Tag: arduino

GOSH! – Grounding Open Source Hardware

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The Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH!) Workshop and Summit at The Banff Centre serves to bring together the many and disparate makers, producers, theorizers and promoters of physical objects that come to life under open and distributed models, and to facilitate the emerging dialogue on both artist-driven and socially conscious open source hardware.

The Workshop and Summit offer a unique opportunity to bring “down to earth” the normally virtual and on-line networks of open source hardware collaboration. Bringing together these cultural producers in one place for an extended period of collaboration, exchange and dialogue, GOSH! will place a critical focus on the possibilities for social transformation and the expansive cultural and artistic possibilities of open source hardware practice.

You can read more about the GOSH! events here, or else visit the Workshop and Summit schedules.

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Fritzing 0.3.0

A new release of Fritzing – ‘an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product’ –  just out!  Lots of nice new features:

* Resizable and custom-shaped boards (just import one as svg) – Note: You now get a rectangle PCB by default, swap for the Arduino Shield if you need it
* Gerber export (for sending your PCB to professional production)
* Multiple parts bins (and more: shareable bins, parts import, drag’n’drop reordering)
* Big performance boost (thanks to a new release of Qt)
* New part: Relay (and did you see the web-based parts generator )
* Italian translation (thanks Gianluca!)
* Rotate boards (as long as they are empty)
* Lots of other tweaks and fixes

http://fritzing.org/download/

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OpenLab 5 : Cafe OTO, 25th April 2009

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OpenLab 5 : Cafe OTO, 25th April 2009
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Openlab are providing a day of workshops & presentations about
opensource software, and performances in the evening at Cafe OTO,
Dalston. There is a venerable lineup of OpenLab members providing some
in depth knowledge during the day and some great performances at
night. The preliminary line up goes like this:

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Transmediale 2009: Deep North and Open Hardware

Transmediale 09 and Deep North

Piksel participated in this years Transmediale on the topic of Open Hardware.
One of many events bundled under this year’s theme: Deep North.

A theme grounded in the climate changes of our time, and the mystical aspects of a North. Several of the speakers during the opening of the festival were urging artists and the audience alike to get involved in fighting the climate changes of our time through our art and work.
The call is noble, yet it still seems a bit too easy. What kind of actions are we talking about? How can art and digital media fight global warming?

And after the opening the audience was lead to the exhibition space and presented to the exhibited works of this year’s Transmediale artists, and I can’t shake the feeling that I am looking countless pieces involving ice, ice cubes, sounds of ice, ice bergs, polar bears etc, and there is nothing new there. I am instantly transported back in time where when introduced as a Norwegian, was asked if there are polar bears in the streets of Norway.

Deep North is bordering on becoming a cliche. The north should be more than just a place assosiated with ice and global warming melting that same ice, and borders existing under the ice, and even though the speakers at the opening suggested a stronger mystical association with the choice of theme – I am left with a feeling of flatness, what mysteries are you talking about?

A silent visual comment was presented the following day  – the classical t-shirt protest – quote generously borrowed from the KLF.

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Piksel and Fair Trade Hardware

Piksel’s involvement in this years Transmediale was centered around a discussion panel on open hardware at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt.
The host, Aymeric Mansoux (GOTO10) , had put together a diverse group of tinkers and thinkers invited to contribute to the somewhat ambigous subject of Fair Trade Hardware:

Massimo Banzi (tinker.it, arduino)
Martin Howse (XXXXX)
Matthew Ratto (critical making)
Reto Wettach (fritzing)
Adam Somlai-Fischer (kitchen budapest)
Gisle Frøysland (piksel)

With 1,5 hour in total to cover introduction of subject, presentation of the work of the participants and discussion it is clear that many important topics are only mentioned briefly. And in this case the subject of the brand of Arduino as an important element in a business case, was a repeating theme throughout the session, which somehow made equally important aspects of Open Hardware fade into the background. Such as the lifecycle of hardware and how individual tinkering with obsolete hardware parts can offer new and innovative reuse, how general knowledge of hardware components and circuitry can make technology less ubiquous and more participative, and lastly, the very important question of how to make hardware open through licensing.

