Posts Tagged ‘Robots’

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing – February

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing

Title: Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing
Location: MadLab
Date: 01-02-2014
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30
Booking: Grab a spot here, or drop us an email at office@madlab.org.uk

Your robot army begins here. For functionality, for art, or just for making life more interesting, you’ll learn: to configure and program the Arduino, to prototype circuits, to interact with sensors and other common components, and to communicate with Processing software running on your computer. After completing the course, you’ll understand not just the limitless creative possibilities of the Arduino, but how to integrate them into larger projects. The course includes your first Arduino Uno, as well as all necessary cables and a stash of buttons, sensors and LEDS to get you hacking the real world (worth over £60).

Arduino: For functionality, for art… for making life more interesting.

Real World Examples

Here are some of our favourite projects using the Arduino:

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

'Beginners Arduino & Physical Computing' Omniversity course components

You will receive an Arduino Uno, breadboard, holder, USB cable and parts bundle. Each parts bundle contains jumper wires, two pushbuttons, two potentiometers, resistors, 10 LEDs, and a photoresistor.

Additionally, you will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes we write on a USB stick.

All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.

We will be using the Arduino IDE, which can be downloaded from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software for all platforms.

We will also be using the Processing IDE, 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. Make sure it’s got a USB port, which you’ll need in order to program the Arduino.

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the Arduino IDE
  • Install the Processing IDE

Make sure both applications start and run properly on your computer – on some Linux distributions, you need to install extra software.

Familiarise yourself with the introduction to the Processing IDE (the Arduino IDE is based on it) at http://processing.org/learning/gettingstarted/

Learning Outcomes

  • How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it.
  • How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
  • What different kinds of components exist and how to use photoresistor, potentiometers, and LEDs
  • How to communicate with an Arduino using USB and Processing
  • How to expand your Arduino and where to find devices and support

Your tutor: Asa Calow

Asa Calow is a freelance technologist and co-founder of MadLab. He has been working with (and teaching) Arduino since the very beginning, with commissions including a wearable lie detector, an Oyster Card operated tarot machine, and more interactive light sculptures than you can shake a stick at.

Booking

You can book a place on EventBrite

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced please contact office@madlab.org.uk

Robot Hackday 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Robot HACKDAY

Title: Robot Hackday 2012
Location: MadLab
Description: Bring your old electronic junk and toys down to Madlab. Take them apart and put them back together again as… robots!
Date: 27-10-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: Essential, places are limited 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again!
MadLab will be hosting our famous annual Robot Hackday during the Manchester Science Festival 2011.

Bring your old electronic junk and toys down to MadLab. Take them apart and put them back together again as… robots! Work on your own or team up with others – there will be prizes at the end of the day for the best entries.

Don’t worry if your robot building skills are not up to scratch, we have experts to guide you in this hands-on workshop.

Experts on hand to help out during the day include HACManAdrian McEwen and others so don’t be shy. Get thinking creatively and we hope to see you there!

Here are some photos from past Robot Hackdays in 20112010 & 2009 to get you inspired in the meantime.

HACMan

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

HACMan

Title: HACMan
Location: MadLab
Description: HAC:Manchester are a hackspace group based in Greater Manchester.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-01-04
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

HAC:Manchester is a Hackspace Group, a community-run arts, science and technology club.  We run weekly drop-in workshop sessions, providing electronics, mechanical and computing knowledge, and tools for personal and group projects.

Our aim is to provide a space where people can work on their projects, hang out socially to talk about making things, plot world domination* and work together to develop their collective skills.

You’ll find us every Wednesday evening, downstairs at the MadLab, Manchester’s Geek Mecca.

Interested in getting in touch?  The HAC:Manchester website is at http://hacman.org.uk/,  we have a Mailing list, and an IRC channel [webirc], or if you’re in Manchester, just drop in!

*may or may not be true.

HACMan

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

HACMan

Title: HACMan
Location: MadLab
Description: HAC:Manchester are a hackspace group based in Greater Manchester.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-01-11
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

HAC:Manchester is a Hackspace Group, a community-run arts, science and technology club.  We run weekly drop-in workshop sessions, providing electronics, mechanical and computing knowledge, and tools for personal and group projects.

Our aim is to provide a space where people can work on their projects, hang out socially to talk about making things, plot world domination* and work together to develop their collective skills.

You’ll find us every Wednesday evening, downstairs at the MadLab, Manchester’s Geek Mecca.

Interested in getting in touch?  The HAC:Manchester website is at http://hacman.org.uk/,  we have a Mailing list, and an IRC channel [webirc], or if you’re in Manchester, just drop in!

*may or may not be true.

HAC:Manchester

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
HACMan

HACMan

Title: HAC:Manchester
Location: MadLab (Downstairs)
Description: HAC:Manchester are a hackspace group based in Greater Manchester.
Date: Most Wednesdays
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

HAC:Manchester is a Hackspace Group, a community-run arts, science and technology club.  We run weekly drop-in workshop sessions, providing electronics, mechanical and computing knowledge, and tools for personal and group projects.

Our aim is to provide a space where people can work on their projects, hang out socially to talk about making things, plot world domination* and work together to develop their collective skills.

You’ll find us every Wednesday evening, downstairs at the MadLab, Manchester’s Geek Mecca.

Interested in getting in touch?  The HAC:Manchester website is at http://hacman.org.uk/,  we have a Mailing list, and an IRC channel [webirc], or if you’re in Manchester, just drop in!

*may or may not be true.