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.
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.
Here are the new tools on eLab Hackerspace 😀
- Power drill 500 W
- 5 Power extension cord
- Dexter saw
- 204 Piece mini-drill accessories toolset
- Toolset – 17 hand tools + 20 bits (Slotted, Philips, Torx, Hex)
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. Continue reading PIC Programmer – PicPgm
Another eLab’s workshop was organized last month, November 28th. On this workshop, participants were given the opportunity of learning to use the Arduino, a single board open source platform with a microcontroller, very famous for its flexibility and for being easy to use by artists and beginners.
eLab will organize a new workshop about “Electronic instrumentation for beginners based on Arduino” in November 28th at 5.30 pm.
We finally had a chance to acquire some tools and materials that were missing in eLab, so that everyone can have better conditions to develop projects, workshops and other events.
In our second week, after the opening of eLab, several small projects were initiated:
- Desk lamps were installed in each work station to allow better conditions for our activities.
- An acrylic eLab’s logo was made for LEDs to be added later, with the purpose of identifying our Lab from the exterior.
- The RFID card reader project for the entry control system was started this week. The circuit was designed and the components identified.
- A heating system was also initiated, as a project for acrylic bending, through recycled halogen light bulbs from old scanners.