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Hacking a Pinball Machine

A few months ago some friends (digital artists) came to me asking to hack a Pinball Machine, they wanted to put the machine talking... First I had to fix it, as the machine came completely dead :( I have hacked it for about 2 weeks, trying to reverse engineering on the audio generator module but without any good results, so I decided to make a [...]

Minivegas + Artica + Champions League

Back in 2012, dutch production company MINIVEGAS asked Artica to create an arduino-based interactive hardware for an Adidas Campaign within the UEFA Champions League Final, to be held in Munich. Luc Schurgers was responsible for the art direction and Heimat/ Berlin was the creative agency behind the project. To cut a long story short, the fans of the two [...]

Nuclear Taco Sensor Helmet Gameshow @ Codebits 2011

by Mauricio Martins, Tiago Rorke, Filipe Cruz, Tiago Farto and Ferdinand Meier Nuclear Taco Sensor Helmet Gameshow is the name of our project entry for the 48h hack project of Sapo Codebits 2011. The aim of the competition was to develop a project during 48 hours and present it in 90 seconds to a live audience. Out of over 80 proposed projects, 65 [...]

Workshop @ Cidade PreOcupada

Last weekend I went to Montemor-o-Novo to participate in the festival Cidade PreOcupada. You can get a glimpse of what happened there with the photos and a wee video. Thanks to Tiago Fróis for inviting me to this great [...]

Solar Monsters

O Solar Monsters é um kit desenvolvido pela Leds&Chips para os mais novos, uma divertida introdução ao maravilhoso mundo da electrónica e da energia solar. Tem como base o circuito solar SunEater, inventado pelo canadiano Mark Tilden, o pai dos famosos Beam Bots. É um circuito muito simples, concebido para converter a energia da [...]

Wigglebot Bug

Wigglebot Bug é um pequeno robô insecto. Wigglebots são a génese dos robots analógicos e utilizam os conceitos básicos da mecânica para se movimentar. Ficam ainda mais divertidos quando se juntam vários para um passeio. Ele começa a piscar os olhos brilhantes e a mover-se em várias direcções até ficar cansado das pernas. Basta desliga-lo e [...]

Hacking MUJI Christmas Tree

This project was developed for the AZ Lab Meeting that took place on the weekend of 18-19 December. I come up with the idea while shopping on the opening of the first Lisbon’s MUJI store. Surrounded by so many stuff to buy, I stumbled upon this Christmas tree and figured out I could give it a new look with a few LEDs flashing on those tiny holes with [...]

Workshop SOLAR MONSTERS @ Pavilhão do Conhecimento

The choreographer Rui Horta was invited to head Pavilhão do Conhecimento for a single day, aptly named “Hoje Quem Manda Sou Eu”/ "Today I'm In Charge". So, November 27th was dedicated to dance, music and science - a day full of digital art, interactive installations, robotics, and creative electronics. The programme featured installations by [...]

Blind Pong

Text by Filipe Cruz. As I previously mentioned on my party report, we arrived at Sapo Codebits with plenty of ideas to abuse for the 48h hacking competition. One of them was this brainchild from Mauricio of AltLab. He had built this TV Pong kit a while ago. A completely electronic hardware version of pong which you can just plug into your TV and play. [...]


Last month I attended the Interactvos?10 at Medialab Prado. It was an unforgettable experience where I learned a lot and made great contacts and friends. In many projects developed during the 18 day workshop I worked in three: Open Solar Circuits by DreamAddictive (Carmen González & Leslie García) (Mexico) Control Mental by Maurizio Dikdan [...]

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