Il était une fois une chips …

Envie d’un peu de Diabolino

Posted in du matériel by albertine on juin 28, 2010

Say hell-o to Diavolino. Yes, it’s yet-another Arduino compatible board, but it’s cheap and kind of neat. Simplified design, rounded corners, and shiny. Open source kit. You can get one at our store here.

We designed this primarily in response to local need in our San Francisco hacker community for low-cost boards for teaching.

In many ways, this project is reminiscent of and complimentary to our ATmegaXX8 target boards, which are low-cost, simple design circuit boards for programming AVR microcontrollers through an ISP connection. And while you can add one, those boards don’t have a place to put a USB-TTL cable. And so here we are.

The design is like what you’d get if you bred the Ardweeny from Solarbotics with the 5 V Arduino Pro from SparkFun. It’s designed as an open source, through-hole soldering kit, with the « Duemilanove » form factor.

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et si on remplissait le ciel de Beatfly

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 28, 2010

Beatfly is a small illuminating blimp for entertainment. Its light and movement can be controlled via various interfaces such as MIDI controller, iPhone multi-touch interface, Flash interface on a web site, computer keyboard, mobile phones and voice, and music. It flies, filling the space with colorful light, producing diverse styles of performance in the air. Beatfly is based on open source hardware and software technology, and its technical resources themselves including materials, circuit diagram, mechanical diagram, and software programs are also published as open source under the Creative Commons license. Everyone is welcome to explore this technology by themselves. Beatfly is developed by Hideki Yoshimoto and supported by the IPA Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The Mitoh Youth Program).

Interested in making one? Check out the project’s code and schematics. You may also buy a Beatfly kit (BYO XBee and Arduino) for $65. [Thanks, Hideki!]

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O’Reilly Webcast: First Steps with Arduino

Posted in du côté de la fabrique by albertine on juin 18, 2010

In this webcast, Make Editor Brian Jepson introduces the basics of Arduino, the open source electronics prototyping platform. You’ll learn what Arduino is, where to get one, and how to connect electronic components to it. You’ll also learn how to write simple programs for Arduino. When you’re done, you’ll be ready to learn more, make more, and have fun prototyping. The last half hour of the recording is open chat following the webcast.

et puis un guide arduino (in french) très bien fait

et si les données numériques pesaient vraiment leur poids

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 15, 2010

Now this is a seriously weighty approach to data storage. Making great use of one of the more accessible DIY techniques – casting – RCA student Shu-Chun Hsiao has merged the casting of concrete with the world of high-tech products. We have previously seen concrete combined with steel to produce elegant jewellery. The outcome here may not appear quite as refined, yet the rugged presence of the Memory Weight does well to set it apart from your everyday USB storage device.

In a whimsical twist, the volume of data storage which is branded into each unit actually corresponds to the physical weight of the block.

Challenges to portability aside, this may be one of the most interesting twists in USB storage since the ever so clever USB eraser.

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Amarino 2.0 toolkit for Android and Arduino

Posted in du matériel by albertine on juin 15, 2010

This makes me want an Android phone and a Bluetooth Arduino. Amarino is a toolkit for the Android operating system that allows you to interface to an Arduino from your phone. The new version opens up a plug-in architecture and can now control multiple Arduinos (Arduini?) in parallel.
‘android meets arduino’ is a toolkit, basically consisting of an Android application and an Arduino library which will help you to interface with your phone in a new dimension. You can build your own interfaces almost without any programming experience.

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et si on fabriquait un Yoshimoto cube

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 11, 2010

This is a pretty amazing folding transformation of a single-color 2-unit cube into a pair of stellated rhombic dodecahedra of different colors. Among its other interesting properties, the Yoshimoto Cube can actually be folded into a cube having the color of either star. You can buy the (fairly pricey) toy version pictured above from the Museum of Modern Art Store. It is also possible to make your own, from paper, by following the instructions in the video below. It is, reportedly, a very rewarding, if time-consuming, process. You can download the pattern here.

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et si on était pas si loin de la lumière interactive

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 10, 2010

LuminAR robot finally shows us what pico projectors were meant for

LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices. The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.

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et si la lumière était interactive

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 10, 2010

en référence à la lumière interactive de Frédéric Kaplan – lire le passage du livre

Fab Year Book, first edition, 2010

Posted in du côté de la fabrique by albertine on juin 10, 2010

et si on faisait bouger les meubles suivant la présence des uns et des autres…

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 5, 2010

Adam Lassy of Brooklyn, NY, created ‘smart’ furniture that rearranges itself depending on the number of people in the room and their needs. Not really sure the specifics of how this works…

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et si on portait des gants en couleur

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 5, 2010

Avec Microsoft et Sony qui sont sur le point de révéler leurs technologies Natal et Move à l’E3, Il est dingue de penser que les millions de dollars d’investissement pourraient être réduits à néant par une paire de gant en lycra à 1€ et une webcam.

Les gants, que vous voyez ci-contre, sont certes tachetés mais de manière scientifique. Selon leurs designers du MIT, les 20 formes irrégulières et les 10 couleurs sont lues par une webcam et traduites sous forme de commandes uniques via des mouvements de doigts simples.

voir la vidéo

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