AZ Labs Hackmeet

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On Decem­ber 12 and 13 we’ll hold the first big meet­ing of AZ’s 3 labs: LCD, alt­Lab, and xDA. We’ll all get together in Porto, at AZ’s head­quar­ters, for 2 days of cre­ative and fun hack­ing. The main goals for this hack­meet are to share knowl­edge, explore syn­er­gies, col­lab­o­rate, research, and… (of course) hang out!

Lab mem­bers are cur­rently form­ing work groups around top­ics such as: elec­tron­ics and phys­i­cal com­put­ing, robot­ics, smart mate­ri­als, soft cir­cuits, mul­ti­touch inter­faces, hard­ware recy­cling, com­puter vision, and infor­ma­tion visu­al­iza­tion.

AZ’s hack­meet is mostly meant for lab mem­bers, but oth­ers are also wel­come to join in pro­vided we have enough spots left.

Reg­is­ter here

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Nos dias 12 e 13 de Dezem­bro os mem­bros dos três lab­o­ratórios AZ (LCD, Alt­Lab e xDA) orga­ni­zam a primeira grande reunião de explo­ração cria­tiva e tec­nológ­ica sem fron­teiras.

Este encon­tro é des­ti­nado, antes de mais, aos actu­ais mem­bros dos lab­o­ratórios, mas par­tic­i­pantes exter­nos são bem-vin­dos, desde que as vagas exis­tentes assim o per­mi­tam.

Durante este fim-de-sem­ana serão cri­a­dos gru­pos ded­i­ca­dos às múlti­plas áreas em explo­ração na asso­ci­ação: elec­trónica e com­putação física, robótica, mate­ri­ais inteligentes, inter­faces mul­ti­toque, reci­clagem de hard­ware, visão por com­puta­dor, visu­al­iza­ção de infor­mação, etc…

O objec­tivo é a troca de con­hec­i­mento, explo­ração de novas sin­er­gias entre áreas, cri­ação colab­o­ra­tiva, pesquisa e inves­ti­gação… e claro, con­vívio. Liber­dade total, para tudo ou nada fazer.

Ficha de Inscrição

Thom Yorke 3D Print by Tiago Serra

Dur­ing our recent 3D Print­ing Work­shop, Tiago Serra from xDA used altlab’s Maker­Bot to print a model of Thom York’s head 🙂

Orig­i­nal point cloud data from Aaron Koblin’s House of Cards (GeoVideo’s 3D scan­ning sys­tem)

Meshed with Point Cloud Skin­ner script for Blender

Cleanup in Mesh­Lab

Made dur­ing the Maker­bot work­shop with Zach Hoeken at Lis­bon Tech Uni­ver­sity

Down­load the file at Thin­gi­verse

Awe­some Cre­ativeCom­mons post :
creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/18970

Maker­bot Indus­tries
makerbot.com

My Summer @ NYC Resistor

nycResistor

This sum­mer I was a res­i­dent at NYC Resis­tor (NYCR), a hacker col­lec­tive based in Brook­lyn, NY. I’m now back home in Lis­bon and would like to share a brief round-up of this won­der­ful expe­ri­ence.

First of all I must men­tion how incred­i­bly wel­com­ing and fun all the mem­bers of the col­lec­tive are. Not only did they let me share their space for two whole months, pro­vid­ing me with a great learn­ing oppor­tu­nity, but also made me feel at home among them and showed me a great time.

I was lucky to get there just as their Awe­some August chal­lenge was start­ing. The idea here being that NYCR mem­bers chal­lenged each other to fin­ish one great project until the end of that month. The projects were indeed awe­some, from an Eight Foot Lite Brite, an FPGA-based DNA sequence align­ment accel­er­a­tor, a Monome, a Player Toy Piano, and some very civ­i­lized smash­ing… to name only a few.

Another of my favorite sta­ples, and the one I think I’ll miss the most, was Craft Night. Every Thurs­day evening NYCR opens its doors to those of us “who like to make stuff… so you don’t have to make stuff by your­self.” On these nights, NYCR mem­bers help vis­i­tors with their projects by shar­ing tips and knowl­edge, and every­one just has a great time work­ing together around one big table.

And then of course, there was the unfor­get­table Inter­ac­tive Party, dur­ing which some of Awe­some August’s projects were shown, and that even included a giant robot cake, chalk draw­ing on the floor, a Wimshurst machine, and cray­ola model magic.

NYCR is cur­rently offer­ing a series of really inter­est­ing classes, which I’m very sad to miss.

Dur­ing my res­i­dency I worked on a few (really fun) exper­i­ments with paper/cardboard pulp and soft cir­cuits, as well as other (frus­trat­ing) ones with car­bon nan­otubes. More on that later — I’m still unpack­ing 🙂

Thank you NYC Resis­tor!

