a glove that lights up when you shake hands

light up glove

This mit­ten lights up when its wea­rer sha­kes hands with some­o­ne. It has two expo­sed soft con­tacts around the thumb and across the palm whi­ch, when brid­ged by bare skin, turn on the LED embed­ded on the flower. The mit­ten itself was cre­a­ted by fashi­on desig­ner Isa­bel Tomás, and we then sewed a sim­ple tou­ch swit­ch cir­cuit onto it using con­duc­ti­ve fabric and thre­ad. It also works with high fives and hol­ding hands 🙂

high five and holding hands

Isa­bel and I desig­ned this as a soft cir­cuits exer­ci­se for some upco­ming mate­ri­als workshops. You can find all the ins­truc­ti­ons and ima­ges we pre­pa­red for this pur­po­se @ openMaterials:

AZ Residency Day 2 – Nothing Like The Fresh Smell of Vinegar Early In The Morning

Day star­ted with a small queue to access the showers and a bre­ak­fast table side pro­jects meeting.

Today’s plan for world domi­na­ti­on involved:
— Con­nec­ting OSCu­lat­tor with Pachube
— Trac­king fish in the fish tank
— Coo­king bio­plas­tic sam­ple experiments
— Twit­ter bot with pro­ces­sing and/or javascript
— Taking apart old keyboards
— Plan­ning a real­ti­me vide­owall for AZ Labs

Most of the goals were rea­ched des­pi­te the usu­al setbacks.

Bio­plas­tic is sick. It’s basi­cally star­ch, water, gly­ce­ri­ne and vine­gar sti­red together and hea­ted slo­wly to a pasty bub­bly form that takes a day to strengthen up. Today we coo­ked a few vari­a­ti­ons of the stan­dard reci­pe to make a few sam­ple expe­ri­ments with dif­fe­rent ingre­di­ent ratio, coo­king time and thick­ness, to com­pa­re the pro­per­ti­es and pos­si­bly may­be pro­ba­bly figu­re out some inte­res­ting use for them in futu­re pro­jects. They take about a day to cure, so we have no con­clu­si­ons just yet, but we’re all pretty sick of the smell of vine­gar by now! Stay tuned for the fol­low up, coming to an hac­kers­pa­ce blog near you soon.

Fish are nice. We like fish. Fili­pe brought some with him and seems to be plan­ning some cute trac­king sys­tem ins­tal­la­ti­on. A crack in the main expe­ri­ments tank hold him back a few hours whi­le the sili­co­ne pat­ch dri­ed up, so it isn’t qui­te ope­ra­ti­o­nal just yet, but we’re alre­ady wor­king hard on the next evil step for world domi­na­ti­on: devi­sing a cle­ver way to cen­tra­li­ze and reu­se his lit­tle fishi­es trac­king valu­es. And sha­re them with the world whi­le we’re at it. Who knows who might need a bowl fish trac­king stre­am of valu­es out there.

We took a lit­tle walk wan­de­ring about Mon­te­mor-o-Novo, qui­te a pea­ce­ful town as it turns out, we mana­ged to find an open res­tau­rant with some excel­lent tra­di­ti­o­nal Por­tu­gue­se food, whi­ch was nice. Meanwhi­le, back in the new tech world, our plans for tonight’s gene­ric audio mis­chi­ef jam got held back by the lack of a mix table, some lag with nin­jam wire­less and an all­nigh­ter live bro­ad­cast stre­am pum­ping out of Aute­ch­re’s web­si­te.

AZ Residency Day 1 — We Have Arrived!

After many months of plan­ning and plot­ting and con­ju­ring evil dark for­ces with a few selec­ti­ve fri­en­dly con­tacts of the Audi­ên­cia Zero col­lec­ti­ve, the day finally arri­ved whe­re we head out for 1 week resi­dency with mem­bers form all of our three hac­klabs: LCD from Por­to, AltLab form Lis­bon and our very own xDA from Coimbra.

