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Robots Robots Robots

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Back in 2007 I had the chance to make a series of lectures with Casey Reas on the topic of open tools for design and art production. We toured 6 schools within the University of California in just 3 days. I prepared two lectures for this, the first one was called “High is Five” and the second “I hate robots”. The earlier was an attempt to explain my views on open hardware, while the second was just a collection of projects that had to do with electronics and were not robots.

Time has passed and now I am experiencing a counter-reaction. Since a month ago I am designing a low cost robot for the Spanish cultural centre in Mexico (more to come on this topic). But also I am starting to meet more and more people that see robots as a way of bringing kids into understanding electronics, as well as other science related topics. One of those is Eduardo Gallego, who runs the Complubot robotics studio in Madrid, Spain. He works with youngsters and has a pretty long history in the field of educational robots.

Among his achievements, his team has won for the third year in a row the Robot Soccer World Cup (at least one of the categories). Last time was in Singapore a couple of days ago. He has made a migration from other more expensive and hard to use tools, to run all the four competing robots using Arduino boards. He runs workshops for people interested in electronics and robotics and has made Arduino into his main tool for teaching. Check his educational robot here.

I must confess I had no idea about many of these things until I heard about the Robot Soccer World Cup. I am still not interested either in Soccer, nor Robots (or not industrial robots). But I see the potential of robotics in the same way Eduardo does. I believe there is a lot to do and getting things cheap is probably among the most important ones.

Poster for the Workshop

In the next two weeks, you can attend to one of Eduardo’s workshops in Madrid, or to my workshop in México, as long as you are not over 18 :-)

Sonar BCN: from paranoid robots to Chicks on SpeedSonar BCN: de robots paranoides a Chicks on Speed

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This year’s SonarMática -the area at the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona dedicated to interactive arts- there are three pieces including Arduino technology inside (either software, hardware or both), people at Hangar.org reported today during a chat conversation. The three pieces have been developed partly or totally at Hangar’s lab. Let’s take a quick look at them:

Surveillance Cameras: they are alive!!!

This project by the Spanish artist Ricardo Iglesias, is the result of a one and a half years long research process where he developed a series of robots with the ability of not just filming people with their embedded cameras, but to intelligently follow them increasing the creepyness level of the whole thing. The robot’s controller was prototyped with an Arduino board and took a long time to make the final design because it needs three switching power sources to feed the different parts of the design from a single battery (as Miguel, Hangar’s engineer reported).

 

Surveillance Cameras

(c) 2010 Surveillance Cameras, by Ricardo Iglesias

You can check SonarMática’s official description here, and the official project website here.

Violí MIDI y Metal·lòfon MIDI

Joan Vallvé presents two different musical instruments he made using Arduino:

The “Violí MIDI” and “Metal·lòfon MIDI” are part of the project to design and construct an automated musical environment. This environment must be able to play live, and that is why it has been designed to be easy to handle, reliable, stable and completely portable. The roots of the project lie in a reflection on the use of robotics as a tool for musical composition and performance. The media and surroundings influence and determine the artist’s creative process. A new environment, a new language and a new interface will produce new creations and new musical styles. This is therefore a new format which calls into question the limits of the concepts of singer-songwriter or musical group.

Midi Violin

(c) 2010 Midi Violin, by Joan Vallvé

You can check SonarMática’s official description here, and the official project website here.

E-SHOE

The “E-shoe” by Chicks on Speed is the world’s first wireless, high heeled shoe guitar, made in collaboration with Siberian born shoe-designer Max Kibardin and Alex Posada/Bartosz Zygmunt [from Hangar]. The e-shoe is capable of triggering sounds wirelessly using midi. This shoe is part of Chicks on Speed´s ever growing collection of self made “Objekt Instruments” including cigar box synthesizers, super suits’ with sewn-in body sensors that trigger audio/video samples, a Theremin tapestry and two hats made in collaboration with Christophe Coppins and Diego Del Lion & Jano, based on illuminated drawings of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century Christian mystic who received visions, composed ethereal airs, performed healing and even founded convents.

