Ada Lovelace developed the first piece of software in history, for Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine; she’s, therefore, the world’s first software programmer! Today is Ada Lovelace Day and we are celebrating women in technological fields.
Here at Altlab we have a strong feminine influence since two of our founders are awesomely extraordinary techy women!
Catarina is a bit our de facto leader, gluing us all together with her incredible tenderness and forced volunteering skills. Her main interests and topics of research are computer vision, intelligent materials, hackerspaces and personal fabrication. Catarina got her Master degree in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where she specialized in physical computing and interactive installations. Besides AltLab, she’s one of the founders and main writters of http://openmaterials.org/. She’s also an active member of Thingiverse and her “things” and procedural 3d modelling are praised by just about everyone, check it out http://www.thingiverse.com/catarina!
Mónica (the blonde acrobatic monkey suit) is our charming radical surfer founder! When she’s not hacking her own Range Rover she’s busy working with real-time video installations on a project called RTiVISS http://www.rtiviss.com/ which is the basis of her PhD. She is also an interface designer and a multimedia educator.
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Vamos pegar aleatóriamente num motor de passo e tentar descobrir que tipo de motor é, desenhar um diagrama simples do mesmo.
Depois vamos pegar no ferro de soldar (não há que ter meeeeeedo :)) e montar um circuito que permite controlar esse motor a partir de um Arduino ou qualquer outra placa baseada num microcontrolador.
Todo o material é fornecido e fica para os participantes, sendo apenas necessário trazer ferro de soldar e multimetro (ou esperar que alguma alma caridosa vos empreste).
O número de participantes é limitado pelo que, se disserem que vêm, contamos MEEESMO convosco 😉
Para inscrições e pedidos de informação: workshops /arroba/ audienciazero.org
Lotação máxima de 10 participantes
Sábado 13 de Março de 2010
AltLab em Cacilhas
Let’s each of us pick up a random stepper and try to find out what kind of stepper it is, draw a simple diagram.
Then pick up the soldering iron (have noooooo fear :)) and assemble a circuit to control that motor from an Arduino or any other microcontroller-based board.
All materials are supplied to the participants and everyone gets to keep them; you’re just required to bring your own soldering iron and multimeter (or wait a random amount of time to borrow someone else’s).
The number of participations is limited, therefore, if you tell us you’ll come, we’ll REEEALLY be waiting for you 😉
For registration and information requests: workshops /at/ audienciazero.org
Maximum of 10 participants
Saturday, March 13 2010
AltLab @ Cacilhas
Yesterday’s late night hacking session managed to deliver some results. Baco’s Mechanism was complete and so, to celebrate, refreshments were in order, plus waking up to join the party anyone who was already asleep. The troublemakers delivered a personalized rendition of the classic, also previously abused for remixes, Vitor Espadinha “Recordar é Viver”.
Today was a sad day, everyone who was taking their time getting up was also woken up with a new personalized rendition of Vitor Espadinha’s “Recordar é Viver”, payback is a bitch. We packed up and headed down to a local restaurant for the last meal of this week’s residency. With promises of returning in June for 10 more days of collaborative hacking.
Day 6 started pretty late. At 10 o clock we had a mini makerbot workshop to replace a broken extruder piece, but most folks were still asleep from staying up till late working on the Piano Cocktail, so only Catarina and Guilherme managed to attend and fix the broken piece.
Late arrivers João, Vitor and Mécia arrived shortly after while i tried to finish up some work on the haiku generator and Mauricio was working on the keyboard mischiefs with Catarina. Guilherme was already gone, he had to prepare his work for the Talk Show piece downtown. A little while later Mónica and Francesco decided to join us in discovering where Blackbox was actually, we got abit lost but managed to all arrive on time.
The piece was pretty great! Well produced and performed! So props to the ones involved was in order and back we went to our residency for some food and project pushing. Guilherme and Catarina still messing with the Makerbot; Mónica blowing plants; Filipe, Ricardo and Mauricio finishing up the Piano Cocktail; Luis and João working on the meal tracking ballet system; Pedro helping out Jorge with his Arduino issues; and me trying out a couple new remixes of the remix.
Before dinner we also had a short visit from a few performance related folks, seemingly guests from our host and friend here at Espaço do Tempo, Rui Horta. They seemed pretty interested in our adventures with the new technologies, especially in terms of networking and open source mentality.
There was no catering on Saturday aparently, so things were abit more erratic but it all worked out in the end. We managed to organize a nice dinner event with nearly everyone present, and proceeded directly to judging the world famous Vitor Espadinha “Recordar é Viver” remix compo, participating was me, Sérgio and the proclaimed winner mister Pedro Ângelo.
90’s electro night proceeds as i type, everyone seems to be happily working on their projects and/or enjoying their refreshments. It sucks hard that tomorrow is the last day already. As a curiosity note, it seems 95% of the folks here at the residency use Mac’s, even if one of them does have Linux installed.
Yesterday’s dinner didn’t go so well. We went to pick up a few doses of “Mistos de Porco Preto” (means something like Mix of Dark Pig in English) at this local restaurant which we had scouted on Tuesday as serving pretty well. But we had an unfortunate surprise, they under-served us half our dosage. So a new quest had been unlocked: to retrieve our fair share today or raise havoc!
At the lab i had no idea what happened during the morning since i slept until very late, but right after lunch everyone scattered off to handle different things:
— Sérgio and Francesco still busy documenting their ants project.
— Tara with the plastic PCB experiments.
— Jorge putting the finishing touches on his VJ mixer frame.
— Mónica pushing her wind/fan project into a first protoype.
— I pushed the genhaiku abit closer to version 2.0
— Luis arrived to the residency to work on his meal tracking idea.
— Ricardo and Filipe went on a magic journey to the local “sawmill” store to get the last parts for their piano cocktail.
— Mauricio gave us a workshop about tiny solar robots with BEAM circuits.
— And Catarina hacking some keyboard interfaces
So for dinner we went to reclaim our lost dosage of Mistos de Porco Preto and managed to succeed in our ordeal! Quest complete! We also took the wonderful opportunity to shop some essential refreshments for tomorrows farewell party.
Back at the residency we had visitors from a local juvenile theater group, we gave them a quick tour round up of all the stuff we have lying around and the projects people have been working in. Which went pretty well, they were all pretty marveled and excited with all we had going on, asking how they could do their own and spend the rest of their lives doing what we do. Which made us happy.
The rest of the night was spent attending Mauricio’s workshop and working on some entry for our fast music remix compo of Vitor Espadinha’s “Relembrar é Viver”. Results should be available tomorrow.