Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Arduino, iPod and RFID make beautiful, handicapped-accessible music together

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Terrence O’Bien posts a clean music interface (no menus / no buttons)  based on RFID, as previously seen some time ago.

There isn’t actually much new about this awesome DIY project, but it’s the way it brings the various parts together that has us impressed. Designed by Instructables user XenonJohn, with help from software developer David Findlay, the Magic Music Table RFID was designed to let a disable child (or other such handicapped user) select albums to play back from an iPod touch playlist. The iPod is connected to anArduino, which tells the device to start playing a particular track based on a selection made with RFIDcards. The whole setup is built into a coffee table and the RFID tags are sandwiched inside clear plastic blocks with the album art. You can see it in action in the video after the break and, if you’ve got the patience and skill, you can build your own using the directions at the source link.

via [Engadget] source [Instructables]


Arduino Tree-Climbing Robot As The First Challenge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

[Tecnochicken] has challeneged his arduino and robotic skills in developing a tree-climbing robot based on a L298 H-Bridge Motor Driver and some design time in Sketchup.

After I got comfortable programming and building with an Arduino, I decided to build a robot.  I did not have any particular type in mind, so I wracked my brain (and the internet) for cool robot ideas.  Eventually, somehow the idea popped into my head to build a robot that could climb trees.  At first I dismissed the idea as beyond my skill level, but after further thought, and some time in Sketchup, I decided to take a shot at the challenge.

Fully explained on [Instructables]

Chilean Teen Twitts About Earthquakes

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Sebastian Alegria, a 14 years old Chilean teen created an earthquake warning system based on Arduino, an earthquake detector (bought for less 100 $) and an ethernet shield.

Alegria’s rudimentary yet effective system comes from having survived Chile’s own earthquakes last year and seeing the devastation that covered Japan earlier this year. Keen on finding an inexpensive solution for early earthquake detection, he rigged an Arduino and domestic earthquake detector to tweet seconds before detectable seismic activity. Tweeting from @AlarmaSismos, it has already successfully detected every major earthquake that could be felt from Santiago since May. And it’s piling on the Twitter followers.

via [amazonNews] [HackDay] source [InfoBae]

Screen Your Genome Under $512, Open Sourcing Biology With OpenPCR

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Most of people working in the field of biological or scientific research should greet the open hardware applications we are  witnessing in this age of Garage Science. From the Phduino to the DIY Oscilloscopes, through  STM (Scanning-Tunneling Electron Microscope), Arduino is getting used to prototype tools that used to be more expensive and possibly unavailable some years ago.

OpenPCR is an amazing project aimed to bring the genome analysis to a desktot experience. From the “What Is OpenPCR?” page:

What can you do with it?

Cool apps include:

  • DNA Sequencing – PCR is used to generate enough DNA for the sequencing run. You can have a look at some of your own genome!
  • DNA Barcoding – Determining the species based on DNA. Can be used to identify plants, screen for agricultural pests, investigate airplane bird strikes, and check that sushi is legit. What about testing your food to see if they contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

The Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, is a method of replicating DNA. It is capable of taking a small amount of DNA, or even a single molecule, and amplifying (copying) a specific region exponentially, such that once the reaction is finished, there may exist up to 230 copies of each starting molecule (do the math — that’s more than a billion!).

This is important because DNA of interest often exists in quantities too small to detect, or may be mixed in with other DNA. For example, an accurate test for HIV must be able to detect a single virus particle in 50,000 cells. PCR is able to do this by targeting a small region of DNA that is specific to the HIV virus. If the virus exists in a sample, amplification will occur which can be easily detected. If no virus is present, no amplification will occur.

The specific region of targeted DNA is determined by how the reaction is setup, based on the specific “PCR primers” added to the reaction mixture. Virtually any sequence of DNA can be targeted.

if you still have some questions and / or want to know more about PCR have a look at this wonderful & explanatory graphics.

[See it in action!] via [OpenPCR.org]

Arduino Day a Roma, 14 Aprile 2011

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Il prossimo 14 aprile (giovedì) Massimo parlerà a Roma in occasione dell’Arduino Day, una giornata di conoscenza delle possibilità di Arduino a livello didattico e formativo. Le possibilità Arduino come mezzo educativo nelle scuole era stata presentata a fine dell’anno scorso in occasione di questo evento a Torino, seguito da un corso tenuto da me presso alcune scuole del circuito Dschola. Ora grazie all’associazione discienza abbiamo la possibilità di parlare a Roma, e finalmente conoscere un po’ di realtà locali.

Arduino Day è una giornata dedicata a far conoscere a docenti, ricercatori, artisti e ragazzi la piattaforma Arduino.

L’iniziativa, organizzata dall’associazione per la divulgazione scientifica DiScienza, nasce con l’obiettivo di catalizzare il sempre maggiore interesse nei confronti del progetto Arduino, e di convogliarlo in un’unica giornata in cui sarà possibile conoscere le diverse realtà che utilizzano la piattaforma e approcciarne alcune applicazioni.

segui il [thread sul forum di Arduino].

Draw Your Sketch – Scratch For ArduinoDraw Your Sketch – Scratch For ArduinoDraw Your Sketch – Scratch For Arduino

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

scratchcitilab on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Not long ago I wrote a detailed post about Arduino Visual Programming Enviroments: [Jordi Delgado] commented about Citilab experience with Scracth For Arduino and Children. Back in Barcelona we had the chance to see this in action for OpenRaval workshop, and we were proofed of its usability.

Read on the interview to Marina Conde and Victor Casado to have more information about the all story.

Download Scracth4Arduino from Citilab Site and give it a try!

 

scratchcitilab on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Not long ago I wrote a detailed post about Arduino Visual Programming Enviroments: [Jordi Delgado] commented about Citilab experience with Scracth For Arduino and Children. Back in Barcelona we had the chance to see this in action for OpenRaval workshop, and we were proofed of its usability.