E-SHOE

(c) 2010 E-SHOE, Chicks on Speed

If you wonder how they can play this in a show, you could take a look at the following picture from Diane Pernet’s blog:

 

Chicks on Speed on stage

(c) 2010 Chicks on Speed, by Diane Pernet

You can check SonarMática’s official description here, and the group’s official website here.

Remember that Sonar opens on June 17th, and that SonarMática is just one small part of the festival’s program.

 

En SonarMática de este año -el área del Festival Sonar de Barcelona dedicada al arte interactivo- hay tres piezas que incluyen tecnología Arduino (bien hardware, bien software, o ambos), según reportan desde Hangar.org durante un chat en el día de hoy. Las tres piezas han sido desarrolladas en parte o en su totalidad en el laboratorio de Hangar. Echemos un vistazo rápido a las obras:

Surveillance Cameras: they are alive!!!

Este proyecto, por el artista español Ricardo Iglesias es el resultado de un año y medio de investigación y desarrollo en el que se han creado una serie de robots con la abilidad de no sólo filmar a la audiencia con sus cámaras, sino de seguirla de forma inteligente. El controlador de los robots se prototipó con un Arduino y tomó largo tiempo terminar el diseño final por la necesidad de crear una triple fuente de alimentación conmutada que alimentase las diferentes partes del proyecto desde una única batería (comenta Miguel, el ingeniero de Hangar).

Surveillance Cameras

(c) 2010 Surveillance Cameras, por Ricardo Iglesias

Puedes visitar la descripción oficial de SonarMática aquí, y la página oficial del proyecto aquí.

Violí MIDI y Metal·lòfon MIDI

Joan Vallvé presenta dos intrumentos musicales hechos con Arduino:

El “Violín MIDI” y el “Metalófono MIDI” surgen como parte del proyecto de diseño y construcción de un entorno musical automático. Este entorno debe permitir tocar en directo y por esto se ha diseñado manejable, fiable, estable y totalmente portátil. El proyecto tiene su origen en la reflexión del uso de la robótica como herramienta para la creación y la actuación musical. Los medios y el entorno influyen y condicionan el proceso de creación del artista. Un nuevo entorno, un nuevo lenguaje y una nueva interfaz producirán nuevas creaciones, nuevos estilos musicales. Hablamos pues de un nuevo formato que cuestiona los límites de los conceptos cantautor o banda musical.

Midi Violin

(c) 2010 Midi Violin, por Joan Vallvé

Puedes visitar la descripción oficial de SonarMática aquí, y la web de su autor aquí.

E-SHOE

El “E-shoe” de Chicks on Speed es el primer zapato de tacón-guitarra wireless del mundo, fruto de una colaboración con el diseñador de zapatos nacido en Siberia Max Kibardin y Alex Posada/Bartosz Zygmunt. El “E-shoe” es capaz de disparar sonidos de forma inalámbrica mediante MIDI. Este zapato forma parte de una creciente colección llamada “Objekt Instruments”, que incluye sintetizadores hechos con cajas de puros, super-trajes con sensores corporales cosidos que disparan fragmentos de audio o vídeo, un tapiz-theremin y dos sombreros hechos en colaboración con Christophe Coppins y Diego Del Lion & Jano, basados en los dibujos iluminados de Hildegarda de Bingen, una mística cristiana del siglo XII que tenía visiones, componía música, curaba a la gente e incluso fundó conventos.

E-SHOE

(c) 2010 E-SHOE, Chicks on Speed

Si tienes curiosidad por ver como usan esto en escena, puedes ver algunas fotos en el blog de Diane Pernet:

Chicks on Speed on stage

(c) 2010 Chicks on Speed, por Diane Pernet

Puedes visitar la descripción oficial de SonarMática aquí, y la página oficial del grupo aquí.