I mana­ged to setup a ride with a cou­ple of the big bos­ses from LCD, mis­ter Ricar­do Lobo and Pedro Ange­lo. I wai­ted for them the enti­re mor­ning, still sligh­tly reco­ve­ring from Satur­days pho­to exhi­bit ope­ning at Gale­ria Icon (whe­re xDA cola­bo­ra­ted with Sue doing some dj’ing and pro­jec­ti­on map­ping). Pho­ne­call reve­a­led they were alre­ady run­ning late and suf­fe­ring a major set­back, a for­got­ten wal­let, for­cing them to go back to Porto.

Long story short: The northern comi­ti­ve arri­ved a few hours later than sche­du­led to our des­tiny: Con­ven­to da Sau­da­ção, Montemor-o-Novo.


Peo­ple from the other labs were alre­ady moving around wor­king on some of their own pro­jects: Móni­ca gre­e­ted us out­si­de whe­re she was tes­ting the wifi access dis­tan­ce for her tree pro­ject. And insi­de we unra­ve­led the AZ room whe­re Gui­lher­me was bot­ching latest robo­tic cre­a­tu­re and Cata­ri­na gre­e­ted us with a handsha­ke using her latest spe­ed­pro­ject, a glo­ve with a led that lights when you sha­ke hands. Fili­pe was set­ting up his fish trac­king sys­tem in a cor­ner. Mau­ri­cio, Sér­gio and Tara were also around doing their own thing and others are sche­du­led to show up through the rest of the week.

Quick tour of the loca­ti­on reve­a­led it to be pretty cool. A reha­bi­li­ta­ted con­vent insi­de a typi­cal Por­tu­gue­se cas­tle with an over­vi­ew of the enti­re city. Plans for sight­se­eing abit aren’t enti­rely out of the ques­ti­on but we are mos­tly all really eager to get down and dirty with the technology.


Sit­ting down we finally start to assi­mi­la­te all the poten­ti­al: We have a Maker­bot table for 3d prin­ting. A microwa­ve oven, some star­ch, vine­gar and gly­ce­ri­ne to do some secret bio stuff (not bre­ak­fast pan­ca­kes). Tool­bo­xes, com­po­nents and PCBs for elec­tro­nics fun and non pro­fit. Plenty of pro­ject ide­as invol­ving data visu­a­li­za­ti­on, and fabric inter­fa­ces. And a very evil plan for col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve sound synthe­sis that will hope­fully invol­ve the PA, some con­tact mics, ran­dom MIDI/OSC valu­es from the run­ning pro­jects and plenty of laptops.

We can alre­ady pre­sent the first pro­ject, the Whi­te LED Red Glo­ve quick pro­ject by Cata­ri­na and Isa­bel. Whi­ch it’ll be easi­er to des­cri­be by quo­ting her own description.


This mit­ten lights up when its wea­rer sha­kes hands with some­o­ne. It has two expo­sed soft con­tacts around the thumb and across the palm whi­ch, when brid­ged by bare skin, turn on the LED embed­ded on the flower. The mit­ten itself was cre­a­ted by fashi­on desig­ner Isa­bel Tomás, and we then sewed a tou­ch swit­ch cir­cuit onto it using con­duc­ti­ve fabric and thre­ad. Isa­bel and I desig­ned this as a soft cir­cuits exer­ci­se for some upco­ming mate­ri­als workshops, and we’ll post some ins­truc­ti­ons soon.

First Soft Circuits Open Lab

soft circuits open lab

This Sunday we're holding our first Soft Circuits Open Lab at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon (FBAUL - Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa). There is no predefined structure for the event. We will meet for the course of one day with the purposes of sharing knowledge, experimenting freely, advancing on-going projects, and just having fun working together. Some of the people attending will be specialists in electronics and others in textiles. Barcamp style impromptu presentations are very welcome.

Altlab will provide some basic tools such as pliers, scissors, soldering irons, ironing board, etc. But participants must bring all the materials and additional equipment necessary for their own projects/experiments (including laptops). Here are some suggestions: any kind of fabric, needles and thread, yarn, t-shirts, conductive and/or resistive fabric, conductive thread, conductive and/or resistive yarn, knitting and/or crochet needles, LEDs, coin cell batteries, battery holders, EL wire, strands of fiber optics, copper foil, copper adhesive track, aluminum foil, resistive foam, regular foam, arduinos (lilypad or any other kind). If you've never worked with any of these materials and don't have them handy, come anyway, you can help someone else with their project and learn along the way.

