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.

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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!