School of machines

Monday week 1

Getting to know one another

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Looking for lunch

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Asking questions

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Some questions –

  • How do I make things that don’t fall over?
  • Why do people like to use technology?
  • How can I use a laser-cutter to teach calculus?
  • How do I decide what to learn first when there is so much I could learn?
  • Why do things have to be useful instead of playful?
  • Does the Arduino world include magnetic sensors?
  • How do I make large things?
  • What do people think of Phidgets?
  • What do people think of Gogoboard?
  • Do you know Daito Manabe?

Presentation time

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Federico Peliti

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Anaisa Franco


Tuesday week 1

The library
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Things are certainly starting to move around here

€7,95 from Conrad (get yours here)

Caitlin gets going

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Single-goal systems

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As a thought exercise –

Take 2 electronic components – speaker, servo, LED, motor, spring, etc.

Take a trait

  • passive aggressive
  • adventurous
  • optimistic
  • depressed
  • curious
  • aggressive
  • distracted
  • submissive

Think of something!

Tom’s idea

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Wayhay our first circuit!

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An illuminating experience

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Download the Arduino software for your laptop.

Here are the commands you can use.

The Arduino starter kit

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Buy at Tinker Soup for €98,50 Tel. 03077903156 c/o onformative, 2nd Hinterhof, 5th floor, Frankfurter Allee 53, 10247 Berlin

Buy at Conrad for €125,00 Schöneberg or Kreuzberg


Wednesday week 1

Do you know the Fritzing application? This is something you can use to plan your component/wiring layout on the breadboard, generate a circuit diagram and then a PCB layout. You can download it here.

Magnificent Mario

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Kreuzberg style – but is it art?

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Arduino waves the flag!

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Stefania starts her session (Stefania founded Hackidemia)

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Stefania invited us all to the maker camp party on Friday.

Brainstorming on the floor

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The artwork for our cycling project

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Take a look at lock8

Juice not bombs!

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See food not bombs.


Thursday week 1

Taking off for class this morning through the middle of Berlin

How to get a grant

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Alternatives to the Arduino editor

Eclipse
Eclipse is an integrated development environment. It contains a base workspace and an extensible plug-in system for customizing the environment. Written mostly in Java, Eclipse can be used to develop applications.

Sublime
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.

Codebender
This is an online development & collaboration platform for Arduino users, makers and engineers.


Show and tell


Mathematica

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Don’t wake up the dog

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The Processing software


This can talk to an Arduino via the serial interface.
Download it here.

To see a list of the command under the Help menu chose Reference.


Rhino


This is 3D modelling software.
Download the software here.

Rhino


Friday week 1

Another point of view – low-tech hacking with just your fingers


Mechanical greeting cards

Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner [4min selection]



123D Make

With Autodesk 123D Make you can turn your digital 3D models into amazing real world creations made from cardboard, wood, metal, and other flat materials.
Download 123D Make here

Inkscape

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor. It’s free and open source.
  1. Download & install XQuartz. XQuartz is an open-source effort to develop a version of the ​X.org X Window System that runs on OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the X11.app that Apple has shipped with OS X since version 10.5.
  2. Download Inkscape here
  3. Draw something or import it from somewhere else
  4. From Inkscape save cutting plan (Save as command) in “Plain SVG” format.

Visicut

Visicut is a user-friendly tool for laser-cutting.
  1. Download and install Visicut
  2. Download the correct Visicut settings here for the Zing laser cutter.
  3. Open Visicut and in the Edit menu choose settings to import the downloaded file.
  4. Open the cutting plan SVG file.
  5. Choose your material and its thickness
  6. Press “Execute” to send a file to the laser cutter
  7. Put the material in the laser cutter
  8. Use the spring to calibrate the height of the laser above the material
  9. Start the cutting

Fablab is here

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The Epilog Zing 6030 laser cutter

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Cutting

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Assembling

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Abel’s assembly

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Concentration

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Weekend week 1

Making in the cellar

Foto

Almost there

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Monday week 2

Randomness

  1. Language is a virus here
  2. 500 letters – generate your biography as an artist here
  3. Postmodernist text generator here
  4. Music aleatoric, indeterminate and generative

Rhino

  1. List of Rhino commands

Sources of existing 3D models

  1. Thingiverse
  2. Archive3d
  3. Makehuman

Show and tell

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Paper craft models from 3D data


Pepakura

Let’s modify the public space!

We will try to make some modification on the public space, like adding some function, make it useless or make it different. whatever. During this workshop, the participants will have an alternative point of view for the public space and can learn how to measure and model for digital fabrication tools.

Inspiring works

  • A sandstone block built from lego, blending real objects with 3d prints here
  • Dead Drops here
  • Trying to fix as much as possible here and here
  • The Inflatables – JOSHUA ALLEN HARRIS here
  • Mark jenkins here
  • Open Knit (Put clothes on mannequin, against fast fashion) here
  • Russia Wrap Up here
  • The Free Universal Construction Kit here

Tools

  1. Caliper, to measure small things. it’s important to measure it precisely.
  2. Ruler, measure to measure big things.
  3. Digital camera to design fits to the shape, and it’s also useful for 123D Catch.
  4. 2D vector graphics editor (illustrator)

Measuring the street furniture

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Tuesday week 2

Back at the Fablab


5 mm MDF and a bit of paint


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Creative chaos?

