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Arduino Day Roma: call for volunteers, save the date!

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arduino day roma

Arduino Day  selected Rome as the official italian event, that will be held on March 29th at the triumphal Tempio di Adriano. The program of the day, developed by Officine Arduino and DiScienza, will include: an area for makers and open-source startups, free workshops for kids and free talks and demos about Arduino (click here for the program).

The aim of Arduino Day is not only to celebrate Arduino, but also to discuss (and learn) about new projects and ideas and to involve new people into the Arduino community! If you want to present your own project to Arduino Day Rome click here; we are also looking for volunteers - if you want to help us click here and you’ll have as gift an Arduino t-shirt, a bag and a discount code for our online store!

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Arduino Day Roma
Saturday march 29th, 2014
venue: Tempio di Adriano, Piazza di Pietra – Roma
time: 10.30 am – 6.30 pm

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Remember : the call for submission to organise the  Arduino Day  in your local town closes on Monday 17th of March 2014 – 12.oo CET

 

 

 

Arduino Tour 2014: le nuove tappe di Rimini e Pula #Italy

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Wearables Rimini

 

L‘Arduino Tour torna nel 2014 con due tappe  ’on the beach‘: Rimini e Pula. Le due location ospiteranno nelle prossime settimane due workshop dedicati all’alfabeto di Arduino e alle wearable technologies.

  • L’appuntamento di Rimini si terrà sabato 22 febbraio negli spazi del nuovissimo MakerRn Lab di Rimini, dove Zoe Romano e Riccardo Marchesi di Plug&Wear introdurranno in otto ore di workshop il mondo dei wearables. Nella prima parte della giornata ci si avvicinerà a livello teorico alle applicazioni wearable, mentre nella seconda i parteciperanno produrranno un piccolo progetto con un sensore tessile. Appassionati di moda, design e smanettoni sono benvenuti, non è infatti richiesta alcuna conoscenza di programmazione o di taglio e cucito.  Qui trovi i dettagli per prenotare uno degli ultimi posti ancora disponibili!
  • La tappa sarda dell’Arduino Tour toccherà mercoledì 26 febbraio la sede dello IED di Cagliari (Viale Trento 39, h. 17) con un’introduzione alla scheda Arduino curata da Mirco Piccin e aperta a tutti. Tra giovedì 27 e venerdì 28 febbraio, il team Arduino si sposterà invece con Davide Gomba a Pula negli spazi del Parco Tecnologico della Sardegna, dove il Fablab di Sardegna Ricerche ospiterà le 16 ore di workshop vero e proprio. Al termine del percorso, i partecipanti avranno per competenze per mettere a punto mini-progetti, da implementare poi in autonomia a casa.  Prenota la tua partecipazione  qui!

 

 

 

Following lines, going to the rescue with Arduino Robot – Video Tutorial

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ArduinoRobot

 

Once again Xun and David in this fourth video tutorial on the Arduino Robot released by RS Components, are exploring one of the most used techniques in Robotics: following a line, just like factory robots do to get an orientation when they carry objects from one place to another without human intervention.

Watching the video you’ll learn how to create a racing track drawing a black line over a white surface and understand how the different sensors read data that will be used to feed a PD algorithm:

PD stands for Predictive-Derivative and it is used to make a decision on how centred the robot is on top of the line. Ideally, for the robot to follow a line, the central IR sensor needs to be straight on top of the track and the algorithm needs to be “clever” enough to steer the motors towards it.

Check it out:

 

 

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Arduino Tour: prossima tappa Udine. Le iscrizioni sono aperte

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Udine Arduino Tour

Il primo appuntamento con l’Arduino Tour per quest’autunno ci porta a Udine:

  • Venerdì 22 novembre 6 dicembre alle 19.00: presentazione pubblica di Arduino nella sede di Confartigianato Udine in Via del Pozzo 8
  • Sabato e Domenica 23 e 24 novembre  7 e 8 dicembre dalle 10 alle 18: workshop Base di Arduino ospitato nella sede del Temporary FabLab: via Stringher 12, sempre a Udine

Come ogni tappa, anche questa volta  l’appuntamento si snoda su 3 giorni. Il venerdì presentazione pubblica serale e i due giorni successivi, sabato e domenica, li dedicheremo a esplorare come compiere i primi passi con Arduino e permettere agli iscritti di realizzare un piccolo progetto. I partecipanti lasceranno il corso con una serie di strumenti per orientarsi, di  materiali base per realizzare progetti interattivi e per continuare ad imparare online in modalità autonoma.

