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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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FirstV1sion // Intel “Make it Wearable” Finals

For the last month FirstV1sion team have had an intense training at Berkeley University with professors and Intel developers to present to the finals of Intel Make it Wearable competition, were 10 finalists out of 500 entrees, presented their wearable technology products.

Fab lab Barcelona is developing and prototyping the product in partnership with FirstV1sion. Product design, technological innovation and materials are developed by Anastasia Pistofidou, who is in charge of Fab lab Barcelona professional projects and Angeliki Terezaki, IAAC alumni and Fab Academy graduate, currently working at FirstV1sion as product developer.

firstv1sion team

Jose Ildefonso’s team has created a sports jersey with a technology-embedded camera and live transmission that puts the audience inside the professional athletes point of view. Biometric sensors, measure valuable data and display the pulse rate and the speed of the athlete.

Technology has come a long way at giving us a bird’s eye view of a soccer stadium, say, or a courtside view of a tennis court. Sports photography continues to improve and we watch with fascination: the football player accidentally ploughing into a sideline camera, saltwater splashing on the surf photographer’s lens, basketballs colliding with a tripod or the dirt kicked up from a racehorse’s hooves.

We are happy to watch this outside action, but what if we could experience it all from an athlete’s perspective? What if we could be Messi as he burns up the field, or Venus when she cranks her serve?


“Being in the athlete’s skin is way more exciting,” says Jose Ildefonso, founder and CEO of Team FirstV1sion, a top 10 finalist in the Intel Make it Wearable challenge. “You’re immersed in the sensations of vertigo, speed and emotion.”

This technology will transform the viewing experience to make watching a sporting event more like starring in your own video game. FirstV1sion puts you inside sports.

FirstV1sion team:

Jose Ildefonso CEO

Roger Antunez

Anastasia Pistofidou

Angeliki Terezaki

Marcos Hervás García


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IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona with Flone present Fly Valldaura, a workshop towards the design and fabrication of Open source Drones.


Engage in a workshop to build a Flone-Drone from a kit of parts. Learning to solder the components, assemble the frame as well as to program the circuit boards.

The group workshop is an intensive 4 days situated in the 140 hectares at Valldaura Labs. Participants will stay at Valldaura with the option of accommodation, food and drone kit included.

The 4 day workshop will also include drone – fu piloting practise as well as a number of lectures and mapping exercises. Participants will take home their own flone- drone and will receive the mapping data that we generate during the event. Both individuals and Groups welcome.

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Smart Citizen Platform at Mobile World Conference 2013 (interview)

Guillem Camprodon, from Fab Lab Barcelona, interviewed by MLOVE at Mobile Worls Conference 2013.

Watch video!

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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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Opening of The World Bank Symposium “Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future”

On sunday night, in the Palacio de Congresos of Fira Barcelona, took place the great opening of The World Bank Symposium “Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future” with the exhibition My Very Own City (MVOC) curated by IAAC (curator: Areti Markopoulou, collaborator: Maite Bravo).

My Very Own City (MVOC) exhibit is a collective display featuring some of the most forward initiatives carried out by 23 Universities worldwide, representing a wide range of perspectives into the concept of Rethinking Cities.
Featuring more than 50 projects, this exhibit aims to be a collaborative dialogue around five key concepts about cities: “citizen”, “infrastructure”, “mobility”, “in-formed urbs” and “productivity”.
Responsive cities, distributed infrastructural networks, participatory informal settlements, adaptable habitat units, smart mobility systems, fab labs, new building metabolisms, productive territories and sustainable infrastructures, are some of the key concepts of My Very Own City.
 From utopias to subtle interventions, these projects become a collective reflexion on future and present cities.
A catalogue of the exhibition is also available, more information you can find at

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