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Mauricio Martins.
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Coordinator of altLab Lisbon’s Hackerspace, a community-based and community-building collective dedicated to independent research. Maker of Things, Tinkerer, and Open Source advocate. Works mainly as Collaborative Project Developer focused on DIY Experimentation with Electronics, Physical Computing and Digital Fabrication.

Actual coordinator of Altlab – Lisbon’s Hackerspace

Experiência em eletrónica, desenho de interação e vídeo produção.
Defensor e promotor do uso do software e hardware livres (open-source software&hardware).
Desenvolve projetos nas áreas de computação física, interfaces tangíveis e interativas.
Organiza workshops na área do DIY (do it yourself) e fabricação digital.
Colabora com diversos artistas portugueses no desenvolvimento de soluções interativas.

1998 – 2002 : É diretor técnico audiovisual Praça Sony, Expo’98. – Lisboa
2002 – > : Lança website para prestação de serviços audiovisuais.
2010 : Participa como colaborador no Interactivos’10, Medialab Prado – Madrid.
2010 – > : Coordena altLab – Lisbon´s Hackerspace.
2010 – > : Colabora na área de hardware para computação física nas empresas NearInteraction e ArticaCC.
2010 : Participa na residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo.
2011 : Organiza e coordena evento na área da fabricação digital, FabriCamp LX1 no Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Lisboa.
2011 – > : Lança website para prestação de serviços e venda de artigos na área da computação física.
2011 : Organiza e coordena Residência AZ “Tangíveis” no Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo.
2011 : Idealiza projeto “Nuclear Taco Helmet Sensor Gameshow” e coordena equipa vencedora do primeiro prémio do público no Codebits V.
2011 – 2012 : Organiza workshops na área da Eletrónica DIY no Festival Cidade PreOcupada – Montemor-o-Novo.
2012 : Desenvolve em conjunto com a empresa ArticaCC soluções interactivas para campanha publicitária da Adidas na Liga dos Campeões. – Munique.
2012 : Organiza e coordena workshop para construção de impressoras 3D no FabLab EDP.
2012 : Participa a convite do Pav. do Conhecimento no workshop “Thinkering Studio Implementation” no Exploratorium. – São Francisco, EUA.

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Playable Papercraft Piano Box

Our foun­der Cata­rina Mota @ NYC Resistor

From NYC Resis­tor website

Eric Skiff wrote:

The piano box is a (somewhat polypho­nic) paper toy synthe­si­zer with 12 keys, each trig­ge­ring a tone and an LED. The keys are a set of capa­ci­tive sen­sors, made of cop­per tape, con­trol­led by an Arduino Mega run­ning the Cap­Sense and Tone libra­ries. The code for this pro­ject, writ­ten by Will Byrd and Cata­rina Mota, can be down­lo­a­dedhere. Ple­ase note that the cur­rent ver­sion of the Tone library has some pro­blems on Arduino 1.0. so it’s best to use ver­sion 23 or earlier.

The libra­ries used are avai­la­ble here:

Music: Chibi Ninja – from Resis­tor Anthems by Eric Skiff

So full of win!

Pos­ted by  via T(h)inker it!


So it was, yes­ter­day AltLab mee­tup was full of win.
It star­ted with some­one showing off his pro­ject, Laser Tag… no, no lase­rish paint­bal­lish kind of laser tag, it was more graf­fiti tag­ging, but using a laser poin­ter, a video pro­jec­tor, a camera and a kind off nifty soft­ware :)
Everyone played with it, and hea­ded back inside, it was a kind of chilly in the back alley.Next, João Neves and me went on a date with Vio­leta… It was a kind of thre­e­some, but Vio­leta is AltLab Cup­cake 3D printer!I tried prin­ting a part from a Wal­lace, bat as usual, Vio­leta didn’t finished the print, and I was using my com­pu­ter, so the plot thickens! :(


The pro­blem is in the prin­ter, now we’re cer­tain of this! We sca­ven­ged AltLab junk… err… the nice and very orga­ni­zed warehouse for ATX PSU, and tried a few, but that didn’t, so we plug­ged the ori­gi­nal one back, and it wor­ked! Vio­leta is prin­ting again, at least two parts for Franky (a mini-mendel) without a hitch, the future will tell us.


And the pièce de résis­tance was the first test of a ste­reo litho­graphy prin­ter… “what?!!?” it’s a 3D prin­ter using photo sen­si­ble resin as a medium, very impres­sive piece of tech­no­logy. They made some expo­sure tests to unders­tand how long they need to expose the resin for a per­fect cure, it’s around 15 seconds and they-re ready for the next layer :) A full of win day!

Blender Classes Feedback

——– Ori­gi­nal Mes­sage ——–
Sub­ject: Workshop
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:39:03 –0000
From: João Alves
To: Fer­di­nand Meier

Olá tudo bem?