Come in ogni tappa del Tour utilizzeremo come base l’Arduino Starter Kit che da qualche settimana è disponibile anche nella versione italiana!

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The Lotter brothers reach Cairo, first ARM/Raspberry Pi workshop in Africa a success!

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The Lotter brothers have reached Cairo on their epic overland trip to South Africa. (N.B. That’s ‘epic’ as in Odyssean, not as in finishing a really hard boss level or the pizza shop forgetting to charge you for the stuffed crust option.) Fred and Ernest tell their story so far:

In July this year my brother and I departed from England in a Land Rover Defender. Our mission was to drive back to our home country, South Africa. We selected a route which will take us through Europe, Russia, some Middle Eastern countries, and then down the east coast of the African continent.

We are big fans of ARM technology and specifically the Raspberry Pi. Our car is fitted with networked Raspberry Pi’s which control internal lights and external spotlights. We are both electronic engineers (I had the privilege to work at ARM Ltd. for the last 8 years) so we decided to offer some technical workshops to schools, universities, technology hubs and technical business incubators on the way down, with our focus on Africa.

We created a two day workshop which gives attendees the opportunity to learn how to build a complete Raspberry Pi based Embedded Linux system to control external electronics. The workshop consists of technical training and hands-on practical sessions covering a wide range of  topics such as building a custom Linux kernel and root filesystem, GPIO access, networking, multi-threading and Python programming.

 

Due to the current situation in Egypt, it took us almost two months (and two freight ships) to finally get the car and ourselves from Turkey to Cairo.

On the 25th of October we had our first full workshop in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was hosted by The District and ICE Cairo, both business incubator hubs helping new start-up companies to get on their feet. We ran the workshop for a group of about 20 people all with slightly different technical backgrounds (we had 10 Raspberry Pi kits available for the event).

We start the day by looking at the company ARM Ltd and discuss topics such as the ARM business model, the ARM ecosystem and typical design cycle of an ARM based System-On-Chip (SOC). We then introduce the ARM based Raspberry Pi and discuss the capabilities of the board, and look at the available peripherals.

Demoing the Raspberry Pi at the Cairo workshop

One focus area of this course is Embedded Linux so we then dive straight into Linux application development and we explain how the GPIO, networking and threading API works under Linux. The practical sessions take them from setting up the SD card to completing their first Python program by which they use the GPIO ports to access a simple electronic circuit which they have built on a breadboard using discrete components.

Learning the basics of GPIO

The second half of the course focuses on the Linux kernel and root filesystem. We discuss some of the Linux kernel default configurations for the Raspberry Pi and then look at the Buildroot environment for compiling a custom minimal embedded root filesystem. Finally, we discuss some of the popular filesystem types and consider the problem of corruption on power cuts. The practical sessions gives each person a chance to build a complete kernel and root filesystem from source and set up the SD card from scratch.

We had a fantastic time in Cairo and are looking forward to our next stop in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where we will meet up with people form ICE Addis. Raspberry Pi is sponsoring the practical kits for the workshops we are running – thank you guys!

If anyone is interested in attending or hosting an ARM/Raspberry Pi workshop in Africa in the future, please send us an email or visit our Facebook page.

You can track our current location here.

Logo and Remote control your Arduino Robot – Video tutorial

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Mbanzi_robot

 

RS Components released the second video focused on the first steps with the Arduino Robot with Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles and Xun Yang:

In this video you will see where to find code examples on the IDE. The robot library comes with two folders named “learn” and “explore” with examples on how to use the software to program the top board – this is the board you will mainly interact with while the motor board runs its original firmware.

One of the first examples of coding on the Arduino Robot is called “LOGO” which is very similar to an early educational programming language that controlled a virtual turtle moving across the screen with simple instructions. This time however, instead of having a small virtual turtle running on a screen, we have a robot that can respond to commands demonstrating a basic example of movement.

“LOGO” invites users to interact with the robot using the keypad to tell the robot whether to move forwards/backwards or to turn left/right. The program can store a series of commands that will then be executed one at a time.

Xun and David show users where to find the LOGO example and how to upload it to the robot’s control board. You will notice that the robot’s motors are disengaged when the USB cable is connected. The Arduino Robot can be pretty powerful and this feature prevents it from running away with your laptop!

Since all motors are slightly different, users will have to configure the robot’s movement using a different example called “Calibration”. Using a screwdriver on the trimmer on the bottom board, it is possible to balance the strength applied by each one of the wheels so that the robot moves straight when asked to. The video closes with an example of how to use a simple IR-receiver connected to one of the sensor inputs on the robot to control it using a small universal TV-remote. This program is also part of the basic list of examples in the library.