Workshop de Impressão 3D com Zach Hoeken (Lisboa)

3D Printing Workshop

Datas: 19 de Out a 1 de Nov de 2009

Local: Lis­boa (espaço a anun­ciar)

Horários:

19:30 às 22:30 (dias de sem­ana)

11:00 às 19:00 (fins de sem­ana)

total de 58h

Infor­mação e inscrições: http://www.audienciazero.org/cct/3dprinting

 

Orga­ni­za­ção: Audiên­cia Zero (alt­Lab + LCD)

Con­tacto: catari­namota (at) audi­en­ci­azero (dot) org

(inscrições aber­tas :: número lim­i­tado de vagas)

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A impressão 3D é uma forma orig­i­nal de impressão, no âmbito da tec­nolo­gia de pro­toti­pagem, em que um objecto tridi­men­sional é cri­ado por uma máquina a par­tir da acu­mu­lação de camadas suces­si­vas de um dado mate­r­ial (Wikipedia).

O Work­shop

O objec­tivo do work­shop é a con­strução e uti­liza­ção de uma impres­sora 3D open source (mod­elo Maker­Bot). Os par­tic­i­pantes irão con­struir a máquina de raiz: desde a mon­tagem das com­po­nentes elec­tróni­cas e extru­sor, pas­sando pela mecânica, até à junção de todas as peças. Irão ainda adquirir e aper­feiçoar aptidões e téc­ni­cas nas área de fab­rico de elec­trónica, mecânica, mod­e­lação 3D, fab­ri­cação dig­i­tal e res­olução de prob­le­mas com impres­so­ras 3D. O work­shop será ainda um lugar priv­i­le­giado para adquirir con­hec­i­men­tos sobre os mais diver­sos tópi­cos, como teo­ria da elec­trónica, design de firmware, engen­haria mecânica, pro­to­co­los de série, fab­ri­cação dig­i­tal e desenho 3D.

A impres­sora 3D con­struída durante o work­shop ficará pos­te­ri­or­mente disponível para os mem­bros do alt­Lab (qual­quer inter­es­sado se pode inscr­ever no alt­Lab se assim o dese­jar). Os par­tic­i­pantes que dese­jem con­struir a sua própria máquina, e levá-la para casa, terão que adquirir o respec­tivo kit open source no site da Maker­Bot.

Zach Hoeken

Zach Hoeken likes to dream big, fail big, and win big. His true pas­sion in life is act­ing as a cat­a­lyst and help­ing oth­ers do amaz­ing things. Whether it is cre­at­ing open source micro con­trollers (sanguino.cc), robot con­troller soft­ware (replicat.org), object shar­ing web­sites (thingiverse.com), self repli­cat­ing 3D print­ers (reprap.org), or hacker col­lec­tives (nycresistor.com) there is one cen­tral pur­pose: to help other peo­ple help them­selves cre­ate an awe­some world to live in. He hopes that some­day we can cre­ate a world that sur­passes even the wildest futures por­trayed in sci­ence fic­tion. He thinks the uni­verse is and will con­tinue to be com­pletely rad. Do you want to help?

Datas e Val­ores para inscrição no work­shop:

Inscrições até 31 de Julho: 200€*

(50% no acto de inscrição + 50% até 19 de Setem­bro)

Inscrições após 31 de Julho: 250€*

(pagos no acto de inscrição)

* não reem­bol­sável

3D printing workshop

digital art girls @ futurartes

digital art girls @ futurartes
Ladies, from left to right: Raquel Pardal, Ana Car­valho, Diana Combo, Elga Fer­reira, Petra Far­inha, Cata­rina Mota, and Mónica Mendes. And then, of course, there’s Rudolfo Quin­tas in between Elga and Petra 🙂 Note that we tried to hide our lap­tops under the table to avoid look­ing like total worka­holics, but Mónica’s still shows…

We loved the first edi­tion of futu­rartes. There were talks by LCD (Pedro Ângelo), In Motion (Fil­ipe Valpereiro), and alt­Lab + open­Ma­te­ri­als (me), Pro­cess­ing and PD work­shops (Pedro Ângelo), per­for­mances by Rudolfo Quin­tas, Diat0m (Rui Mon­teiro), and Magenta Inte­rior (Ana Car­valho). Thank you Pedro and Raquel for a won­der­ful fes­ti­val!

But mostly it was great to, for the first time in quite a while, gather together so many Por­tuguese girls work­ing in dig­i­tal arts — there were 8 of us, instead of the usual 2 or 3. Raquel, Ana, Diana, Elga, Petra, Cata­rina, Mónica, and Letí­cia (who wasn’t there for the group pic) are devel­op­ing exper­i­men­tal work on tan­gi­ble inter­faces, bio art, com­puter vision, phys­i­cal com­put­ing, live video pro­cess­ing, hybrid mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing, and per­for­mance. Yay ladies!