Underneath you find graphical recordring of the session which is left rather uncommented, in the hope you as reader can create your own image of the session taking place. Comments on how to improve this medium for use in this blog is highly welcomed.

FairTrade Hardware Salon Setup and Introduction

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Participant presentations:
Tinker.it, XXXXX, Critical Making, Fritzing, Kitchen Budapest and Piksel

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Salon discussion: Business models and licensing

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  • 🌩️ Stormy Thursday`s at Studio 207! 🌩️Join us today for yet an exciting edition of Stormy Thursdays! James will be giving a short demo of the game he's currently crafting; Wee boats, starring Beffen. With lots of cool open-source tools to highlight, it looks to be an interesting evening! 🎮✨
    📅 Date: Today 22.02-24🕔 Time: 17:00 - 20:00📍 Location: Studio 207, Strandgaten 207
    #StormyThursdays #PikselFest #GameDemo #OpenSourceMagic #Studio207

    22 February 2024 @ 3:43 pm

    PIKSEL Kidz Lab 2024 – Plants & Soft Sensors / LIVE CODING
    21st and 25th MayDiscovering Plant Magic: A Sensory Adventure with Soft Sensors for KidZ
    29th – 31st MayCreate your own show with live coding visuals. LIVE Coding!
    https://piksel.no/2024/02/15/piksel-kidz-lab-2024-plants-soft-sensors-live-coding

    15 February 2024 @ 10:30 am

    Stormy ThursdaysEach Thursday for the upcoming weeks, Piksel are hosting a series of workshops, creating a space for exploration, creativity and community. Anyone intrigued by the intersection of art and technology are welcome to join, interact, share and work on own projects and ideas.
    The workshops takes place each Thursday from 17:00 – 20:00 at Studio 207, Strandgaten 207.
    More info: https://piksel.no/2024/01/14/stormy-thursdays-open-workshopsWe also have a Discord meeting room: https://discord.gg/QyK9Apyq

    24 January 2024 @ 9:21 pm

    Buckle up, folks! Thanks to some seriously wild atmospheric vibes, we're rescheduling our meetup to next Thursday – officially dubbed the first-ever Stormy Thursday. This week's forecast is just too wild for Studio 207. So, grab your gear and brace yourself for an electrifying session where we'll dive headfirst into crafting an IoT device and whipping up some Webthings from scratch. Don't miss out – it's gonna be a tempest of tech brilliance! See you next Thursday! ⚡️🌪️

    18 January 2024 @ 2:15 pm

    Stormy Thursdays – Exploring the Convergence of Art and Free/Libre Technologies. Open workshops.
    We are delighted to invite you to “Stormy Thursdays,” a series of interactive workshops where we delve into the intersection of art and free/libre technologies, fostering a serene space for exploration and creativity.
    Event Details:
    Date: Every Thursday / January and February 2024Time: 17-20 hVenue: Studio 207, Strandgaten 207, Bergen
    https://piksel.no/2024/01/14/stormy-thursdays-open-workshops

    17 January 2024 @ 4:42 pm

    Welcome tonight for a double program at Studio 207! Piksel presents the exhibition "Once and Once Again" at 18:00h featuring emerging artists Miriam levi, Pouria Kazemi, and Rui Liu. Following that, at 20:00h, experience a live performance data-koncert by Goodiepal. Everything is set at Piksel.
    18:00 Opening Once and Once Again20:00 Data-koncert by Goodiepal
    #Goodiepal #RadicalComputerMusic #ScandinavianMusic #AestheticComputer #LiveMusicEvent #BergenNorway #Studio207

    16 December 2023 @ 4:15 pm

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