Go and run with the first Arduino on wheels!

 

Making noise with Arduino- Workshop at IDEO NYC

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arduinonoise

(originally posted on Makezine)

Dario Buzzini and I have been friends since we met at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea several years ago. Ever since, we have worked together on interaction design projects for different clients. While visiting NYC for World Maker Faire last month, we organized a free open workshop for 25 participants at the IDEO NYC office (where Dario works)  focused on creating sounds and music.

Make Some Noise” was a short, one-day workshop about Arduino where we explored the topic of sound and it was aimed at complete beginners with no experience. To simplify the structure of the workshop we started with hands-on experiments composed by a quick set of exercises to enable the participants to understand the basics and, later on, to start exploring pitch, frequency, tone, and multiple effects—with quite curious results (see videos below)!

 

 

To make things even easier, we focused only on one type of output  showing how you can relate that output with several types of input, like different sensors. We started, as usual, blinking a LED and then learned how a speaker clicks the same way an LED blinks: if you do it fast enough you can make a sound, if you do it at a specific speed you can make a note, and if you look up at all the frequencies associated with all the notes you can make scales.

After some testing, students were able to create noises, sounds, control them through slide sensors, buttons, potentiometers. At the end, as a fun exercise we used a piece of open source software that one of the Arduino users put on the Arduino Playground, which turns the Arduino into an eight-oscillator synthesizer that can use any piece of metal as a sensor. We then connected eight soda cans with an Arduino and a speaker. It played them as if it was a church organ!

Design and technology have, once again, come together to redefine, shape, and explore new experiences through simple, approachable tools.

My open-source, do-it-yourself cellphone (built with Arduino).

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DIY cellphone (in hand)

For a little over a year, I’ve been working on an open-source, DIY cellphone as part of my PhD research at the MIT Media Lab. The current version of the phone is based on the Arduino GSM shield and Arduino GSM library. It sports a deliberately low-resolution screen (8 characters, each a 5×7 matrix of LEDs), a laser-cut wooden enclosure, flexure (living hinge) buttons, and a ~1000-line Arduino program that powers the user interface. The phone can make and receive phone calls and text messages, includes a phone book and caller id, and keeps the time. Everything you’d expect from a 20-year old Nokia! (Except snake.) I’ve been using various iterations of the project as my primary cellphone for the past six months or so.

DIY Cellphone (LED matrix variant)DIY Cellphone (LED matrix variant)

The phone is open-source and the design files are available on GitHub (hardware, software). Assembly instructions are on my website, although I wouldn’t recommend making your own unless you have experience with soldering surface mount components.

Second DIY cellphone workshop

Of course, it’s not just me that’s been building these phones. I’ve run two workshops in which other people have made them for themselves. A few people have been building them on their own, including someone who posted his result on Twitter.

Ben Peters' Phone.Dena's purpleheart phoneNadya and Jeff making cellphones

Here you can see some the variations on the enclosure that my friends have made. On the left is a 3d-printed case by Ben Peters, the middle is a CNC-milled purpleheart wood case by Dena Molnar, and on the right is a hand-cut cardboard case by Jeffrey Warren.

DIY Cellphone Prototypes

The phone has undergone numerous revisions as I’ve tried to get it into a robust, useable form. Here you can see some of those variations. I started with an LCD screen like those found on old Nokia phones, but it would break after a month or so in my pocket, so I switched to the more-robust LED matrix. The enclosure has had a few tweaks as well, primarily to find a good design for the flexure buttons.

DIY Cellphone (LED matrix variant)

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the current incarnation. It seems to be relatively robust, simple enough to assemble by hand, and functional enough to use everyday (although a long way from a smart phone). That’s my DIY cellphone.

ArduinoTour in Singapore! See you on August 3rd and 4th

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Workshop in Singapore

 

It’s been a while now we have been testing and bringing ArduinoTour Workshops all over Italy and – here and there – around Europe. And we are happy to inform you that this powerful workshop format is soon landing in Singapore on August the 3rd-4th, hosted by The Hub Singapore, a cool co-working space willing to spread the Arduino word within its walls and beyond.

During the 2-day workshop participants will learn the basics of Arduino (what we call the Arduino Alphabet) and  have the chance to see it in action on different scenarios. They will produce their own project using the Arduino Starter Kit given to the workshop attendees.