Recuerda que SonarMática se abre el 17 de Junio, y que es sólo una pequeña parte de todo el programa del festival.

 

 

El “E-shoe” de Chicks on Speed es el primer zapato de tacón-guitarra wireless del mundo, fruto de una colaboración con el diseñador de zapatos nacido en Siberia Max Kibardin y Alex Posada/Bartosz Zygmunt. El “E-shoe” es capaz de disparar sonidos de forma inalámbrica mediante MIDI. Este zapato forma parte de una creciente colección llamada “Objekt Instruments”, que incluye sintetizadores hechos con cajas de puros, super-trajes con sensores corporales cosidos que disparan fragmentos de audio o vídeo, un tapiz-theremin y dos sombreros hechos en colaboración con Christophe Coppins y Diego Del Lion & Jano, basados en los dibujos iluminados de Hildegarda de Bingen, una mística cristiana del siglo XII que tenía visiones, componía música, curaba a la gente e incluso fundó conventos.

Arduino powered web serverServidor Web basado en Arduino

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Just take a look at this: http://wtfmoogle.com/ it’s all about a server running on the Arduino ethernet. Let’s put it under test.

Moment of silence please…
On June 13nth 2010 at around lunch time my webserver served its last page then suffered a total raid card failue :(
Old JerTech_Main will be cremated in the next day or so and its ashes stripped of copper and aluminum…
All is not lost, a full back up was performed
You can send your condolences to The Moogle at HaxtorMoogle at gmail dot com

This page is hosted on my arduino until a new server is built

Thanks D. Sjunnesson from 1scale1.com for the site ;-)

Échale un vistazo a esto: http://wtfmoogle.com/ es un servidor web corriendo sobre un Arduino ethernet. Pongámoslo a prueba, visita la página para ver cuantas visitas recibe. Aquí una traducción de lo que está transmitiendo el Arduino:

Un momento de silencio por favor…
El 13 de Junio del 2010 a -más o menos- la hora de comer, mi servidor web transmitió su última página y sufrió un fallo total de la tarjeta controladora de discos en raid :(
Old JerTech_Main será cremado al día siguiente y sus cenizas separadas del cobre y aluminio…
No todo se ha perdido, se llevó a cabo un backup completo
Puedes enviar tus condolencias a  The Moogle at HaxtorMoogle at gmail dot com

Esta página te la sirve mi Arduino hasta que haya sido montado un nuevo servidor

Gracias D. Sjunnesson de 1scale1.com por el enlace ;-)

Open Source Laser CutterCortadora Laser en Código Abierto

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

 

I got this email from Addie, a former ITP student:

Basically in short, we’re creating an open source laser cutter.

We have been doing the research for the last few months and believe we  have all the specs to make it happen… Now we just need the capital  to do it. Much like the open multitouch system of ’07/’08 we did, I believe if we can get the same attention, we can get the community to make it happen.

I want open source laser cutters to become a reality and an inundated fab piece for artist/designers/hackers. As you know from ITP, people can do amazing things if they just had the access to the equipment so  we’re trying to make that happen and happen now.

To give them support, visit this site and follow the instructions.

 

Recibí este mail de Addie, graduado de ITP:

Basically in short, we’re creating an open source laser cutter.

We have been doing the research for the last few months and believe we  have all the specs to make it happen… Now we just need the capital  to do it. Much like the open multitouch system of ’07/’08 we did, I believe if we can get the same attention, we can get the community to make it happen.

I want open source laser cutters to become a reality and an inundated fab piece for artist/designers/hackers. As you know from ITP, people can do amazing things if they just had the access to the equipment so  we’re trying to make that happen and happen now.

Están pidiendo nuestro soporte para diseñar y crear una  cortadora laser en código abierto. En el pasado hicieron también un sistema multitouch abierto y ahora quieren continuar con este nuevo proyecto.

