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——– 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

I’m not in the mood…

Pos­ted by  via T(h)inker it!

At least it’s what she said! Vio­leta… the prin­ter, I mean 🙂
From the begin­ning, tues­day it’s mee­ting day atAltLab and I’ve dis­cus­sed with Mau­ri­cio the pos­si­bi­lity of using the Mini-Men­del with an adap­ter, a Pen Hol­der to write the pcb’s layouts. The X axis car­ri­age from the Mini-Men­del was disas­sem­bled and after I’ve finished assem­ble it, it loo­ked a lit­tle wob­bly, and we don’t want a wob­bly prin­ter!
So, Thin­gi­verse to the res­cue, and we found theMen­del Mini-Car­ri­age, and of we go… to the Maker­bot!!!
This was my first inte­rac­tion with a 3d Prin­ter, and everything went well… until… when the print rea­ched about 1cm of height, the extru­der deci­ded stop the extru­sion… damn!
We star­ted over, but there was a sus­pi­cion over the lap­top, so we’ve tried using the SD Card to print… it didn’t work! Now the sus­pect is the ver­sion 3 firmware… and the lap­top… it’s a cabala or lack of luck :p
Did we give up? No, of course not, we’ve selec­ted a smal­ler piece of the Mini-Car­ri­age and pres­sed “BUILD”, and all went as expec­ted, the first piece of the Mini-car­ri­age was a suc­cess!
Let’s try another… and all went well.. until the 1cm of height… the extru­der fai­led again :p
It was get­ting late, so we’ve clo­sed the shop for the day… err… night.
But not everything was lost, we’ve plot­ted a plan to deve­lop a Gen8 elec­tro­nics, just wait for it 🙂