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L'Arduino Tour fa tappa a Verona: presentazione + workshop!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Verona Arduino tour

Dal 19 al 21 aprile Arduino atterra a Verona e aggiunge una nuova tappa dopo  Matera, Reggio Emilia e Milano.

Il venerdì 19 potrete assistere  alla presentazione pubblica (dalle 18) del progetto Arduino e nel weekend due giorni di full immersion per imparare a muovere i primi passi con gli oggetti interattivi.

L’iniziativa è  promossa e ospitata da The Fab e TheCollective e si svolgerà presso TheFab in Vicoletto Valle n. 2, Verona.

I partecipanti al workshop avranno tra le mani e poi si porteranno a casa il nuovo Starter Kit, di cui potete leggere la recensione su Domusweb, così da continuare a casa le sperimentazioni: tutti sono benvenuti al workshop perchè non è richiesta alcuna precedente conoscenza di programmazione o di elettronica.

Se siete della zona intorno Verona questo è il momento di attivarvi e prenotare uno dei posti a disposizione nello shop!

 

Ultimi posti per il workshop di Arduino a Milano

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 

Arduino Starter Kit - photo by Monica Tarocco - thanx to DomusWeb

 

Il prossimo weekend a Milano è il momento dell’Arduino Tour, una serie di tappe iniziate nel 2012 per portare in giro per l’Italia il  team  di Officine Arduino e coinvolgendo designer, artiste, appassionati e smanettoni in una full immersion sul nostro microprocessore preferito.

In realtà il workshop di questo tour che avverrà proprio sabato e domenica prossimi a Milano (23/24 febbraio – Iscriviti qui), non ha come protagonista un semplice Arduino. Infatti i partecipanti avranno tra le mani e poi si porteranno a casa il nuovo Starter Kit, recentemente recensito su Domusweb (grazie ad Antonio Scarponi!) e di cui potete vedere qualche foto qui:

 

L’aspetto interessante di questa due giorni è di introdurre alle gioie di Arduino assoluti principianti: chiunque é benvenuto a partecipare al workshop perchè non è richiesta alcuna precedente conscenza di programmazione o di elettronica. E nonostante la loro pazienza e passione nell’accompagnarvi nei vostri primi passi, non rimpiangerete i due docenti del corso quando tornerete a casa perchè il Kit è corredato da un libro di tutorial a prova di absolute beginner e online sono disponibili  una serie di video tutorial in cui Massimo Banzi in persona vi spiega come portare a termine la maggior parte dei progetti raccontati nel volume.

 

 

Se abitate a Milano e dintorni, avete voglia di capire in prima persona cosa significa creare progetti interattivi e toccare con mano l’ebbrezza di far blinkare un LED, prenotate uno degli ultimi posti rimasti!

 

#RepRap Workshop a Officine Arduino

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
What a Printer!

Picture from Josef Prusa’s Flickr Photostream

We are happy to announce the upcoming Josef Prusa’s and Alessandro Ranellucci’s workshop @ Officine Arduino / Fablab Torino, on February 16th and 17th. This two days workshop will cover the making & fine-tuning of the latest Prusa I3 with Prusa nozzle AND Ranellucci’s how-to slic3r lesson on Sunday.

If you ever want to jump on the reprap world, this may be the best opportunity. If you don’t feel like buying the printer but just want to follow the workshop taking notes & make questions, we do also offer a spectator admittance.

The workshop is part of the celebration of the first year of Officine Arduino and Fablab, soon more details about the complete program (stay tuned).

read the full description of the workshop on the [Arduino Store] or read the (italian) post on the fablabtorino website.

Theatrical electronics hero: Ben Peoples

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Ben Working

Ever wondered about the extent of diversity in electronics? Been to a theatre and wondered at the sophistication of the live stage set? Welcome to the world of theatrical electronics. An exclusive inteview with this engineer in Arts – Ben Peoples

Priya: What is theatrical electronics? I always thought that theatres bought standard stuff off the shelves.
Ben: Theatrical electonics is a field of science where we try to rapid prototype electronic items on the stage to make things appear more real. Of course, it is a huge field. With 25 different theatres around the place where I live, my plates are generally full!

