At The Hacktory

Need to learn something new?

Check The Hacktory’s Calendar for upcoming events and classes. Otherwise, come show and tell your projects-in-progress every week at our Project Night, Thursdays from 7-9pm at 3711 Market St.

Have an (odd) technical question?

Post your questions on our Google Group, and see what the community has to say!

Just rather keep up with us on our social networks?

We’re on Facebook, have a very active Twitter, and post photos to our Flickr.


Electronic Components

Need parts? Use one of these recommended suppliers to get all the electronic components for your project!


  • Adafruit is a New York City-based company that sells kits and parts for original, open-source hardware electronics projects, specifically designed for beginners.
  • Aniomagic sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible, designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person.
  • MakerShed offers little bit of everything for makers, crafters, and budding scientists.


  • Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
  • Max/MSP gives you the parts to create unique sounds, stunning visuals, and engaging interactive media.
  • OpenFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.
  • PPOOLL is software written in MaxMSP designed for live-improvising and interactive installations.
  • Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions.
  • Pure Data is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing.
  • Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Labs as a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share your creations on the web.
  • SuperCollider is one of the most powerful and versatile sound synthesis freeware available for electronic music composers.




  • Desk Set (1957) featuring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. “Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a TV network’s research department.” The new computer is called the “Emerac,” a thinly veiled version of the ENIAC, invented in Philadelphia.

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