AZ Labs showcase @ Vila Verde

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.