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Kovas’ mathematical meanderings

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The hard bit
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Wait and see what Victor is up to with his tree prosthetic

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Anaisa was busy too

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What remains of the day

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Wednesday week 2

Please touch

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A dead drop lock for the gate in The Wall.

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The Google Streetview man comes out into the world

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The original
google-man

Out in the street
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Wearables

Becky_Stewart
Becky Stewart’s website. Becky is an engineer / developer working with physical computing. She co-founded Codasign, to run workshops teaching programming and electronics, and is a member of Anti-Alias Labs where she collaborates with artists and creative agencies to create interactive installations. She has a PhD from the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London.

Becky’s slides are here

Examples of wearables

See theelectronicshobbyist for some basics.

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Tank Thunderbird and her 3D printer

TankHave you seen Moment of Inspiration? It’s like Rhino but easier to use.

Her Digital Alchemy web site.


Thursday week 2

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Need an idea?

http://whatthefuckismywearablestrategy.com
See http://theglovesproject.com


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//
// Becky’s lesson on Thursday
// Read the voltage from the Arduino’s analogue input A0
// and write out the value to the serial window
//
// Voltage divider circuit
//
//
int potPin = A0; // This is the analogue input used to measure
// the voltage from the potentiometer’s wiper

// set up the serial interface
void setup()
{
Serial.begin (9600);
}

// main loop
void loop()
{
int potValue;
potValue = analogRead (potPin); // produces values from 0 (0V) to 1023 (+5V)
Serial.println(potValue); // output to the serial interface
delay(300); // delay in ms
}


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Becky making

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Kim making traditional style

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WEAR IT

The wearable electronics festival 11 – 12 October 2014. Web site. Two days of diving into wearable tech at Betahaus Berlin.

Another shop for components, in Wedding


It’s called Sly

They were more helpful than the Conrad people. Erich-Weinert-Str. 139 – 141 – close to S-Bahn station Greifswalderstrasse.

aBe


Friday week 2

Listening

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Take a look at http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com

And also http://www.plummerfernandez.com/Digital-Natives


Monday week 3

ROBOTS LOOSE IN TATE BRITAIN!

ea01cb8c-9e85-44be-bb90-8b7e84555115The Space reports. Four robots will be roaming the galleries of Tate Britain after hours this weekend (15 – 17 August). After Dark offers people from all over the world the chance to control one of the robots’ routes around the Tate and to see through their ‘eyes’.

After Dark won the inaugural IK Prize 2014, a new annual prize presented by Tate to celebrate digital creativity, supported by the Porter Foundation.

Niklas and Kati

Their web sites are here and here.

Cyberbeetle from Kati Hyyppä on Vimeo.

Niklas Roy – My Little Piece of Privacy from Le Studio MAC Créteil on Vimeo.

Can we make walking machines as silly as John Cleese?


4 hours to print & then this

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Wooh! Presents!

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Treasure trove – All of these beautiful things to use

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To make one of these

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Or one of these

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Tuesday week 3

Barbie is keeping in trim

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Waiting for the music

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These legs are made for walking

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Wednesday week 3

Who knows Tim Hunkin?

Paprika pedestrian

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Hot gluing

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Hot soldering

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Cool bending of welding rods

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Thursday week 3

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Niklas and Kati working hard

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Friday week 3

The Robot Awards

  • The most likely to break Asimov’s laws
  • The most likely to spawn and take over the world
  • The robot that looks most like its creator
  • The most likely to get most likes on Facebook
  • The robot which will most likely leave the biggest carbon footprint
  • The most likely to get lost in uncanny valley
  • The most likely to be used for cheering up Alzheimer’s patients
  • The most likely to be confused with media art
  • The least likely to pass the Turing test
  • The most likely to be the next Amazon delivery service
  • The most likely to be used as a sex toy at the next Burning Man

The awards

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The voting

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Some contenders

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Early voting

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Robot wars – Berlin style

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Take a look at the amazing video on this page by Niklas Roy.


Weekend after week 3

Laser cutting rules OK


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Now it just needs an arm, the electronics and the software …


Monday week 4

Anaisa’s presentation on types of display

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Aerogel is funny stuff.

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Fiber Space

Fiber-space web site

Coded matters

Jarl Schulp presents –

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Sonice Development

The web site

Julian Adenauer presents –

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Rising Colorspace from Sonice Development on Vimeo.

This autumn Retune

Do you know Your world of text?

How about Victor’s http://www.protocoder.org


Tuesday week 4

3 presentations this morning


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Abel’s presentation

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Victor’s presentation

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Federico’s presentation

Links


Friday week 4

Final exhibition in Kunstquartier Bethanien


Come this way


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Kim’s TXT ME

There is more detail on TXT ME.
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Kim’s Edward Snowden Academy of Observation

There is more detail here.
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Niklas Roy’s electronic instant camera

See Niklas’ web site
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Mario’s head

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Now what is it?

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Draw something that sounds good

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Another work by Mario

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Can it see around corners?

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Tom’s amazing light sensitive drawing robot

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Kovas and Nancy’s beautiful mathematical creation

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Queue here to have your picture taken

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Victor asks how fast would you like your food?

This fast? (video)
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Young composer at work

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Postscript

FedericoFollowing a tip from Federico, I put TXT ME on the Instructables site.

Instructables.


On the first day

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