Arduino Hack Day report

[PT]No último sábado, 5 de Fevereiro, o alt­lab orga­ni­zou o Arduino Hack Day.
Par­tic­i­param no evento perto de 40 pes­soas, entre entu­si­as­tas em elec­trónica, artis­tas, pro­gra­madores, arqui­tec­tos, fotó­grafos, ami­gos.
[EN]On Feb 5th alt­lab held its first Arduino Hack Day. Around 40 enthu­si­asts, artists, pro­gram­mers, archi­tects, pho­tog­ra­phers and friends par­tic­i­pated in the event.

[PT]Para muitos, foi o primeiro con­tacto com o Arduino, a descoberta da sim­pli­ci­dade desta plataforma para o desen­volvi­mento de pro­jec­tos de com­putação física.
Dis­tribuí­dos por qua­tro ban­cadas, os par­tic­i­pantes começaram a exper­i­men­tar assim que chegaram!
[EN]For many this was their first con­tact with the Arduino, dis­cov­er­ing the ease with which this plat­form can be used for the devel­op­ment of phys­i­cal com­put­ing projects.
Assem­bled around work­benches, par­tic­i­pants started exper­i­ment­ing as soon as they arrived!

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[PT]Uma das ban­cadas, ded­i­cada ao tema Arduino, motores e a robótica, ficou por conta do Guil­herme Mar­tins (Gui­bot). Noutra ban­cada, alguns prin­cipi­antes apren­diam a dar os primeiros pas­sos, com a ajuda de mem­bros do alt­lab.
[EN]One of the tables, ded­i­cated to Arduino, motors and robot­ics, was run by Guil­herme Mar­tins (Gui­bot). Near by, at another table, some par­tic­i­pants took their first steps with the help of alt­lab mem­bers.

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[PT]Enquanto isso, a impres­sora 3D (“maker­bot”) trazida pelo nosso con­vi­dado neoze­landês, Tiago, ia impri­m­indo as primeiras peças.
[EN]All the while, the Maker­Bot brought by our New Zele­and guest Tiago, was print­ing some plas­tic parts for the projects.

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[PT]O Pedro Ângelo, do LCD­Lab, veio do Porto para nos aju­dar e ressus­ci­tou um pro­jecto antigo do Mau­rí­cio, que depois de pronto gerou alguma diver­são…
[EN]O Pedro Ângelo, from LCD­Lab, came from Porto to help out and decided to bring back to life an old project of Maurício’s which imme­di­ately turned into a lot of fun.…

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[PT]Logo depois do almoço começaram as apre­sen­tações. A Mónica Mendes e o Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins deram a con­hecer o colec­tivo alt­lab, o seu pas­sado, pre­sente e futuro. A Cheng Xu, tam­bém nossa con­vi­dada, apre­sen­tou-nos o Seee­duino Film. Por fim, o Gui­bot e o André, da Artica, falaram do Motoru­ino e do Far­r­usco.
[EN]After lunch we had some pre­sen­ta­tions. Mónica Mendes and Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins talked about the past, present and future of alt­lab. Our guest Cheng Xu pre­sented the See­duino film. Finally, Gui­bot and André from Artica talked about the Motoru­ino and Far­r­usco.

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[PT]Pas­sadas 10 horas de puro hack­ing e muita cerveja, o Arduino Hack Day chegava ao fim, todos os par­tic­i­pantes muito sat­is­feitos com a exper­iên­cia. O alt­lab con­seguiu con­cretizar o prin­ci­pal objec­tivo desta ini­cia­tiva: jun­tar pes­soas inter­es­sadas em par­til­har con­hec­i­men­tos sobre o Arduino, aju­dar quem nunca tinha desen­volvido nada com a plataforma e con­quis­tar novos inter­es­sa­dos em per­tencer a este colec­tivo fan­tás­tico!
[EN]After 10 hours of pure hack­ing and lots of beer, the Arduino Hack Day came to an end, and every­one left with a smile on their faces. We were able to attain the main goals for this event: gather peo­ple inter­ested in shar­ing knowl­edge about the Arduino, help those who had never used the plat­form, and have sev­eral new mem­bers join our beloved col­lec­tive.