Para darles soporte, sólo tienes que visitar esta página y seguir las instrucciones.

Arduino Cheatsheet

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Thanks God, finally someone made it! I was starting not to be able of following Arduino’s development, this Cheatsheet from The Mechatronics Guy came to save me.

 

Arduino Cheatsheet

(c) 2010 Arduino Cheatsheet by The Mechatronics Guy

The beauty of it is that you can get all the knowledge at once, but also that the platform has now reached the highschool-exam level. People need the cheatsheet to make it to the exam. I just love it, I will print it and put it at K3′s lab here in Malmö. I bet you a Swedish Crown a lot of people will do the same.

 

Would you like to get a PDF version of the sheet? Click here. Thanks to Make for the link.

Canafote – Arduino Network Infrastructure (in Spanish)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Canafote, sensor network project

(c) 2010 by Canafote project

In this time of blogs and Web 2.0. aren’t you missing good old html pages? Well, that is what you will see when you visit the Proyecto Canafote website. This project just got the Open Source Software Price from Sevilla’s University in Spain. It’s page states:

Este proyecto se basa en la tecnología Arduino que es un proyecto de hardware libre. El objetivo de este proyecto, es el envío de una serie de datos obtenidos por sensores ya sea de temperatura, humedad,etc. por ethernet o por xbee, creando una red de sensores que a parte de obtener datos también los trata y reacciona ante ellos.

What means:

This project is based on Arduino technology, which is an open hardware project. This project’s goal is to send data coming from sensors, whether they messure temperature, moisture, etc over ethernet or Xbee creating a sensor network. This system, besides obtaining data, is able of reacting towards them.

Canafonte Network Architecture

(c) 2010 Canafonte Network Project

The network needs a server that will collect al the data and eventually report the actuators in the network when they should make a move. The wireless part of the net needs an ethernet-Xbee gateway to connect. The server is written in Python and runs on linux, and creates a series of graphs coming from the different sensors on the fly.

There is a lot to polish in the website, regarding documentation. But dudes, this was made by a student in his spare time. Can you imagine how far this could go if we all give him a hand in doing things like translating his documentation videos to other languages? Just in case you are interested in the legal issues behind all this, everything is under GPL3, great job!!

The project owner, Alvaro Neira Ayuso, is publishing a blog to document the process of making the project. Congratulations for that award!!

Fundacion Arte y Derecho grants an Arduino project

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


R3sist3ncias projection

(c) 2010 by Cristina Ghetti and Patricia Aragon

Two of the students I met during my spring course at the School of Fine Arts at Valencia Polytechnic University earlier this year, have just been granted by the Spanish Foundation “Fundacion Arte y Derecho” for their work developing:

[...] Interactive interfaces, using open source and cheap materials. Tactile interfaces of easy  usablity  and learning willing to be installed in multiple spaces for modifiyng their  carachteristics.

Tangu: Interactive multi user interface. in Phase of development, we had created three prototipes and contents using processing code

They can be placed either on floor or wall, creating different situations and types of interaction.can be re-utilized for multiple projects aiming to promote  multi- authorship  and work in progress

It might look like just another input system connected to Processing, but if you consider their smallest prototype has 59 inputs … things turn to be a little different. This post is just to congratulate Cristina and Patricia for their good work and persistence!

Arduino powered LV Tanker to 5th place

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

 

 

LV Tanker - Arduino Powered Robot

(c) 2010 by the author, LV Tanker - Arduino Powered Robot

J. Pagliaccio just sent us an email about the NY Science Olympiad Regional Finals at Webber Middle School. An Arduino powered robot, the LV Tanker, made it to 5th place of 43 contestants.

