Text by Filipe Cruz

On the 25 and 26 Janu­ary, AZ Labs show­ca­sed some pro­jects at the library of Vila Verde. This show­case was the first step in a series of ini­a­ti­ves pro­mo­ted by Casa do Conhe­ci­mento in Vila Verde in cola­bo­ra­tion with Audi­ên­cia Zero. 500 stu­dents from local scho­ols were brought to a secret room in the muni­ci­pal library to dis­co­ver cre­a­tive, artis­tic and open source appli­ca­ti­ons of tech­no­logy we had setup to show them.

The res­ponse from the stu­dents, tea­chers and orga­ni­zing comit­tee was great and we look forward to cola­bo­rate some more with the peo­ple of Vila Verde in the near future!

In total we show­ca­sed 7 projects.

Draw­dio – An eso­te­ric elec­tro­nic ins­tru­ment inven­ted by some folks at MIT explo­ring the con­duc­ti­vity of graf­fite on paper or just com­mon water. The user clo­ses the elec­tro­nic cir­cuit through touch, trig­ge­ring sound through a small spe­a­ker. Show­ca­sed by Ricardo Lobo and João Gonçalves.

GroundS­pi­nes Graf­fiti – The laser tag­ging pro­totype deve­lo­ped at xDA, ins­pi­red by theGRL laser tag sys­tem. This pro­ject was ori­gi­nally deve­lo­ped by Tiago Serra, Tony Gon­çal­ves and Vic­tor Mar­tins to beau­tify aban­do­ned buil­dings in Coim­bra. Show­ca­sed by Pedro Salgado.

RC Micro Machi­nes – Ori­gi­nally deve­lo­ped through a sprint ses­sion with peo­ple from the dif­fe­rent AZ Labs, main­tai­ned by Nuno Bar­ros, Ricardo Lobo, João Gon­çal­ves and Pedro Sal­gado. Show­ca­sed by Nuno Barros.

Anon­Mir­ror – An inte­rac­tive ins­tal­la­tion about social acti­vism in our soci­ety. Made by Filipe Cruz using Open­Fra­meworks, Kinect and a wrap­per deve­lo­ped by Vic­tor Martins.

Maker­Bot – Ricardo Lobo show­ca­sed and did some live main­te­nance fixes on “Cata­rina”, one of the two AZ Labs Cup­cake Maker­bots we have. Prin­ting some whis­tles and showingThin­gi­e­verse.

New Picasso – A kinect con­trol­led robot that paints the floor. Users wave their hands in front of the kinect to send com­mands through Arduino to the servo motors of the robot. Pro­ject by Gui­lherme Mar­tins, Pedro Sal­gado and João Gonçalves.

Tele­forma – Pro­ject by Ricardo Lobo, João Gon­çal­ves and Mécia Sá dea­ling with the rela­ti­onship that peo­ple have with spe­ech and con­ver­sa­tion. The pro­ject is based on a mecha­ni­cal phy­si­cal inter­face that allows two users to trans­late visu­ally the form of their speech.