food for your stomach

Feed­ing 15 sleep deprived hack­ers is not an easy task and dur­ing the AZ Res­i­dency only 3 peo­ple were brave enough to put their culi­nary tal­ents to the test: Joel, Vitor and Mar­i­ana. Every­one agreed that their home­made meals were awe­some and no bug reports were filed. Since we believe in shar­ing, here are Joel’s deli­cious open source recipes (in french comme il faut):

Salad Dress­ing [ VO ]

4 cuil­lère à soupe d’huile d’olive
3 cuil­lère à soupe de vinai­gre bal­samique
2 cuil­lère à café de miel

Goûter et ajuster : si trop sucré, ajouter du vinai­gre / si trop amer, ajouter du miel.

Bask Chicken [ VO ]

Prévoir un bon morceau de poulet pour cha­cun des invités
Sauce tomate

Con­tinue read­ing “food for your stom­ach”

makerbot as microscope: what we learned

Joel Belouet has been work­ing on an art piece involv­ing microor­gan­isms and needed a sup­port struc­ture for his micro­scope cam­era. It turns out the Maker­Bot sit­ting on our table was the solu­tion.

At first Joel attached the cam­era to the z axis and the slide rested on the build plat­form, but it soon became clear that it would be much bet­ter to have the sam­ple remain still and the cam­era move instead. Invert­ing the posi­tions meant attach­ing the slide to the bot­tom of the z axis plat­form in order to pre­vent the cam­era lens from bump­ing against it. This setup also allowed him to use the z crank as a focus mech­a­nism. Con­tinue read­ing “maker­bot as micro­scope: what we learned”

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 :

Maker­bot Indus­tries

Drum Pads



Four drum pads ready to go.

All made of old mate­r­ial found in the Alt/Lab instal­la­tions, and a very spe­cial big thankxxx for Mónica who brought the cas­ings (we are going back to that in a moment) for the drum pads.

So the idea was to make drum pads that we could hook up to a sound card(or what­ever) and them make sweet music, this is a very nice com­bi­na­tion between piezo­elec­tric com­po­nents and a few lay­ers of some absorbent sound  mate­r­ial like rub­ber or cork foil (that’s what we use because there was noth­ing more) and a piece of alu­minum foil for a greater drum area .

We use an old can (20l) of paint, four piezo­elec­tric found in elec­tronic junk like old modems and old tele­phones, wire for con­nect­ing the piezos, cork foil for insu­la­tion the drum pad area and Mónica sup­ply the cas­ings (square rub­ber cd´s stands), and glue for putting every­thing nice and tight .

First we cut a piece of the can (cir­cu­lar about 10cm radius)and we glued the piezo into it, then we drilled one hole into the rub­ber cas­ing for the wires to came out, them we cut two square cork foil parts (the first in the bot­tom of the cas­ing and the other for the top) a bit of glue and that’s it drum pads ready to rock.

Now we got some audio com­ing out of the pads but thats just bor­ing because its always the same and we want to go fur­ther like trans­form­ing audio into midi mes­sages, and we found the right tool for it, its called  “KTDrumTrig­ger” and he trans­forms the audio sig­nal into midi notes, we can use this midi notes inside a sequencer pro­gram to con­trol any kind of instru­ment (either VSTI or some other stuff), in our case we use the drum pads to con­trol “Bat­tery” and thats it instant fun.

There are some other links and some other ideas for drum pads. This “one“uses ardunio as a source for the imput sig­nal.


Project Helicam

Helicam Sketches

Heli­cam is an Alt­Lab project that emerged from the wish to cap­ture images from the sky with a WiFi enabled cam­era so that one can see what’s being shot from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and in real-time. This approach may lead to new par­a­digms in visual per­spec­tives by enabling shoot­ing from air views at a con­sid­er­ably low cost and also so close that can­not be eas­ily done from a heli­copter.

As a real exam­ple, one of the projects to accom­plish with Heli­cam is for test­ing for local forests sur­veil­lance and use in related research projects, as with for­est fire pre­ven­tion for sus­tain­abil­ity. Other pos­si­ble oper­a­tion fields can be archi­tec­ture, build­ing sur­veil­lance or even artis­tic per­for­mance envi­ron­ments where mul­ti­me­dia has a strong pres­ence.

The main idea is to build an inex­pen­sive and flex­i­ble plat­form using – as a start­ing point – spec­i­fi­ca­tions made avail­able by sev­eral open source projects avail­able online (like Mikrokopter or UAVP-NG). After doing some ini­tial research and costs eval­u­a­tion we real­ized that we can­not make this pro­to­type with the resources cur­rently avail­able within the group mem­bers or Alt­Lab and there­fore we started to seek for some kind of spon­sor­ship. I have to say that we were lucky since with only two con­tacts made, we were able to fundraise money in order to build a fly­ing pro­to­type accord­ing to our ini­tial costs pre­dic­tions. Thank you Mob­bit for accept­ing our pro­posal!!

If you wanna join us in this project stop by Alt­Lab in one of our reg­u­lar Tues­day night meet­ings.