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Beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

arduino

Title: Beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity of Manchester
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-03-12
End Time: 17:30

Physical Computing’ and Arduino devices have made physical interaction affordable and available to non-experts. Whether creating interactive installations, information systems, prototyping products, or making new interfaces, there is a whole world of DIY electronics, interaction design and rapid prototyping available through this platform.

Real World Examples

But what can you do with an Arduino? Here are some of our favourite projects using the Arduino
Joe Saavedra‘s SOBEaR, the responsible robot bartender,
Sosolimited’s HBO Snow Window,
& last but not least the MadLab/HACman collaboration : Project-A-Sketch

What you need to be familiar with

You’ll need to know how to use your computer, edit files, and save them.
Some programming background is useful, but not essential; if you’ve ever written Javascript, Pascal, C, C++, Java or Actionscript, you’ll find the Arduino programming language very familiar. If you’ve written Macros in Excel or any desktop software, you’ll find this will help you understand what’s happening.

Software and costs

The fee of the course is £120, and includes an Ethernet shield, selection of components, wires and cables.
All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.
We will be using the Arduino IDE, version 0021,  which can be downloaded from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software for all platforms.
We will also be using the Processing IDE, version 1.2.1, which can be downloaded from http://processing.org/download/ for all platforms.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need to bring a computer, ideally a laptop, with a recent version of  Linux, Windows or OSX installed. You will need a USB interface on this computer.

To prepare for the course…

Sign up – Beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing

Building the Internet of Things – Arduino and Ethernet

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Bubblino

Title: Building the Internet of Things – Arduino and Ethernet
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity course exploring the Ethernet shield, which make an excellent platform to explore the Internet of Things.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-02-25
End Time: 17:30

Want your letterbox to email you whenever the postman has been? Needa clock to show you where your loved ones are? Or a glowing multi-coloured ambient orb to show your energy usage? This course will get you started on the road to realising your own Internet-connected projects.

What you need to be familiar with

You’ll need to know how to use your computer, edit files, and save them.

A familiarity with Arduino is also essential – we won’t be covering the Arduino basics. If you haven’t worked with Arduino before then you should take the Beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing course first.

Software and costs

All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.
We will be using the Arduino IDE, version 0021, which can be downloaded from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software for all platforms.

More detailed information :

Sign up – Arduino and Ethernet: Building the Internet of Things

Arduino and Physical Computing

Friday, February 5th, 2010
Li’l Arduino Keyboard

Li’l Proto –Arduino Keyboard by Flickr user collinmel

Title: Arduino and Physical Computing
Location: MadLab
Description: Fun with Arduinos!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2010-02-26
End Time: 16:00

Needless to say, we at the Madlab love the Arduino – and for this reason we’ve put together a 1-day workshop covering the basics – what you need to know, a hands-on introduction into what you can make it do, how to get the most out of the platform and some ideas for where you can take it next.

Cost is £65 which includes a starter kit from our friends at Oomlout containing all the bits you need to get going including the Arduino board itself. Attendees will need to bring a laptop, and if they like some lunch (although there are plenty of places nearby if not). Prior computer programming experience would be desirable but not essential and we will aim to accommodate everyone, regardless of their skill levels or confidence.
We really hope that you’ll come down and check this out – we’ve kept the costs as low as we can, to give more people the chance to get involved!

To book, click here for the Eventbrite booking page.

Image from collin mel

Arduino and Physical Computing Workshop

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Over the past couple of years, the Arduino has given artists, designers and programmers the ability to rethink the ways in which the physical and digital worlds coexist – going beyond keyboard and mouse into creating electronic objects and installations which can sense and respond to the physical world in new and interesting ways.
Needless to say, we at the Madlab love the Arduino – and for this reason we’ve put together a 1-day workshop covering the basics of getting started with the platform – what you need to know, a hands-on introduction into what you can make it do, how to get the most out of the platform and some ideas for where you can take it next.
The workshop will be on Friday the 26th of February, from 10am until 5pm. Cost is £65 which includes a starter kit (http://www.oomlout.co.uk/arduino-budget-pack-ardb-p-217.html) from our friends at Oomlout containing all the bits you need to get going including the Arduino board itself. Attendees will need to bring a laptop, and if they like some lunch (although we can recommend lunch at Common). Prior computer programming experience would be desirable but not essential and we will aim to accommodate everyone, regardless of their skill levels or confidence.
We really hope that you’ll come down and check this out – we’ve kept the costs as low as we can, to give more people the chance to get involved!
And finally, some of our favourite Arduino-based projects:
An interactive shop window display, for HBO in New York courtesy of Soso. Sensors detect the movement of passers-by and respond by launching snowflakes into the air.
(VID)
The Arduinome – a DIY (and much cheaper) version of the Yamaha Tenori-on electronic instrument as used by Lady Gaga and others.
(VID)
The “responsible robot bartender”, SoBear. Based on how boozy your breath is, the SoBear gives you what it considers to the be the appropriate blend of spirit and mixer!
<object width=”480″ height=”324″><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”movie” value=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4551381&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1″ /><embed src=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4551381&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”480″ height=”324″></embed></object><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/4551381″>SOBEaR v02 :: the responsible robot bartender</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user579902″>j saavedra</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
And, saving the best for last, the all-twittering Bubblino from friend of Madlab Adrian McEwen. Bubblino looks out for messages on twitter about him, and blows bubbles in response.
<object width=”480″ height=”362″><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”movie” value=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3775263&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1″ /><embed src=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3775263&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”480″ height=”362″></embed></object><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/3775263″>Bubblino at Bookcamp</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1027252″>Adrian McEwen</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

UPDATE: The booking page for the workshop is now up! Go to http://madlab-arduino.eventbrite.com to book your place.

Over the past couple of years, the Arduino has given artists, designers and programmers the ability to rethink the ways in which the physical and digital worlds coexist – going beyond keyboard and mouse into creating electronic objects and installations which can sense and respond to the physical world in new and interesting ways.

Needless to say, we at the Madlab love the Arduino – and for this reason we’ve put together a 1-day workshop covering the basics – what you need to know, a hands-on introduction into what you can make it do, how to get the most out of the platform and some ideas for where you can take it next.

The workshop will be on Friday the 26th of February, from 10am until 5pm. Cost is £65 which includes a starter kit from our friends at Oomlout containing all the bits you need to get going including the Arduino board itself. Attendees will need to bring a laptop, and if they like some lunch (although there are plenty of places nearby if not). Prior computer programming experience would be desirable but not essential and we will aim to accommodate everyone, regardless of their skill levels or confidence.

We really hope that you’ll come down and check this out – we’ve kept the costs as low as we can, to give more people the chance to get involved!

And finally, some of our favourite Arduino-based projects!

An interactive shop window display, for HBO in New York courtesy of Soso. Sensors detect the movement of passers-by and respond by launching snowflakes into the air.

The Arduinome – a DIY (and much cheaper) version of the Yamaha Tenori-on electronic instrument as used by Lady Gaga and others.

The “responsible robot bartender”, SoBear. Based on how boozy your breath is, the SoBear gives you what it considers to the be the appropriate blend of spirit and mixer!

And, saving the best for last, the all-twittering Bubblino from friend of Madlab Adrian McEwen. Bubblino looks out for messages on twitter about him, and blows bubbles in response.