P: Interesting! How long have you been associated with electronics to capture such prototyping skills? What are the general tools that you use?
B: I have been prototyping electronics for over 20 years. I have been an ardent user of Arduino for the past 6. I loved the community so much that I even teach it to other people.

P: Oh teach too? Like classes for theatre prototyping? I would like more details on that.

B: (Smiles) Well not much, they are just getting started on how to rapidly put things together and program it using an Arduino to give it an “appearence” of more complex stuff like Time machine on stage.

P: Sounds fun. What are the theatre-specific whacky things that you teach them to build in the workshop? What are the general tools needed to attend your class?
B: I teach them to build Reed-candles, an elevator, wireless fireplace, wireless-dimmer, using Xbee radios for the lighting console and more things like that. I typically teach them inside a theatre wherein they need to bring their own laptops and software. They are seated inside a rehersal space so that they get the exact feel of designing things for a theatre. Other than that, its the usual arduino boards, gear motors, LEDs and of course, loads and loads of scotch tape! (Laughs)

P: Woah! How long does it take for you to teach them these?
B: 2-3 hours to teach math and the basics, 5 hours to explain the basic expriments and seeing them prototype their first objects. So yes, in total, 8 hours.

P: What according to you, is the advantage to pick electronic skill in the field of theatre?
B: There is theatre in colleges, the person could rise up to be a technical director, there is huge demand for lighting design, scenery design and of course in this age of television and movies, every drama theatre wants to stand out and do something extra. I see a huge future for it!

P: Okay one question that intrigues me after all this conversation is how different is theatre electronics from electronic arts?

B: Interesting question! For starters, Electronic Arts is very finished and polished. Theatrical electronics is well.. more raw and duct-taped at the back. They are two entirely different industries.

P: What are the things that interest you other than prototyping and what would be your ideal birthday present?

B: I love Ariel photography. Ideal birthday present is anything photography related. For work, I have to shoot digital, but for art I shoot 100% film, and just love it.

P: Any advice for youngsters?
B: Don’t be afraid to try anything new. Ship early, ship often.

(Ben can be contacted from his blog here. Also he is the author of a very cool book speaking on the same topic and yes, I contacted him via reddit. :P)

Exceptionally Hard and Soft meeting at Berlin 28-30 December 2012 (Part2)

Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Arduino at EHSM 2012

Arduino at EHSM 2012

We mentioned earlier about the very special geek way of entering new year 2013. So here is a first hand, un-altered account of Tricia Blickfeldt who participated in the Arduino workshop for kids held there. We now are richer by one more arduino user! Yay! :)

“Before I tell you about the conference, I have to say that I work in Special Education at an elementary school. I am surrounded by children all day every day. Many of them with disabilities. I am not an engineer. I am not a hacker. My gifts do not include technical things. I came to the conference as a friend of one of the presenters. Many of the presentations were foreign to me. I felt very welcomed though and learned a lot. The staff were all very helpful and kind.

I was excited and nervous to participate in the arduino workshop. My friend told me that the class was created for kids with no experience. This was comforting. Kid things are right up my alley. And I certainly had no experience. There had been some last minute changes in teachers for the class, but I was very impressed with the guys who presented the workshop. It was clear that they knew and were very experienced in what they were teaching. When we arrived and there were no kids and, much to my dismay, they changed up what/how they were going to teach. I was soon put at ease though as they began at the beginning and explained what arduino is, what it does, and why it is so amazing and useful. They adjusted to their audience without making it more complicated.

I got really anxious again as they started handing out several little parts for us to build on the arduino board. The directions however were clear and precise. Illustrations were shown and questions were welcomed and answered. I set up an LED light and programmed it to go! The programming was not difficult because we just had to look up the codes for the task we wanted and apply them to what built. To do this we had to name the light in the program so it knew where to apply the command.

Then we added a button and programmed that to make the light go when we pushed it! We had to make some modifications to the code to add the button. I was so excited. We had some time to add more lights and see what we could make them do. I lined them up and programmed them to flash in a row and then back! This was a little trickier to program because we had to name each light individually and tell it to go in sequence. Who knew that I was capable of that?

