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Crade et Vivant // Workshop with Michel Gondry


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Smart Citizen Barcelona Relaunching

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IAAC|Fab Lab Barcelona is pleased to announce the Smart Citizen Open Thursdays cycle.

The cycle will start next Thursday, November 13th, marking the beginning of a series of regular meetings of the SmartCitizen community.

These meetings will take place at Hangar and will be open for both users and the general audience interested in the SmartCitizen movement.

Open Thursdays will offer workshops and lectures on the different technologies, sensors and software used, as well as discussion forums, working groups and troubleshooting.

Where: at Hangar, c/Emilia Coranty 16, 08018 Barcelona, Spain.

When: every thursday from 19.00 hours.

In this first opening session, the Project’s Founders will present the Smart Citizen project, as well as explaining the hardware and technology used for the project’s development.

Join us!

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Smart Citizen Project @ CentroCentro Cibeles

The “Smart Citizen” project will be presented at the Simposio Ciudad Intelligente | Ciudad Creativa | Smart City on the 11th of June at 17.15 at the CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles.

Smart Citizen is a sensor board based in Arduino that could be used as a environmental conditions detector in each citizen’s balcony, using their WiFi connection and solar powered. An Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Platform consisting of arduino-compatible hardware, data visualization web API, and mobile app.

Smart Citizen is a start-up project developed by IAAC, FAB LAB Barcelona, MID Media Interactive Design, Acrobatic Industries, HANGAR.ORG.

Support Smart Citizen project in Kickstarter!!

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Smart Citizen platform at World Mobile Congress 2013

During this week, Smart Citizen platform will be displayed at the World Mobile Congress 2013.

At the entrance of the Mobile Barcelona Festival booth (3C28 in hall 3) organized by mLoveIaaC and Fab Lab Bcn, together with MID and, features the Smart Citizen platform.

Smart Citizen is a device to generate participatory processes of people in the cities. More info here.

Come visit us!

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TEI 2013 Demos Showcase at IaaC

Last Tuesday IaaC and Fab Lab Bcn hosted the presentation of Demos developed during the Seventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction – TEI 2013. This event was the opportunity to showcase 45 demos from a diverse group of researchers, designers and students from Eindhoven University of Technology, Keio-NUS CUTE Center, Bauhaus-University Weimar, MIT Media Lab, University of Munich, Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of Madeira and University Hangzhou among others. The demos were made based on the Papers and Works in progress developed during the Studios and Design Challenge, and focused on experimenting with conductive paints and fabrics, different types of sensors, small robots, applications for future smart cities, applications for special interactive tables, tablets and smartphones, etc.

Fab Lab Barcelona presented the Studio 13: From Microcontrollers to Cities, centering the attention in Smart Cities.

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Machinic Conversations I: Hacking an industrial 6axis robot

The first design assignment for the students of the Master in Advanced Architecture 2013 was to develop and test communication protocols to control and manipulate the behavior of a large industrial robot. Since 6-axis machines such as the one in the IAAC Fab Lab are directly inherited from the mass production of cars and other industrial products, the first focus of our design research has been devoted to developing alternative protocols of robotic fabrication that would afford a more direct interaction between machine and designer, as well as machine and the surrounding environment; these protocols will lead to the engineering of mass customized productions.

3D robotic light painting:

Our first experimental set up was the following:

-The robot was controlled by each student via Grasshopper, through the use of the KUKA | Krc plug-in (from association for robots in architecture) for Grasshopper and Rhino. Each group did draw a series of parametric lines that would become the tool paths for the robot.

-A video simulation with the virtual robot in Grasshopper was performed by each student to understand the behaviour of the machine along the path and amend eventual errors; the video  would allow also the testing of multiple path parameters and robot behavioural options.

-The tool mounted on the robot contained 1 fixed LED light and 2 or 4 blinking ones; the blinking was also controlled via Grasshopper and related to the robotic arm path.

-A camera was positioned in front of the robot and its exposure tuned to the particular lighting conditions and the length in time of the tool path. Such configuration allowed capturing the ephemeral lighting traces left by the robotic arm movements. The robotic behaviour is therefore translated into a 3D robotic light painting.

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Fab Academy 2013 has started!

The Fab Academy 2013 started this Wednesday, 9am Boston, 3pm Barcelona, 11pm Tokyo. More than 120 students from 24 different Fab Labs in the world are participating in one of the most complete courses in the principles, applications and implications of digital fabrication. The Fab Academy is structured in different units dedicated to different processes of digital fabrication, from the design of a circuit board, the fabrication of large structures, to code applications for your computer. The course is structured through a final project that every student needs to develop and present at the end of the semester.

To check the participating Fab Labs:

To check student’s personal websites:

To access to the video archive of the class:

To access to the Fab Academy 2013 content:

Fab Academy Barcelona first Class from Fab Lab Barcelona on Vimeo.

If you have any enquiries about the Fab Academy, please send us an email to:

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