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Hot from a brainstorming session

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

 

Ardunerds refusal

(c) 2010 Ardunerds refusal by Mie Norgaard

We had a brainstorming session the other day and Mie Norgaard (blog, twitter), a researcher from IT-University Copenhagen came by to take sketch-notes from it. The discussion was about alternative currency systems for a new Fablab we are creating in Malmo … and she took this note at some point. I found it quite funny. Check more of her drawings (and everything else) at mienoergaard.dk

 

 

Hacked Toy Internet Alert Circuit

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 

 

Roth Mobot shared a nice project about an “interface between the Internet and a common circuit bent toy.

We decided to create a circuit that would activate a toy whenever someone logged into Roth Mobot’s web site. We designed a simple and elegant solution using an Arduino, a home made Vactrol, a common electronic toy, and three simple scripts written in different programming languages. We’d like to thank William Swyter for lending us his Arduino, and Factory Smoke for his Vactrol suggestion, which stopped us from creating overly-complicated custom circuitry with transistors and diodes, and made the programming a piece of cake. The result was an elegant circuit that electrically insulates the toy from the Arduino (and the computer) by “optically coupling” them with light.

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Hacked Toy Internet Alert Circuit

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 

 

Roth Mobot shared a nice project about an “interface between the Internet and a common circuit bent toy.

We decided to create a circuit that would activate a toy whenever someone logged into Roth Mobot’s web site. We designed a simple and elegant solution using an Arduino, a home made Vactrol, a common electronic toy, and three simple scripts written in different programming languages. We’d like to thank William Swyter for lending us his Arduino, and Factory Smoke for his Vactrol suggestion, which stopped us from creating overly-complicated custom circuitry with transistors and diodes, and made the programming a piece of cake. The result was an elegant circuit that electrically insulates the toy from the Arduino (and the computer) by “optically coupling” them with light.

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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]

 

 

 

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]

 

 

 

Why Arduino is a hit? (comparing to others…)

Friday, July 9th, 2010

have a look at this very interesting article on wired online talking and compairing Beagleboard to the Arduino success:

For electronics hobbyists, the open source chipset BeagleBoard that packs as much punch as a smartphone processor might seem like the key to paradise.

Yet it is the relatively underpowered 8-bit microcontroller Arduino that has captured the attention of DIYers.

Arduino began as a project in Italy in 2005 and since then has turned into an open source hardware movement. There are thousands of Arduino projects today such as electric meters, guitar amplifiers and Arduino-based gadgets that can tell you when your plants need water.

The Arduino community is at least 100,000 users strong.  But it is not alone.

Other open source projects like the BeagleBoard, which is shepherded by Texas Instruments, are trying to win Arduino fans over.

via [wired]

Arduino and repurposed Nike

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Not long ago we have been inspired by this Nike Japanese advert about bendable instruments made out of shoes. Now it’s the time of rethinking the use of the shoe.

‘NIKE Levitation’

To me the shoes have a very pure function. Supporting, cushioning and softening the inevitable fall back down to earth. It was this relationship with gravity that gave me my starting point. I asked what would happen if the shoes didn’t have to fall back down to earth? What if they never touched the ground? How would their function change? I imagined them moving away from impact cushioning and towards a kind of spectacle. So this is what I decided
to make happen.

Actually making it happen was very challenging. After experimenting (and failing) with many different systems and methods, I finally settled on a system comprising an electromagnet and feedback system, at the heart of which is an Arduino micro controller.

more info after the break.

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Translating as Community Work

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Nice community experience among arduino-spaniards and told by David Cuartielles here:

This week, I am doing some serious community volunteering in the production of the Arduino Reference in Spanish. In the early days of the Arduino project, back in 2006 and thanks to the work of mostly 3 people, we translated the Arduino page back then into Spanish. The system, thanks to the contribution of hundreds of users around the globe, evolved in an almost infinite series of iterations, into what it is today.

have a look or help

via [Medea]

Vote for Arduino! [English subtitled video provided!]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

You have probably read this blog post from [dcuartielles] talking about “Italia degli Innovatori” project.

The Italian government is making a selection of national innovations to bring to Shanghai’s Expo this year. There have been many entries, among them ours, and now Wired Italy is conducting an online poll to decide which will be the chosen ones to be present at the Expo. Representing Arduino, Massimo submitted an entry in the name of Smartprojects, the company manufacturing Arduino USB and Arduino Mega, as well as a bunch of the official shields. The whole campaign is in Italian, and therefore it is pretty hard for the non-Italian speakers to even get to know this is happening.

Since I taped the interview some time ago, I chose to upload it on our youtube channel, with english subtitles.

Remember that this interview was shot to explain Arduino to an italian audience that used to ignore it. Massimo is one of the most modest person I know, and reading throught the subtitles I could feel the inner differences among english and italian.

Tell us what you think and – overall – vote!

via [arduinoBlog]

Arduino badges

Monday, May 10th, 2010

[davidCuartuelles] compares two different arduino badges: the ladyada’s arduino Uno meeting ones and the MultilogicaShop badges . And shows us.