AZ Labs @ O Espaço do Tempo


The AZ Labs resi­dency at Espa­ço do Tem­po in Mon­te­mor-o-Novo is sadly over for now. Folks have been wor­king hard to finish things up for the pro­to exhi­bi­ti­on of pro­jects we had on Satur­day.

A few pro­jects were shel­ved or aban­do­ned for dif­fe­rent rea­sons. Not sta­ble enough, not enough time, no right mate­ri­als, not enough beer. In the end were left with 9 pro­jects.

AR Cubes — André Sier deve­lo­ped a few expe­ri­ments with cubes glu­ed with prin­ted aug­men­ted rea­lity fidu­ci­al mar­kers. Dif­fe­rent mar­kers trig­ger dif­fe­rent effects. You can play with them to make dif­fe­rent com­bi­na­ti­ons of objects and lines inte­rac­ting with each other.


Trac­king Head — Tia­go Ser­ra, Andrea Ino­cên­cio and Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins wor­ked on a mane­quin head res­cu­ed during a dumps­ter diving ses­si­on. They equip­ped a box with IR leds and use a came­ra with fil­ters to track the move­ment of the box. With the­se valu­es they send rota­ti­on infor­ma­ti­on to a ser­vo motor equi­ped in the base of the mane­quin head. The same valu­es are also sent to a soft­ware that selects a cor­res­pon­ding angle pho­to whi­ch is pro­jec­ted in the mane­quin. This sys­tem makes the fre­aky mane­quin head rota­te in the direc­ti­on of the object.

Tal­king Head — Next to the Trac­king Head we have a spe­a­ker box equip­ped wih an ardui­no, an ir recei­ver and a wave shi­eld. When the box han­dled by the user aims at the spe­a­ker box it trig­gers ran­dom sam­ples from a sam­ple pool, giving the illu­si­on that the head itself is tal­king. Mau­ri­cio, André, Fili­pe, João and Rita wor­ked on this pro­ject.

Trac­king Boids — The flo­or of the Trac­king Head spa­ce is cove­red with small light spots flying around. The­se boids, pro­gram­med by André Sier may look like ran­dom dis­co lights on first glan­ce but when some­o­ne moves into the came­ra they flock towards the user.


Micro CNC — Tia­go Ror­ke had been wor­king on a Micro CNC pro­ject, pie­ces prin­ted with the Maker­bot. Tere­za Car­do­so gave him a hand making a pro­ject out of it by taking pho­tos of the atten­ders of the resi­dency, down­gra­ding them to vec­tor for­mat and having the micro cnc sket­ch them. They are drawn on the walls of the resi­dency itself, along with qr code lin­king to video inter­vi­ews tal­king about each per­sons invol­ve­ment with the dif­fe­rent pro­jects.

Paint Video Sig­nals — Andrea Ino­cên­cio recor­ded some short vide­os of red blue and black paint being appli­ed to dif­fe­rent mediums (water, paper, table). Fili­pe Cruz did a lit­tle pro­ces­sing sket­ch to extract midi valu­es from a grid of pixels in the video and send them to reak­tor. Some gene­ra­ti­ve sound tests were recor­ded and mixed into a video dvd.

Blip Blop Blir Boxes — André Sier and Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins wor­ked on a few small boxes pac­ked with an Ardui­no, IR sen­sors, LEDs and spe­a­kers. Boxes poin­ting to each other make the LEDs chan­ge their color. A third box poin­ted to the pre­vi­ous boxes makes them give out some blips and blops sounds.


O mun­do é em cada ins­tan­te o que ele não pode não ser.” — A pro­ject con­cei­ved by Patri­cia Pro­en­ça con­sis­ting of a hand drawn ani­ma­ti­on of a tree growing being pro­jec­ted into a wall. The ani­ma­ti­on is trig­ge­red when a wate­ring can equi­ped with a cellpho­ne is til­ted into an ali­en plant object. Tia­go Ser­ra gave her a hand with the tech­ni­cal imple­men­ta­ti­on.

Trail­chi — Gui­lher­me Car­ta­xo and Sónia Mala­qui­as been wor­king for whi­le on their pro­ject invol­ving long expo­si­ons to tai chi ses­si­ons per­for­med in the dark with a sword and suit equip­ped with 12 LEDs. The cap­tu­red ani­ma­ti­ons makes some beau­ti­ful light trails art. Also helps analy­se the moti­on of the ses­si­on.

AZ Labs @ O Espaço do Tempo

Day three is alre­ady upon us at the AZ Labs Resi­dency. Folks still hap­pily hac­king away day and night.

Run to the local chi­ne­se sto­re brought back some hac­ka­ble goo­di­es like color­ful balls, a giant rubik’s cube and some woo­den boxes. Andrea Ino­cên­cio was assig­ned to dril­ling duty after finishing up with the mane­quin head. Ricar­do Web­bens left behind his radio loca­ti­on ardui­no cir­cuit pro­toty­pes for me to test.

César Coe­lho took the time to learn some new soft­ware stuff. Tia­go Ser­ra is cur­ren­tly trying to make the kinect and the ardui­no talk with each other and make some annoying sinus sounds. André Sier spent the after­no­on hac­king with Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins pro­gram­ming the ardui­nos with ir detec­ti­on to give some ran­dom blips and blops.