Era só para dizer que gos­tei muito do workshop.
Está aqui uma ani­ma­ção que rea­li­zei em casa com os conhe­ci­men­tos adqui­rido no teu workshop.

Podes ver tam­bém o meu web­site que tem alguns pro­je­tos rea­li­za­dos no Blender.

Gos­tei muito e espero que haja mais workshops do Blen­der que achei espetacular.

Um abraço:


Friendly robots!

Pos­ted by  via T(h)inker it!

A swarm of robot’s inva­ded yes­ter­day AltLab mee­tup… swarm… meh… should I say… 3? Well… 3 it’s gre­a­ter than 2, so… a small swarm of robots inva­ded AltLab!
They were brought by André Almeida, from Artica.Two of them were Gui­bots and the big­ger one is a Maga­bot.
The Gui­bot is Far­rusco is a small robot based on the Arduino plat­form, in this case it’s using a Moto­ruino wich is an Arduino clone with a cou­ple of enhan­ce­ments – dc motor dual con­trol­ler, servo and sen­sor plugs, pos­si­bi­lity to select 5v or exter­nal power source for motors and PWM pins.
With Far­rusco you will be able to make it avoid obs­ta­cles, fol­low walls, enter in free space mode, and in the future more add-ons will be avai­la­ble, just to name a few: line fol­lower, spe­a­kers and light sen­sors, RGB leds, and so on.
Maga­bot is an Arduino based, open source robo­tics plat­form desig­ned to give mobi­lity to any por­ta­ble com­pu­ter and in this case Skype was used to con­trol it… video con­fe­rence with the abi­lity to stroll around a remote room/office.

Pedra d’Água

AUTHORS: Rui de Car­va­lho; Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins; Pedro Ângelo; Kyri­a­kos Koursaris

Con­cept Author by Rui de Car­va­lho;
Engi­ne­e­ring Deve­lop­ment by Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins;
Soft­ware Com­pu­ting Ori­en­ta­tion by Pedro Ângelo;
Sound and Music by Kyri­a­kos Koursaris;

Col­la­bo­ra­tion: Ricardo Lobo; João Gon­çal­ves;

This project’s desig­na­tion intends to pro­ceed to a new over­view of the human con­di­tion.
We must think of a box that is direc­ted to the inside, to the place where we find our mea­ning and where, the­re­fore, we part in search of our sig­ni­fi­cance.
I want to relive this awa­re­ness because it implies a demand and this demand will take us, no doubt, to some kind of fin­ding.
We can des­cribe “Pedra d’ Água” as a Tech­no­logy and Digi­tal Art Tem­ple, that tries to raise the need of one for another and the ritual way we cho­ose to cele­brate the emp­ti­ness left in us when some­one lea­ves.
I won­der if in a near future, this kind of tech­no­lo­gi­cal chi­mera will be the only way to ensure the exten­sion of our dise­a­sed and lost into the living world.
Also, I ask myself if the machine beco­mes equal to the human cre­a­tor, like a post-maker without the bur­den of a body or if the cre­a­tor beco­mes domi­na­ted by tech­no­logy. We must stop and medi­tate over the pos­si­bi­lity that this way will lead us to the over­powe­ring of machine over human, taking us further into ali­e­na­tion.
Nowa­days it’s been noted a high num­ber of vari­ous mani­fes­ta­ti­ons by web users meant to be some kind of memory or tri­bute to the dise­a­sed loved ones.
Today, fri­ends and family keep web­si­tes upda­ted, as if they refuse to accept the impo­sed absence. They keep their rou­ti­nes, exten­ding an emo­ti­o­nal con­nec­tion simi­lar to the one that was expe­ri­en­ced with the loved one.
“Pedra d´Agua” will be like a sanc­tu­ary that will regis­ter mani­fes­ta­ti­ons from web users: when some­one wri­tes or upda­tes one of this “tri­bute” sites, Pedra d´Água will light up, rele­a­sing a sound. When we don´t find find upda­ted infor­ma­tion, Pedra d´Água” will cry.
I wish to cre­ate a arti­fact that claims our soci­ety as one of living but, also, as one of dead and that will allow the per­pe­tu­a­tion of the indi­vi­dual and col­lec­tive memory accor­ding to a new way: the web.


Doodling in 3D

Don’t worry, he’s mos­tly harm­less!
Basí­lio, a good­fella, a Lobs­ter, a good fri­end and a Goo­gle Sket­chUp ninja!
Well, yes­ter­day was AltLab mee­tup day, and the plan was: make a 3D model of an X axis car­ri­age for a mini-mendel.
It was a suc­cess! After a few hours using Goo­gle Sket­chUp, we’ve mana­ged to cre­ate a darn good loo­king car­ri­age.
The next step will be print it and assem­ble it.
Mini-Mendel X Axis mini-carriage
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