The ArduinoTour is a way to meet & share experiences. For this reason it’s traditionally opened by a public presentation of Arduino which is going to happen on friday the 2nd of August at 7:00 PM at the-Hub. (download hi-res flyer)

Book your participation now and join the Arduino world.

 

 

Arduino workshop at Fondazione Castiglioni – Visual report

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Arduino e la Luce - Massimo Banzi

Last weekend at Fondazione Achille Castiglioni Massimo Banzi held a workshop called “Arduino and the light” where participants learned the basics of Arduino and created an interactive lamp digitally manufactured and designed by Habits Studio.

The Tinkerlamp was developed to be easily assembled the necessity of any technical notion: a single sheet of wood includes all the pieces to be mounted in interlocking, avoiding the use of glues.

ArduinoLuce-Tinkerlamp

All the files to produce the laser-cut lamp will be  are released with an open-source license and now will be downloadable from Habit’s website.

Even without any knowledge of electronics, participants  learnt and practiced how to add interaction to the lamp using Tinkerkit, a collection of different sensors and actuators to make prototyping much easier as you can directly hook them up to the Arduino.

ArduinoLuce - Tinkerkit

 

Take a look at the pictures of the two-day workshop on our Flickr set below, click on it for bigger pictures!

Trento 5-6-7 luglio: è in arrivo l’Arduino Tour

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Arduino Tour Trento

L’estate non ferma l’appuntamento con l’Arduino Tour che, dopo Alessandria, continua il suo percorso verso Trento. Questa volta saremo ospiti della  Fondazione Bruno Kessler, centro di ricerca di livello internazionale che ospita oltre 350 ricercatori in ambito scientifico, tecnologico, sociale e umanistico.

Come ogni tappa, l’appuntamento si snoda su 3 giorni. Il venerdì presentazione pubblica serale e i due giorni successivi, sabato e domenica, li dedicheremo a esplorare una panoramica degli impieghi di Arduino e permettere ai partecipanti di realizzare un piccolo progetto. Aspettatevi di lasciare il corso con una serie di strumenti per orientarvi in una crescente e variegata quantità di materiale per continuare ad imparare online.

Entrambe gli appuntamenti si terranno presso il Polo scientifico e tecnologico di Via Sommarive 18 – Povo (TN).

L’iscrizione al workshop vi permette anche di ottenere uno sconto del 10% per l’acquisto dell’Arduino Starter Kit o, se ce l’avete già, di altri prodotti dello store online.

I posti sono limitati, quindi se avete voglia di aprirvi al mondo di Arduino, affrettatevi a prenotare la vostra partecipazione cliccando su questo link.

 

Workshop Arduino alla Fondazione Achille Castiglioni – ultimi posti!

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Tinker lamp

Sabato e domenica prossimi presso la Fondazione Achille Castiglioni a Milano, Massimo Banzi terrà un workshop dal titolo “Arduino e la luce” in cui i partecipanti realizzeranno la Tinker Lamp (nelle foto) fabbricata digitalmente e disegnata dallo studio Habits, resa interattiva tramite Arduino.

Il ricavato del workshop andrà alla Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

Ci sono ancora alcuni posti disponibili! Prenotatevi qui entro venerdì 14 alle 14.

One day of “smart” hacking in Malmö

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SmartWatch

Next weekend Arduino Verkstad in Malmö  is organizing a one-day workshop in collaboration with Sony Mobile to experiment on programming from the Arduino IDE on Sony SmartWatch.

You don’t have to be a programmer to participate because this is low level hacking and if you, for example, are interested in graphic design or interaction design this might be something for you. Participants will work in groups and get tutoring throughout  to test the watch and modify it  on custom ideas.

The hands-on event will take place saturday 15th of June from 12 to 18 at STPLN in the city of Malmö (Sweden) . There is a limited amount of spots for the event and you can sign up by sending an e-mail to s.zetterdahl [at] arduino.cc no later than Friday the 14th of June.

In order to prepare grouping, please add some info on your technical background and language spoken (English/Swedish/Spanish). Attendance is for free and they will serve lunch and coffee.

The event is hosted in association with STPLN and Fabriken

 

 

Arduino e la luce, workshop con Massimo Banzi alla Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

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Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

(in english below)

Se avete avuto l’occasione di visitarla, concorderete che la Fondazione Achille Castiglioni sia uno dei luoghi più magici di Milano, un luogo vivo, brulicante e allegro dove si respira l’amore per il design, per il progetto e per le persone.

