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Time to “Hack the Arduino Robot” – second phase

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

Arduino Robot

RobotChallenge staff updated us with some numbers regarding the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition launched at the end of January and sponsored by RS Components. They received 58 submissions from 20 different countries of the world! 10 projects were then selected by an international Jury composed by David Cuartielles (Arduino), David Tarrant (RS Components, Design Spark), Karim Jafarmadar (INNOC) and Pavel Petrovic (Robotika.sk).

Now it’s time for the second phase. They are going to receive an Arduino Robot each, implement  the project they submitted and  publish the results (including a short video) by the 23rd of February.

The 10 projects selected are the following: (more…)

Measuring pollution and health: wearable project wins a prize

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Lead Inventor David Kuller wearing the winning Conscious ClothingTM prototype

My Air, My Health was the title of a Challenge calling innovators to work on a wearable project integrating air-quality measurement with heart rate and breathing.

The promoters of the challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIH), launched it because they think that the possibility of understanding the relations between air pollution and people’s health in real-time could have an important impact in preventing disease and illness in the population. In the description you can read:

The required system design must be capable of linking air pollutant concentrations with physiological data, providing geocoded and time-stamped files in an easy to use format, and transmitting this data via existing networks to a central data repository. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this challenge, solvers are highly encouraged to form teams drawing on multiple relevant expertise… (more…)

Massimo Interviewed For IxDA Awards

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

[Jennifer Bove] interviewed Massimo in the series of portraits she is making to introduce the IxDA awards.  BTW, don’t miss the chance to join, the deadline has been post-poned till October the 1st.

1- What is your favorite product, digital or otherwise, to use, and why?

When I was 8 years old my dad gave me a Braun Lectron Electronics Kit. It was packaged like a book. On the left side there was an actual book you could pop out that explained how electronics work using hand-drawn bubbles that kids could understand, followed by very clean and simple instructions on how to assemble the modules. Then on the right there was a play area made of metal, where you could make various projects and then neatly store away the building blocks when you were done. You could just close up the book afterwards and put it on the book shelf.

read the complete interview

ArduinoCamp Milano 2011: Report

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Ad otto giorni dalla fine del primo ArduinoCamp è giunto il momento di tirare le conclusioni di quanto avvenuto, di come è avvenuto e in che modo migliorarlo.

Rinnoviamo il ringraziamento ad Innovation Festival ed Alintec per l’appoggio e la riuscita dell’evento. Roland DG Italia e WeFab sono venuti a portare un po’ delle loro diavolerie.

Infine un grandissimo saluto a tutti coloro che hanno fatto il Camp, cioé i 200 e più partecipanti che si sono susseguiti nella due giorni. I volontari (Uwe, Federico, Vanessa, Maria, Eleonora e Nico) hanno cercato di monitorare le entrate della gente. Pare che non tutti gli iscritti si siano presentati, ma che un numero maggiore di persone sia venuto senza essersi prenotato-

1) arduinocamp.com : é stato interessante utilizzare un sito unico e le funzionalità della wiki per coordinare gli interessati per permettere agli utenti di appuntare e realizzare loro stessi il report del Camp. In realtà ci siamo appoggiati ad alcuni form esterni. Nel prossimo futuro faremo in modo che il sito riesca a gestire le richieste direttamente.

2) Discussioni & Tavole Rotonde (sabato pomeriggio): la intro di Massimo ha coperto una buona parte di domande da parte della comunità. Il confronto ha portato sostanzialmente a due conclusioni: il playground italiano va ristrutturato e i prossimi articoli che escono su Wired Italia saranno user-generated, dalla comunità di Arduino italiana. Le discussioni sono state a) un introduzione di Uwe Federer su Arduino b) un introduzione con i docenti del progetto scuola da parte di Davide Gomba c) Costantino e WeFab sul discorso Fablab a Milano d) Android e Arduino con Massimo.

3) Progetti. L’elenco dei progetti presentati lo trovate sul ArduinoCamp. Purtroppo a causa del delirio organizzativo che il camp ha comportato, la conferma delle talk é avvenuta troppo a ridosso del camp, comportando la defezione di alcuni relatori. Ci scusiamo per questo inconveniente e rinnoviamo l’invito per la prossima volta.Le presentazioni “lampo” sono state una grande prova per i nostri relatori, che comunque se la sono cavata bene. Progetti nel complesso molto interessanti.