The LV Tanker pushed its way through the semi finals and – with is blinking LEDs and front mounted laser the Tanker was a real crowd favorite – being the only contender to be controlled by a custom 2.4 GHz remote with Wii Nunchuck, and the only sumo bot entry with its own on-board programmable (Arduino) microcontroller. But in the end, the Tanker got blindsided from the side – its only weak spot, and was pushed out.
You can read more about it at Julian’s blog (the guy who made it). I love the subtitle for his blog: Building “The LV Tanker” – The chronicles of a 6/7th-grader building a remote controlled bot. There is a lot of information there like the following picture describing the different parts involved in building up this robot.
lv_tanker_description
(c) 2010 by the author, LV-tanker description

 

 

 

Galatea, robot programmed via Arduino

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Are you into robotics? You should then take a look at the Galatea project by Francisco Javier Suvires. He has been working with this for some time, his original platform was not programmable from the Arduino IDE, but after a conversation at Campus Party 2009, he got convinced about the potential of using our IDE to create code for his machines. A bit more than a week ago he sent me this video:

You should check out the rest of his video material on Youtube and  visit his blog. He’s got quite a nice collection of robots both autonomous or remote-controlled.

January 2010 was a busy month

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

It’s been a month -almost- since I was posting anything to the blog. It has been a busy time looking through things in the server. The team is working hard preparing the NYU March meeting, as Massimo mentioned on the Uno Punto Zero post:

In march, during the NYU spring break, we’ll meet up at ITP in New York to exchange notes and test our assumptions followed by a social event somewhere in town (we’ll have more details about this as we are organising it right now)

Massimo coordinates the action, making sure the event will run smoothly, ITP -the school Tom teaches at- has approved the use of their facilities for the meeting, and we are now working with the specifics of who does what. There are at least two independent teams (one Italian and one Spanish) making video documentaries about Arduino and we hope they will make it to NY to interview both the team and the event participants. Massimo is also coordinating the press for the event, just drop us a line if you work for any kind of media and are interested in documenting the event. We will try to schedule you in somehow.

There has been a lot going on during the silent month. I think it is worth letting people know about it.

Arduino 0018

Dave released Arduino 0018 after a month-long testing process. This latest revision of the software is not just a bug-fix from 0017, but includes a lot of feedback from the developer’s list, as well as from the teacher’s one. Go here to download the latest IDE’s version.

I you want to influence Arduino’s IDE development, you should subscribe to one of those two (or both) discussion lists. There is really a lot of people participating of the creation of the next Arduino, but your opinions are for sure good for us to improve our software, hardware, and documentation materials.

Server operation

The Arduino server reached record levels in performance. We registered almost 14.000.000 hits (344.932 unique visitors) just by moving the downloads from our webserver to a second server. We upgraded to a new version of the OS and will upgrade the forum software. The forum searches are now operated by Google (who already had indexed everything) and the blog is always updated to the latest version.

There is still a list of things to be done, but with the server at its full power, things are much easier. Now we can concentrate in improving the wiki with some requests to make easier the making of new pages, create translations and so on. Give us your opinion of what should be made first on the forum.

Contests

Like every other month, one of our distributors comes out with a new contest to invite you guys to share your creations with others while getting a chance to get some free gear. This time, Libelium, one of Arduino’s distributors in Spain, is launching their 3rd Arduino contest. Last year the level went pretty high, I am looking forward to see this year’s outcome to this contest.

Events

One of the reasons I had no time to post on the blog during the last weeks is that I was teaching at Valencia’s Polytechnical University – Arts and Technology Master course (Spanish only). Valencia is one of those places known for being really touristic.

However, there is much more than sandals and sun-glasses in the city. I found out there is a collective dedicated to promote open culture that runs the Generatech events’ series. If you are interested in gender and technology, this is your place. You should take a look at their promotion video, but also these posters #1 y #2 (I am not posting them here because of their explicit content).

Press

The Swedish specialized press has finally discovered us. December’s edition of the magazine “Elektronik” , that is delivered free of charge to anyone that requests it inside Sweden, published a small note about Arduino and last week came out with an interview. Unfortunately it’s just in Swedish, but I think Google translate makes a nice job if you want to see what it says.