[PT]Por último, fica aqui um agradec­i­mento muito espe­cial aos mem­bros do alt­lab que con­tribuíram na orga­ni­za­ção deste evento:
[EN]Finally, a word of spe­cial thanks to the alt­lab mem­bers who con­tributed to mak­ing the Arduino Hack Day pos­si­ble:

Andre Almeida, Ferdi Meier, Guil­herme Mar­tins, Leonardo Mar­ques, Manuel Alves, Mauri­cio Mar­tins, Mónica Mendes, Nuno João, Paulo Rodrigues e Pedro Ângelo (LCD).

Some pho­tos by João Nogueira e Rita Car­valho.

Flickr Photo Set: http://tinyurl.com/6f7vhsx

Eng­lish ver­sion soon!

AZ ready for world domination

It took us a while, but prac­tice makes per­fect, and we’re now much closer to ridi­cul­ing Justin Bieber than we’ve ever been before!

You might have noticed what derived from our Res­i­dency @ Espaço do Tempo, a dozen projects from sev­eral folks spread over the 3 labs explor­ing the robotic, the inter­ac­tive, the sen­so­r­ial, the tan­gi­ble, the gen­er­a­tive, the audio­vi­sual, the aug­mented, the provoca­tive, the per­for­ma­tive and a few other of all those dirty lit­tle words you so much secretly love hear­ing about. Don’t be shy now. Noth­ing wrong with get­ting a lit­tle tan­gi­ble now and again. 😉

We even par­tic­i­pated in a lit­tle exhibit last month at Pavil­hão Atlân­tico to present these and a cou­ple other works. And now we’re back with more weapons of mass destruc­tion. And now, this very week­end we’re meet­ing up again for some hol­i­day hack­ing follery at LCD to show some more of our projects and do a few mini-sprints. Feel free to join us. Lock up your geeks, we’re com­ing for them!

Con­tinue read­ingAZ ready for world dom­i­na­tion”

Call for developers

For those who have been present at alt lab meet­ings know by now that I’m cur­rently devel­op­ing a 3D Laser Printer.

Laser pro­jec­tion

As far as elec­tron­ics every­thing is almost good to go with some minor tweaks, but I’m fac­ing a giant prob­lem now. I  don’t have time to develop soft­ware for this pet and I don’t want it to be delayed for much longer than it already has been, so I’m request­ing for kind hearted devel­op­ers to step up and help me in this task.

Any help is wel­come please con­tact me to lj dot marques@fct dot unl dot pt (replace “dot” for “.”).

Cur­rent device

Please adress this Git Hub repos­i­tory for your kind code dona­tions:

http://github.com/Reonarudo/O3DLP

Expla­na­tion of device com­po­nents.

PAPERduino’s design

This is a fully func­tional ver­sion of the Arduino. We elim­i­nated the PCB and use paper and card­board as sup­port and the result is.. the PAPER­duino 😀

This is the the first ver­sion of the lay­out design, next we will try more designs, and other mate­ri­als. You just need to print the top and the bot­tom lay­outs, and glue them to any kind of sup­port you want. We hope that you start mak­ing your own boards. If you do, please share your pho­tos with us, we would love to see them 😉

There is no USB direct con­nec­tion, so to pro­gram the paper­duino you will need some kind of FTDI cable or adapter. One of this prod­ucts will be fine:
FTDI cable from Adafruit Indus­tries
FTDI adapter from Spark­fun

Down­load PDF

Com­po­nents list:
1 x 7805 Volt­age reg­u­la­tor
2 x LEDs (dif­fer­ent col­ors)
2 x 560 Ohm resis­tors (between 220oHm and 1K)
1 x 10k Ohm resis­tor
2 x 100 uF capac­i­tors
1x 16 MHz clock crys­tal
2 x 22 pF capac­i­tors
1 x 0.01 uF capac­i­tor
1 x but­ton
1 x Atmel ATMega168
1 x socket 28 pin
Female and Male head­ers

Instruc­tions:
Use a nee­dle to punc­ture the holes for your com­po­nents.

Don’t rush, place one com­po­nent after another and do all the sol­der work care­fully.

Fol­low the con­nec­tion lines.

And this should be the final look of your paper­duino con­nec­tions.

AltLab opening with paper arduinos

We are happy to intro­duce the paper­duino  😀

This Tues­day Alt­Lab had its first pub­lic ses­sion and we did a mini work­shop on “paper­duinos”, a new gen­er­a­tion of card­board arduinos. We had lots of fun and have many more ideas we’d like to try: dif­fer­ent lay­outs, col­ored papers, and other mate­ri­als. More info soon.