4) HackDay. L’entusiasmo (e l’odore di sudore) che si respiravano la domenica durante l’HackDay ci hanno conrfermato che momenti di questo tipo vanno riproposti e rispondono ad una serie di richieste da parte di una crescente comunità smanettona in Italia. Il tempo é stato un limitato. In future edizioni potrebbe essere aumentato ad un giorno e mezzo, con una notte che porta sempre consiglio di mezzo.

5) La vendita delle Arduino e di oggetti simili dovrà durare maggior tempo, e dovrà essere meglio gestita.

6) L’esposizione di oggetti realizzati con Arduino dovrò avere più spazio e dovrà essere reclamizzata con più largo anticipo.

Per chi volesse, qui ci sono foto del camp (realizzate per noi da Costantino Bongiorno). Qui altre da Pitusso e qui da Paolo Bonelli

Grazie a tutti quelli che hanno partecipato e ora pensiamo a quando fare il prossimo.

Extreme Electric Racing With MIT eSuperbike, Arduino Controlled

Monday, June 13th, 2011

MIT PhD student Lennon Rodgers and his team of colleagues was among the 32 teams who entered this year’s all-electric race, bringing their custom-designed eSuperbike to the famous competition on the small island located between Ireland and Great Britain.

The brains of the bike are housed in an Arduino circuit board, which monitors data including the amount of energy used and the temperatures of each motor and battery. A screen on the dashboard continuously displays readings, allowing the rider to adjust the speed to conserve energy if needed. As a backup, the team made the system wireless, streaming data from the bike to their laptops — a modification the team’s rider, veteran Isle of Man racer and resident Allan Brew, appreciated.

via [MIT news]

Yahoo Farm From RoboFun Guys (at Yahoo Open Hack 2011)

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

[Viorel] wrote me about an interesting project he and his friends from Robofun developed during the 2011 Yahoo Open Hack in Bucharest, and won the Hacker’s Choice Award. The diorama becomes a physical representation of tour friends’ behaviours.

If you’re a both nature lover and a geek, you would certainly love the Yahoo Farm. The Yahoo Farm is a 60 cm wide diorama, sitting in your bedroom and bringing you online data from the Yahoo ecosystem.

For example, the wind mill rotation below is directly controlled by the wind speed outside (being connected to the Yahoo Weather API), the hand-painted backgrounds are switched according to the weather state, a new sheep is coming out of the barn each time one of your friends gets online on Yahoo Messenger, and each new email lights up a fruit in the Email Tree.

Give a look at the presentation used for the 90 seconds pitch during the event.

via [Technorama.ro]

Vibratron Robot Plays Out Midi As Steel Balls

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

As part of the National Robotics Week coverage of iheartrobotics, the Vibratron:

[...]the newest member of the RobOrchestra. This amazing musician was built by club members with a total budget of $1000. The Vibratron uses an Arduino Mega to control 30 individual solenoid gates which drop steel balls onto the vibration keys. Using the Arduino Mega they were able to avoid complications with multiplexing I/O lines. Notes are read in using a MIDI shield to receive standard MIDI signals from a sequencer or keyboard. The balls are recirculated using an Archimedes screw to raise them to the bucket at the top.

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Friday, November 26th, 2010

 

To Share is a very interesting Media / Creativity / Art Festival in Turin, Italy.  You may have lost the Festival, but you are still on time to join the Action Sharing 2 Competition.

The Sharing, in partnership with the Turin Chamber of Commerce, is announcing the second Action Sharing competition.

Action Sharing is an ideas competition for artistic projects that make syncretic use of mechatronic elements.
Area of key interest for The Sharing include: art, music, drama, performance art and dance.
The Turin Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the competition with a view to promoting the creative capital to be found in the Piedmont region, where art and technology are two strategic sectors for the local economy, as part of its commitment to supporting initiatives that promote interdisciplinary co-operation.

Artists are invited to enter projects that make use of the devices required by the competition (electric motor/linear voice coil actuator) in the areas of key interest stated above.
The aim of the competition is to identify and select artistic projects that can be developed in partnership with leading companies in the mechatronics sector, the Polytechnic University of Turin, and Regione Piemonte institutions.

The idea judged the best will win a prize of €1500*.
*one thousand, five hundred euros, including tax and social security contributions.

The deadline for entries is midnight, 30th November 2010.

more info on [ToShare]

 

To Share is a very interesting Media / Creativity / Art Festival in Turin, Italy. You may have lost the Festival, but you are still on time to join the Action Sharing 2 Competition.