Read on the interview to Marina Conde and Victor Casado to have more information about the all story.

Download Scracth4Arduino from Citilab Site and give it a try!

 

scratchcitilab on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Not long ago I wrote a detailed post about Arduino Visual Programming Enviroments: [Jordi Delgado] commented about Citilab experience with Scracth For Arduino and Children. Back in Barcelona we had the chance to see this in action for OpenRaval workshop, and we were proofed of its usability.

Read on the interview to Marina Conde and Victor Casado to have more information about the all story.

Download Scracth4Arduino from Citilab Site and give it a try!

 

Lecture on Open Hardware at CCEMXCharla sobre Hardware Abierto en el CCEMX

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

David Cuartielles is presenting the work made with open source tools at Faro de Oriente, Mexico City, during the last two years. The talk will include some reflections about how to introduce hardware in locations where it is not easy to import components, the creation of knowledge blocks in the right size for kids, using Arduino starter kits as a way to introduce programming at early ages, and the insane love for Sumo Robots that kids have.

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente, (c) 2010 D. Cuartielles

The lecture will take place at CCEMX, Centro Cultural de España en México, on Friday October 29th at 7PM local time, 8PM EST, 2AM CET (one day later). Many of the ideas collected during this project will for sure influence our future projects dealing with secondary education.

David Cuartielles presentará el trabajo realizado con herramientas abiertas en el Faro de Oriente, México DF, durante los últimos dos años. La charla incluirá aspectos relacionados con temas como la introducción de hardware en localizaciones dónde no es fácil importar componentes, la creación de bloques de conocimiento con el tamaño apropiado para chicos/as, el uso de kits de iniciación a Arduino para enseñar programación en edades tempranas, y el increible amor de los chicos/as por robots luchadores de sumo.

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente

pacman robot por chicos del Faro de Oriente, (c) 2010 D. Cuartielles

La presentación tendrá lugar en el CCEMX, Centro Cultural de España en México, el viernes 29 de Octubre a las 7PM hora local, 8PM EST, 2AM CET (un día más tarde). Muchas de las ideas recogidas durante el desarrollo de este proyecto influirán seguramente en futuros proyectos teniendo que ver con Arduino en educación secundaria.

Lecture: Educational Robots with Arduino

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Eduardo Gallego, the trainer to the Complubot robotics team from Spain is going to make an online lecture about the way he uses Arduino techology to teach kids about building robots. He announced it on this forum post. If you are good in Spanish, hook up with the video stream live tonight!

Complubot lecture about building robots with Arduino

picture (c) 2010, courtesy of Complubot

The lecture will be at 7PM CET, October 21st, 2010, and you can either follow it at:

- http://elclic.cenditel.gob.ve/openmeetings/ , or

- http://www.livestream.com/elclic

Complubot, won the Bergamo Soccer Cup

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

 

The Spanish Robot team Complubot, integrating kids up to 17 years old, who are controlling their 2,5kg and 1,5kg robots with distributed intelligence based in Arduino Software and Hardware, were present at the Robot Soccer competition that took place in Bergamo (IT) last weekend. Massimo and I visited the competition and had a chat with Nerea and Ivan, the Spanish team members, as well as with Eduardo, the coach. At some point we will blog more about their story, for now, just take a look at their video where they beat team after team on the way to the finals, where they won agains the German team TNT. It became an Arduino Distributed vs. BlackFin Centralized Intelligence competition.

 

Arduino a Scuola

Monday, October 11th, 2010

 

Ecco una interessantissima iniziativa per presentare un progetto di sperimentazione di Arduino e Processing nel biennio delle scuole piemontesi. L’invito é rivolto a tutti i docenti di scuole superiori che vogliano veicolare un’Informatica che non sia solo L’ECDL (che é utile e necessaria, ovviamente), ma introdurre nel programma scolastico nuovi mezzi di formazione:

Il seminario “Arduino a scuola: laboratori e riflessioni sull’informatica libera a scuola”, organizzato dall’Associazione Dschola, dal Progetto Arduino, dal CSP Innovazione nelle ICT e dall’Associazione Docabout in collaborazione con l’ITI Majorana di Grugliasco, è la prima iniziativa in Italia rivolta alle scuole con l’obiettivo di sensibilizzare il pubblico sul tema della computer ethics e suscitare interesse e curiosità sul tema del fai-da-te tecnologico, con uno sguardo che va oltre l’aspetto strumentale e si riflette sulle pratiche educative.

Durante il pomeriggio si parlerà di Computer Ethics e di Arduino, di rifiuto elettronico e di prototipazione elettronica. L’idea del seminario é di presentare un corso che porterà queste tematiche in classe, a ragazzi del biennio di Licei e Istituti Tecnici.

L’intero corso (che partirà – nelle scuole che aderiranno – tra Marzo e Giugno 2010) sarà disponibile online. Il seminario sarà l’occasione di mettere online una nuova sezione del sito Arduino.cc, rivolta specificatamente alla formazione e a strumenti per la docenza.

Per partecipare all’incontro bisogno iscriversi qui.

All’incontro parteciperanno, tra gli altri:
- Massimo Banzi, consulente e docente di Design Interattivo, nonché co-fondatore del Progetto Arduino
- Norberto Patrignani, docente di “Computer Ethics” alla Scuola di Dottorato del Politecnico di Torino e di “ICT & Societa’ dell’Informazione” all’Universita’ Cattolica di Milano
- Andrea Molino, resp. dell’Area Embedded Systems e Robotics Lab del CSP Innovazione nelle ICT

il programma compleato e la rassegna stampa sul sito di [DSChola] oppure scarica il volantino [qui]