Tia­go Ror­ke is almost finished with prin­ting and san­ding the hard­ware of his revo­lu­ti­o­nary Micro CNC. Ricar­do Lobo tri­ed des­pe­ra­tly to get the other Maker­bot wor­king. Pedro Ânge­lo sec­clu­ded him­self to code some kinect stuff for Play With Fire. Fili­pe Cruz spent some time tes­ting new ver­si­ons of kinect libra­ri­es and ran­dom iPad deve­lop­ment.

Ivo Andra­de drop­ped by to enhan­ce his pro­ject of the boy sit­ting on a metal cube. Patri­cia Pro­en­ça sket­ched some con­cept art. Other folks were also wal­king around loo­king busy and dis­cus­sing ide­as. 7 more days to go.

AZ Labs @ O Espaço do Tempo


AZ Labs are back in resi­dency at Mon­te­mor-o-Novo. This time we are trying to have a con­nec­ting the­me for the cre­a­ti­ve tech­no­logy hac­king insa­nity. The plan for the next 10 days is to brains­torm, con­cep­tu­a­li­ze and pro­toty­pe pro­ject ide­as for tan­gi­ble objects that can inte­ract with each other and the envi­ron­ment.

We have folks atten­ding with all sorts of back­grounds: com­pu­ter sci­en­ce, plas­tic arts, per­for­man­ce arts, elec­tro­nics, indus­tri­al fabri­ca­ti­on, graphic design, sound design, sta­tis­tics, soci­o­logy. We barely had time to intro­du­ce our­sel­ves to the first timers and new ide­as are alre­ady brewing. Plans for infra­red com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. Aug­men­ted rea­lity envi­ron­ments. Radio sig­nal tri­an­gu­la­ti­ons. LED boards and cubes. Mul­ti­ple kinect abu­se. Let us wait and see into what the­se ide­as will matu­re into.

Right now it’s 2 am, some folks alre­ady went to sle­ep whi­le others are hard at work on per­so­nal pro­jects. Using one of the Maker­bots to print parts to build a Micro CNC. Trying to get the lar­ger CNC wor­king again. Hac­king mal­func­ti­o­ning audio adap­tors to cre­a­te con­tact micropho­nes. Imple­men­ting some tan­gi­ble inte­rac­ti­on with the kinect. Tes­ting out some things with Ardui­nos. Fai­ling to ins­tall ofxP­TAM. The list goes on.

True hac­king knows no sle­ep.

SketchChair Hackday


SketchChair Hackday por Tiago Rorke

Gos­ta­va de saber se alguém quer ir ao FabLab no dia 6 de Janei­ro, para umas brin­ca­dei­ras

com Sket­ch­Chair, fazer cadei­ras-mini­a­tu­ra, ou mes­mo em tama­nho real, usan­do as máqui­nas que lá há.



Este dia esta­va mar­ca­do para um Sket­ch­Chair workshop públi­co, mas infe­liz­men­te a máqui­na de cor­te a laser, que era fun­da­men­tal para o workshop, está ava­ri­a­da e não pode ser usa­da. Mes­mo assim, que­ria apro­vei­tar o dia, por­tan­to, se alguém qui­ser par­ti­ci­par e ir lá brin­car um boca­do com design de móveis e fabri­ca­ção digi­tal, é ques­tão de com­bi­nar­mos!



Se alguém esti­ver inte­res­sa­do em fazer uma cadei­ra em tama­nho real, diga-me algu­ma coi­sa. Pode­mos pro­cu­rar mate­ri­ais e pre­pa­rar tudo no pró­prio dia, e seria pos­sí­vel fazer duas (ou mais) cadei­ras nes­se mes­mo dia, depen­den­do do design. Fiz um pro­tó­ti­po esta sema­na em Val­ch­ro­mat, um mate­ri­al fabri­ca­do em Naza­ré que fun­ci­o­nou mui­to bem e tem cor > the lit­tle blue chair. Caso alguém este­ja inte­res­sa­do, pos­so ten­tar pedir mais pla­cas para ter no FabLab.



Obri­ga­do e abra­ços para todos!
Tia­go Ror­ke

Our founder Catarina Mota @ Open Hardware Summit 2012


Our foun­der Cata­ri­na Mota is the new co-chair of the Open Hard­ware Sum­mit 2012 🙂


New chairs of the Open Hard­ware Sum­mit 2012 | Cata­ri­na Mota & Dustyn Roberts

Passing the torch! | Open Hardware Summit

After two ama­zing and ins­pi­ring ite­ra­ti­ons (2011 and 2010), we are exci­ted to announ­ce we are pas­sing the Open Hard­ware Sum­mit tor­ch.…
With Catarina’s exper­ti­se in Open Mate­ri­als, and Dustyn’s work in open mecha­nisms and robo­tics, each will bring a uni­que new dimen­si­on to the term “Open Hard­ware” and together bro­a­den the rele­van­ce and rea­ch of our move­ment and sum­mit.
Thank you all for the sup­port, we can­not stress enough that this is your move­ment, and everyo­ne here has hel­ped make it hap­pen. The sup­port for the Sum­mit, from hel­ping hands to dona­ti­ons, made it pos­si­ble. Ple­a­se con­ti­nue to sup­port the move­ment as it goes forward.
Put your hands together for Cata­ri­na and Dustyn!
Ali­cia & Ayah