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ArticaCC Showreel 2013

2013 was a challenging year, but also filled with great achievements! There were many projects related to robotics, interactive installations and educational stuff!
This video is something I must share with you, hope you enjoy ;)

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MERV

Merv stands for Mini E-Revo, and this is my latest acquisition which turned out to become a hobby! Also it gives me what I eventually call “mechanics sensibility”, and due to the high level maintenance it requires, I am becoming a better maker and designer, as if I wouldn’t say so to myself!!
This car design and engineering is so top level and is like an open book, one can learn a lot just from looking it.

Of course the best part is when the car is able to be driven!

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Valentine’s Interactive Hancky

http://artica.cc/blog/2014/02/13/workshop_lencos_interactivos.html

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Calm day @ Nazaré

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Casa do Conhecimento, Vila Verde – Interactive Robotics Exhibition

Interactive Exhibition of Creative Robotics was how this event was entitled! Interactive because visitors could interact with the objects, and creative because all the objects (robots in this case) exposed were created without any pre-conceptions of what a robot should be, or look like.

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Vila Verde is a sweet place in the north of Portugal, something like 400 klm away from Lisbon, it was a long ride but totally worth the effort! Our host was Casa do Conhecimento, they invited us to deliver a showroom of Artica’s robotics products and installations. We brought with us ICU, the brand new Driving Farrusco entitled “Explorer”, Magabot, Sapobot, Farrusco, and a painter robot by IDMind, we also brought an Auduino just to show how simple it is to mess with Arduino and electronics.

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More than 500 students came to visit and interact with the installations during two days.

After two days of speaking and explaining the same stuff all over, we were completly exausted but with a great feeling of joy! Kids were very enthusiastic and left their opinions about what they saw, we leave here a list of improvements we intend to do on the next showroom:

- ICU could play sounds, and have some kind of manual control
- Farrusco with different and customizable shells
- The Explorer should be on another room, or inside a maze
- Painterbot should be interactive, respond to light sources, claps or sounds, this ways people will participate on the painting
- Magabot should respond to voice commands

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Magabot following the blue color on the kids jacket.

Interactive robotics can be an ice breaker when it comes to social and digital inclusion. The class of special-needs students was a totally new experience! They embraced our robots, one could see how curious and happy they were!

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Student of a special-needs class controlling the Explorer bot.

What a great experience! We will definitely continue our research on human-robot interaction paradigms in order to deliver better user experiences! Thank you Casa do Conhecimento for this awesome opportunity! We hope to see you soon! The following fotos speak for themselves!

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Farrusco following light.

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Showing the electronics side of an Auduino.

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Sapobot proved once again to be a robotic star! Kids just loved it!!

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IDMind painter robot.

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Kids wondering if this is art or not?! What do you think?

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The Explorer bot.

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Magabot following the green color, during the visit of the special-needs students class.

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Visit of the Mayor António Vilela.

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ICU is a tireless robot, always seeking to interact and play!!

Please take a visit to the flickr set of photos here.

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Portuguese Makers Hangout #5

“The purpose of these Hangouts is to gather the Portuguese Makers and get the world to know about their talents and their projects. We’ll use them to share experiences and create contents around the best of the DIY/Making scene in our country.

We’ll invite 3 participants for each hangout and their goal is to show us one of their creations, talk about the problems and challenges they had while building them and their lessons learned. A live demo will be provided.

Anything that mixes creativity and art with technology counts. A robot, a quadcopter, a cool gadget, a 3D printer, a new technique or material, anything that comes out of the inventor’s obsession to create things will do.

These hangouts will be recorded, saved, and made available on as many channels as possible. Currently we’re aiming to do an Hangout every month, but this might change (for the best).”

I was invited to participate on the 5th Portuguese Makers hangout, together with Ferdinand Meier and Rui Marcelino, what a great time we had, despite of my internet connection broke while I was talking abour Artica’s projects, but anyway, I had a great time!  Thank you Celso for the invitation!!!  ;)

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Audience Pong

This installation was commisioned by GCI, in order to boost the Projecto_80 event that took place at Escola Secundária Eça de Queiroz in Lisbon!

Audience Pong

Audience Pong is a community game inspired by emergence patterns. No instruction is given to the audience, only a red / blue card. The audience must figure out how to move the game pads in order to hit the ball. Once the audience understands how to play, visual feedback is disabled. Pure fun :D

Definitely the best moment of the day!

Audience Pong

Don’t forget to check Artica’s Blog for more cool news!!

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Differential wheeled robot simulator

This Processing application is ment to simulate a differential wheeled robot, very used nowadays. This app will be usefull in our Robotics Workshops!

Differential Drive Simulator in Processing

I missed the github class so here it is the good’old zip
Here’s the link to the repo, you’re welcome to contribute ;)

There are still a couple of enhancements on the list:

  • real metrics and scale
  • connect to motor encoders
  • record a path on the virtual world and let the real robot follow it
  • become real simulator of the arduino code used in our robotics workshops

The video is reproduced a lot faster than the program really performs  :p

Some control keys are available:
Differential Drive Simulator in Processing
Differential Drive Simulator in Processing

The overall program is quite simple to use, just pass the mouse over the joystick area to control the bot.
Differential Drive Simulator in Processing

The program basically maps joystick values X and Y to a differential drive system where two motors are used to drive a robot.

There is also a representation of a robot and its path according to the motors differential rotation.

Credits:

The joystick program was based on a program entitled ‘JoystickSimulation’ by: Vince Thompson
http://diyroboticslab.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/joystick-simulation-with-processing/

The robot program was based on a program entitled ‘Kephera Simulator’ by Adam Matic of Croatia
http://gritsgroup.org/robotsimulator.htm

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fun with 3D

While on holiday I always take the opportunity to code new things that usually I am not able to do, this time I got into the processing 3D built-in camera, and you will see why in a future post.

Source code available here: http://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/107535

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Workshop de Introdução à Róbotica no AltLab

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