Il 15 e 16 giugno prossimi in una delle stanze della sede della fondazione in Piazza Castello 27 a Milano, Massimo Banzi terrà un workshop di base intitolato “Arduino e la luce”, portando 15 partecipanti alla realizzazione di una lampada interattiva fabbricata digitalmente a partire da un design di studio Habits.

Dopo l’introduzione alle potenzialità di Arduino e ai fondamenti dell’interattività, Massimo guiderà i partecipanti attraverso esercizi guidati alla scoperta dell’abc di Arduino e di alcuni sensori. Nel resto del weekend Massimo lavorerà con gli studenti per rendere interattive le lampade e ogni partecipante porterà a casa la propria creazione al termine del corso.

Il workshop si svolge nell’ambito della mostra dedicata alla lampada Gibigiana disegnata da Achille Castiglioni presentata con bozzetti e prototipi proposti in una nuova chiave sperimentale. Il ricavato del workshop andrà alla Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

Il corso è dedicato a principianti; non è necessaria alcuna conoscenza di elettronica e di programmazione. È richiesto a ogni partecipante di portare il proprio laptop con sistema operativo Windows, Mac (10.5 o superiore) o Linux. Su richiesta, sarà possibile pranzare in studio Castiglioni (a un costo di 20 euro per il sabato e la domenica).

Iscrivetevi cliccando qui e per ulteriori domande scrivete a fondazioneachillecastiglioni [at] press-office.co.

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Experimenting on light and interaction with Massimo Banzi

If you had the chance to visit it, you’d agree that Fondazione Achille Castiglioni is one of the most charming site of Milan, a lively and inspiring place, where you can breathe the love for design and for the people.

On the 15th and 16th of June Massimo Banzi will hold a two-day workshop (in italian) titled “Arduino e la luce” hosted in the rooms of the foundation in Piazza Castello 27 in Milan, bringing 15 participants into creating an interactive digitally-fabricated lamp, designed by Habits studio.

After introducing Arduino and the basics of interactivity, Massimo will guide participants into exploring the sensors and how to make their lamp interactive. Each of them will work on one lamp and is going to bring home the final result at the end of the second day.

gibigiana

The workshop is organized as part of the exhibition dedicated to the Gibigiana lamp, designed by Achille Castiglioni and presented in a new experimental version with sketches and prototypes. All proceeds from this workshop will go to Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

The workshop will be in italian language and open to beginners, without any knowledge of electronics or programming.

Book your participation at this link and if you need more info write to achillecastiglioni [at] press-office.co

 

 

La tappa di Napoli dell’Arduino Tour: sperimentazioni su musica e internet delle cose

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Arduino Tour Napoli

Nel  weekend all’inizio di maggio  l’Arduino Tour ha fatto tappa a Napoli per una presentazione e un workshop di due giorni in cui i partecipanti hanno sperimentato principalmente su due fronti.

Nel primo, sfruttando della vernice conduttiva BareConductive, è stato creato un disegno su una tovaglia: uno pseudo logo di Riot, lo spazio che ospitava l’evento. Dopodichè questo circuito pitturato è stato collegato ad Arduino UNO, connesso a sua volta ad un pc su cui giravano il software di bridge Serial-Midi (già visto a Verona) e Ableton. In questo scenario, usando il disegno e il proprio corpo (e pure l’altrui!) come un unico circuito, è stato possibile generare una grande varietà di suoni.

A completare il tutto, un vecchio Stylophone hackerato a fare da sottofondo! Qui qualcuno si è dedicato alla progettazione e realizzazione della pittura, altri all’interfacciamento Arduino-Midi, altri alla musica, altri allo Stylophone.

sylophone

Il secondo fronte era dedicato al monitoraggio di consumi e all’Internet delle Cose. E’ stata realizzata una postazione per il monitoraggio di consumi, temperatura e luminosità e invio degli stessi a Emoncms (progetto OpenEnergyMonitor). In questo gruppo l’intenzione era di realizzare sensori di consumo a partire da materiale di recupero, anche se poi si è utilizzata una pinza amperometrica. Un altro gruppo ha invece utilizzato una nota centralina di monitoraggio wireless di consumi (CC-128), che debitamente hackerata è stata interfacciata ad Arduino. Anche in questo caso i dati recuperati venivano inviati a Emoncms Qui qualcuno si è dedicato al CC-128, altri alla configurazione standard, altri alla dashboard su Emoncms.

Iot

Qui sotto potete vedere alcune foto dal nostro profilo di Flickr e nel caso vi venga voglia di partecipare al prossimo workshop, prenotatevi per la tappa di Alessandria il prossimo 1 e 2 giugno!