The Sharing, in partnership with the Turin Chamber of Commerce, is announcing the second Action Sharing competition.

Action Sharing is an ideas competition for artistic projects that make syncretic use of mechatronic elements.
Area of key interest for The Sharing include: art, music, drama, performance art and dance.
The Turin Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the competition with a view to promoting the creative capital to be found in the Piedmont region, where art and technology are two strategic sectors for the local economy, as part of its commitment to supporting initiatives that promote interdisciplinary co-operation.

Artists are invited to enter projects that make use of the devices required by the competition (electric motor/linear voice coil actuator) in the areas of key interest stated above.
The aim of the competition is to identify and select artistic projects that can be developed in partnership with leading companies in the mechatronics sector, the Polytechnic University of Turin, and Regione Piemonte institutions.

The idea judged the best will win a prize of €1500*.
*one thousand, five hundred euros, including tax and social security contributions.

The deadline for entries is midnight, 30th November 2010.

more info on [ToShare]

To Share é un Festival che si tiene ogni anno a Torino, a inizio Novembre. I temi sono la creatività, l’arte digitale, la tecnologia.

Se (come me) ve lo siete persi non disperate, potete ancora partecipare alla seconda Action Sharing 2 Competition.

Il bando riguarda un Concorso di Idee legato a progetti artistici che utilizzano elementi meccatronici in modo sincretico.
Le aree di interesse privilegiate per The Sharing sono: arte, musica, teatro, performance, danza.
Il supporto della Camera di commercio di Torino ha lo scopo di promuovere il capitale creativo del territorio piemontese, dove arte e tecnologia sono settori strategici dell’economia locale, sostenendo iniziative che favoriscono il dialogo interdisciplinare.

Gli artisti sono invitati a presentare progetti nelle aree di interesse indicate che includano applicazioni per i dispositivi descritti nel bando (Motore elettrico / Attuatore lineare voice coil).
Obbiettivo del concorso è creare un’occasione per produrre progetti artistici in collaborazione con le imprese leader nel settore della meccatronica, il Politecnico di Torino e le istituzioni della Regione Piemonte.

Alla migliore proposta ideativa spetta un premio pari a 1.500 euro*.
*millecinquecento/00 al lordo di ritenute fiscali e previdenziali.

più informazioni su [ToShare]

Bacarobo Budapest: the first European Stupid Robot Competition

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Bacarobo comes to Budapest in its first European Version.

The Bakarobo Cup is a unique event. If we would speak just a little Japanese, we would know at once that something’s amiss, since in Japanese, the word baka means stupid.

The goal of the competition is to introduce the 10 most useless, stupid robot entries. Some of the entry requirements include that the robots have to function mechanically, they mustn’t have any practical function and they have to make people laugh. We hope you’ll share a laugh with us!

Apply! deadline’s approaching the 31st of July.

via [tinkerlondon's twitter] source [bacarobo]

last week to apply for HomeSense Project: Submit your home!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Friends at TinkerLondon, EDF R&D and Highwire teamed up for a challenging project: asking people to develop their own Smart Home, by teachng them how to do it.

Anyone can apply. No technological background needed. Just curiosity (as always). Deadline is approaching (1st July)-

Smart Homes have generally been more successful in concept than practice. The problem is not one of technology but of design – smart homes aren’t made by the people who will actually live in them, but by designers in R&D departments who have specific ideas about how they should be lived in, with rigid technology infrastructure and use scenarios. But home environments have multiple users living in them who bring different experiences and concepts of knowledge of the social, cultural and emotion context of the place that they live in.

People have the chance to change their way of thinking the home concept:

In September 2010 six households across Europe will have the opportunity to build their own smart home based on their decisions, their choices and their lifestyles. If you’re interested in finding out new things about the way that you live in your home and having a bunch of shiny new technologies to help you do this, we’d love to hear from you.

All sizes and types of households are welcome, from village cottages to suburban semis to houseboats to mansions; spouses and partners and children and flatmates and pets are all welcome.

It doesn’t matter how much experience you’ve had with technology before – all that counts is that you’re enthusiastic about taking part! Tinker will provide initial training, and you’ll work with a local expert where you live to provide support throughout the experience.

What are you waiting for?

Details of signing up as a household are here.
Details of joining us as an expert are here.

via [Homesense]