[hackerspaces] Cleanliness in your Hackerspace? - metalab casestudy

Will Bradley will at heatsynclabs.org
Sat Sep 24 06:43:39 CEST 2011

I've been planning to put little sensors on things, like a flush
sensor on the toilet, IR tripwire on the trashcans, keycard on the
laser cutter, etc.. and every maintenance interval (100 flushes, trash
interrupts IR beam, 10 hours on the laser, etc) have a friendly alarm
say or display what needs to be done (TAKE ME OUT, IT'S YOUR TURN TO
CLEAN ME, REALIGN LASER OPTICS, etc) so that nobody can
psychologically shrug off the maintenance to the next person. Maybe a
slight random factor too so people can't calculate and avoid cleaning.

On Sep 22, 2011, at 11:06 PM, Eric Stein <toba at des.truct.org> wrote:

> This IT'S CLEANING TIME lighting alert system is a neat idea... and it
> dovetails quite nicely with my plan to automate a ton of things.  I like.
> Eric
> On 09/21/2011 01:17 PM, overflo wrote:
>>> How good or bad does it work in your space to keep it clean and tidy?
>> we have come a long way on this topic.
>> every day at 22:00 the lights in the meinroom start to pulsate red ->
>> red alert
>> thats the signal for 10 minute cleanup.
>> the lights play a REALLY big role in that.
>> without a huge visual indicator, visible to everybody it was hard to
>> get people started when we came up with that concept.
>> on a 10 minute cleanup EVERYBODY (including guests) should stop doing
>> what they do and grab empty bottles, bring the trash out, wash some
>> dishes, refill the refrigerator, empty the dishwasher, put some
>> toiletpaper in place .. you know .. 10 minutes with 12 people = 2
>> hours work.
>> really, it's that easy!
>> once a week we get professional cleaning help that we pay for with
>> membership fees.
>> this is also a very big help that we had long discussions on.
>> but now we see taht it is necessary especially after big events like
>> metaday or parties.
>> :*
>> -flo
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