All posts by Hugo Santos

IT and Electronics Engineer | Maker

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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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. Continue reading PIC Programmer – PicPgm

Workshop summary: Electronic instrumentation for beginners based on Arduino

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.

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Week 2 – 23rd January 2012

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.

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