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:

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!

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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 [email protected] dot unl dot pt (replace “dot” for “.”).

Current device

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

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

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.