IBM EX.I.T.E. Camp 16 Faro

This year, the IBM EX.I.T.E Camp initiative took place in Faro, at the University of Algarve through Instituto Superior de Engenharia. From July 4th to July 8th 2016, 33 young girls from schools all over the city, were welcomed to the Campus, where they learned about technologies and engineering. And we also played a small role, by opening up the hackerspace doors and presenting some of our projects to them, explaining a bit about what hackerspaces are, the open source movements and of course, other stuff like 3D printing and CNC machining, among other things.

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Self Balancing Robot

The digital gyroscope is a very interesting component due its usage in modern systems such as smartphones or aircraft industries.

To participate on Lisbon Maker Faire 2014 we developed the Self Balancing Robot [SBR], which uses this amazing component, and helps to understand the principles behind the Segway vehicles.

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PIC programmer

PIC Programmer – PicPgm

While we’re still working on the next workshops, here’s a very simple and useful mini project, a low cost 40 pins PIC programmer using the serial port.

Micro-controllers play a very important role in electronics, as they are able to perform tasks in automation, control, image processing, among others. Their usage is immense. There are various families of micro-controllers, one of those is the Microchip’s PIC (Peripheral Interface Controller). PICs are very popular as they are relatively cheap and because of their characteristics, for example their low power consumption, internal oscillator and free development tools. (more…)