Finally, we added a knob to control the speed of the blinking. This was definitely the hardest for me to understand. We had to set a delay that corresponded to the position of the knob. I was so excited that I took pictures and videos to prove that I really did it and that it really worked!

I was very impressed at how professional the presentation was. It was given in a way that created meaning and understanding without being overwhelming. It allowed me to create things that I hadn’t ever imagined myself doing. I am motivated now to find a project to work on using what I learned in the arduino workshop.

The entire conference seemed to be a lot like the workshop. It was very pleasant and friendly to all who were there regardless of background or expertise. It was professional and the presenters were all very knowledgeable. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time at the conference.”

PS: Many many thanks Tomek and his friend, for filling in the last minute!

Interview of Massimo Banzi by Wired

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Watch Massimo Banzi, co-founder Arduino, talk about the Arduino platform and their new product, Arduino-Due.

Arduino a Codemotion 2012 Venezia

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Arduino Set For Workshops

Ci aspetta un week end intenso: mentre Davide e Pitusso tengono il workshop base di Arduino a Matera,  a Venezia (presso H-farm ) si tiene il secondo codemotion di quest’anno, che vedrà il nostro Cristian Maglie raccontare l’Arduino Due e il cammino che abbiamo intrapreso per realizzarla.
Arduino sponsorizza anche l’Hackaton sulle emergenze, offrendo 10 Arduino e breadboard ad ogni gruppo e i premi (Wifi shield e due Arduino Due).
Happy hacking e che vinca il migliore!
[codemotion]
[talk ArduinoDUE]
[hackathon]
[UPDATE]
L’ Hackathon è stato un successo. Ecco la [wiki] con tutti i progetti sviluppati e la [galleria] con le foto dell’evento.

Ci vediamo a Matera! #arduinotour

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Manca un giorno ormai a partire per Matera. Domani sera alle 19:00 presso l’incubatore nei sassi (molto vicino a qui) faremo una breve presentazione di Arduino che possa introdurre alla scheda e al movimento dell’hardware open source. La presentazione é rivolta a chi partecipa al workshop, ma anche e soprattutto a chi é interessato a conoscere Arduino e vedere alcuni progetti realizzati in giro per il mondo.

Prima e dopo la presentazione sarà possibile iscriversi al workshop, qualora non siate riusciti a farlo online (sia la scorsa settimana che questa abbiamo avuto qualche problema tecnico con lo store.

a domani.

Save The Date! Arduino Workshop a Matera #arduinoTour

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Come sapete stiamo portando un workshop di Arduino in giro per l’Italia. Siamo stati a Roma un po’ di tempo fa e ora é il turno di Matera. Sviluppo Basilicata, oltre ad avere sistemato parte dei Sassi trasformandoli in un incubatore di impresa, si é spesa per rendere il workshop possibile (avete capito bene, il workshop si terrà nei mitici Sassi di Matera!).

Se vuoi darci una mano a promuovere il workshop nella tua città scarica il volantino cartaceo! Vi invitiamo tutti quanti a partecipare alla presentazione del workshop e di Arduino il venerdì 16 Novembre [Iscriviti all'Evento Facebook]

Il Workshop é in vendita sullo store di Arduino.

Hamburg Maker Meeting 2012 and Arduino Due preview

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Hamburg Maker Meeting 2012, which took place last week and involved about 200 visitors and more than 20 exhibitors, has been a fantastic opportunity to meet and share experience regarding several topics, such as 3D printing, hacking, retro gaming and so on. At the Attraktor Makerspace, several projects have been presented and demonstrated by their inventors, among which we highlight a very nice Arduino-based floppy drive organ that has been employed to play the Tetris game theme.

Moreover, among the others events planned for the meeting, a special sneak-preview session allowed all the interested people to get some insights on the new Arduino Due board, released a couple of days ago.

A video of the event can be found here, while here you may find more pictures.

More information can be found on the homepage of the meeting.

[Via: Hamburg Maker Meeting website]

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