For more information on soft circuits techniques and materials, check out the Soft Circuits Resources section on the openMaterials wiki.

This open lab will take place on February 21st, from 10:30 to 18:30, at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, room 307, 1st floor (since our own space is still under construction). All are welcome, there is no fee nor registration, but please do let me know if you are planning on coming: catarinamota(at)audienciazero.org

Residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo

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A Audiência Zero vai realizar uma residência artística multidisciplinar com os seus três laboratórios (AltLab, LCD, xDA) no O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo) no período entre 01 e 07 de Março e 14 e 23 de Junho. A apresentação dos trabalhos produzidos na residência será feita entre 12 e 25 de Julho. A residência é antes de mais destinada aos actuais membros dos laboratórios, mas está prevista a participação de elementos externos no caso destes apresentarem propostas de trabalho consistentes e interessantes. Mais informações e inscrições no fim desta página…

residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo

Os interessados na residência devem manifestar o seu interesse e inscreverem-se com a maior brevidade possível (fim da página) para garantir lugar. A organização entrará em contacto para dar seguimento à inscrição.

Quando solicitados pela organização os participantes devem indicar se têm um projecto em mente para desenvolver ou actividade a propor. Quanto mais claros forem os projectos e as actividades, assim como os pápeis a desempenhar por cada um dos elementos das equipas constituídas ou a constituir, maior é a probalidade da actividade ou projecto de ser integrada na residência.

As vagas na residência estão limitadas a 15, com direito a alojamento e uma refeição diária. No caso de existirem mais do que 15 participantes ter-se-á que escolher os projectos mais interessantes respeitando os seguintes critérios de selecção: criatividade, tecnologias envolvidas, viabilidade e tempo.

Após o periodo de inscrições, serão avaliados as aplicações pelos organizadores e definidos os artistas residentes. Iniciaremos a discussão dos projectos / actividades e definição da temática.

Exemplos Actividades:
. Workshops
. Palestras
. Demonstrações

Exemplos de Áreas de Projecto:
. Electrónica e Computação Física
. Instalações Interactivas
. Performance
. Robótica
. Visão por Computador
. Visualização de Dados


Audiência Zero will hold a multidisciplinary artist residency with its three laboratories (altlab, LCD, xDA) in O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo) in the period between 01 and 07 March and 14 and 23 June. The projects produced will be shown between 12 and 25 July. The residence is primarily intended for the current members of this laboratories, but participation of external elements is accepted where proposals are consistent and interesting. More information and registration at the end of this page …

Those interested in residence should express their interest and enroll as soon as possible (end of page) to secure a place. The organization will contact you to follow up the application.

When asked by the organization participants must indicate whether they have a project in mind to develop or an activity to propose. The clearer the projects and activities, as well as the roles played by each element of a team, the greater the likelihood of the activity or project to be integrated into the residence.

Vacancies in the residence are limited to 15, with the right accommodation and a daily meal. If there are more than 15 participants, the organization we’ll have to choose the most interesting projects addressing the following selection criteria: creativity, technologies involved, feasibility and time.

After the registration period, applications will be assessed by the organizers and established resident artists. We will begin the discussion of projects / activities and define the residency theme.

Sample Activities:
. Workshops
. Lectures
. Demos

Project theme examples:
. Electronics and Physical Computing
. Interactive Installations
. Performance
. Robotics
. Computer Vision
. Data Visualization

Espaço do Tempo

Espaço do Tempo

Organização: Guilherme Martins, Ricardo Lobo e Tiago Serra.


Residência AZ no Espaço do Tempo
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Formador: Audiência Zero
Coordenador: Audiência Zero
Datas: 1 a 7 Março; 14 a 23 Junho; 12 a 25 Julho
Horário: Todo Dia
Local: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Preço: 0 euros
Estado: Abertas as Inscrições

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