask


The Panel:


VCP Biography: Kaleb MAYER MAKES - Clem Mayer
Kaleb has been a designer and maker for as long as he can remember. Currently operating out of Sacramento CA, he spends his days working on various projects, producing videos for his YouTube channel or exploring backroads on his adventure moto. Over the years, and through many experiences he has developed skills in different maker type disciplines, Woodworking through a luthier apprenticeship, coding, and DevOps from over 20 years in the IT industry, Blacksmithing and metalworking through sheer determination, Electronics from futzing with analog phone systems in his younger days and many different types of fabricatioI'm Clem Mayer, a maker and 3D printing enthusiast. I'm a generalist in making, if an idea sparks in my head, I just start building it.  No matter if I already have the skills for the project, I learn them as I go. I live in the eastern part of Austria right in the middle of Europe, not to be confused with Australia. In the slightly over thirty years of my life I've built various projects and toured lots of Maker Faires in Austria and Germany with them. My first lurk into hacking stuff was in fact modding and building electric guitars, just because I wanted my guitar to be different. I soon realized , after building a few custom guitars, that I'm better at making stuff than playing those instruments. But my real first projects were PC game mods, in particular Wolfenstein 3d (which was illegal to own in Austria because of the WW2 theme), I  started modding it and making my own non ww2 themed versions  of that  game and shared it on floppy disks with hand drawn logos on them (I had no access to a printer). I can't remember when I started that but it  must have been around 1998/99. For me making started as a hobby, that soon became a passion and turned into a job.  After spending about ten years selling farming supplies, I quit my day job and became a full time Maker. .
Lorraine Underwood VCP Biography: AirborneSurfer - Matt Eargle
Lorraine is a Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University, instructing undergraduates in computer science in hands-on studio sessions. Even with a degree in Computer Science, Lorraine was never interested in electronics until she attended a Raspberry Pi training session for educators called Picademy. That event opened Lorraine's eyes to electronics, and introduced her to a new love: LEDs, which have since become one of the focuses of the many projects she's built. In 2020, she wrote her first book: "Save the World with Code: 20 Fun Projects for All Ages Using Raspberry Pi, micro:bit, and Circuit Playground Express" in paperback, which was published by McGraw-Hill and is on sale today.

Since high school, I skipped around trying to find my place in an ever-changing world. Radio and TV, my high school sweethearts, were too formatted and homogenous—the heart and soul sucked out of them by a decade of corporate consolidation. I turned to my second love, aviation, and I trained as a helicopter pilot. My natural inclination toward systems gave me an edge—especially when learning radio navigation—but I never stopped building. I used my piloting skills to help NASA develop machine vision algorithms for unmanned spacecraft. I pressed for the University System of Georgia to adopt Free and Open Source Software as a cost-saving measure (a proposal that was ultimately doomed when federal grant monies were used to purchase iMacs and Windows 7 licenses for them). I designed and built specialized intrusion detection and surveillance equipment for law enforcement. Eventually, I circled back to video production—utilizing this new platform called “YouTube” and honing my skills by creating tutorial videos.

Today, I teach courses STEM in areas such as basic electronics and drone operation. I sit on the board for a hacker/maker convention in southern California. I work with a nonprofit that repurposes old computers for scientific research. I make videos about my different projects. And, on occasion, I find the time to surf.