AZ Labs are back in resi­dency at Montemor-o-Novo. This time we are trying to have a con­nec­ting theme for the cre­a­tive tech­no­logy hac­king insa­nity. The plan for the next 10 days is to brains­torm, con­cep­tu­a­lize and pro­totype pro­ject ideas for tan­gi­ble objects that can inte­ract with each other and the environment.

We have folks atten­ding with all sorts of back­grounds: com­pu­ter sci­ence, plas­tic arts, per­for­mance arts, elec­tro­nics, indus­trial fabri­ca­tion, graphic design, sound design, sta­tis­tics, soci­o­logy. We barely had time to intro­duce our­sel­ves to the first timers and new ideas are alre­ady brewing. Plans for infra­red com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Aug­men­ted rea­lity envi­ron­ments. Radio sig­nal tri­an­gu­la­ti­ons. LED boards and cubes. Mul­ti­ple kinect abuse. Let us wait and see into what these ideas will mature into.

Right now it’s 2 am, some folks alre­ady went to sleep while others are hard at work on per­so­nal pro­jects. Using one of the Maker­bots to print parts to build a Micro CNC. Trying to get the lar­ger CNC wor­king again. Hac­king mal­func­ti­o­ning audio adap­tors to cre­ate con­tact micropho­nes. Imple­men­ting some tan­gi­ble inte­rac­tion with the kinect. Tes­ting out some things with Ardui­nos. Fai­ling to ins­tall ofxP­TAM. The list goes on.

True hac­king knows no sleep.