Thursday and Friday, October 8–9 (10.00–13.00)
The project deals with the intermedia robotization of everyday devices, introducing in part a new functionality by means of Arduino sensors, motors and other components. The aim of the project is to create a pair of Arduino robots that will represent each in its own way a particular device, which could potentially be used in modern-day households as an artistic-technological device with a functional note.
In the first set of workshops the participants will be creating Art:Watch, a robotic handwriting that is produced on a “write-and-wipe” surface using a marker pen attached to a robotic arm controlled via an Arduino microcontroller, recording the current time in regulated intervals. Art:Watch combines the field of robotics with the tradition of “handwriting” in an intriguing and contemporary way.
The second set is an upgrade of Art:Watch, another Arduino-based robot, which, however, not only imitates human handwriting, but also enables the drawing of simple sketches (pictures). Placed on a flat surface, the Art:Uino robot, using either wheels and sensors and the user’s interaction, or controlled directly, transforms the selected sketch from the digital base onto paper. This gives us the chance to be creative and achieve a certain functionality of the printer in a somewhat different, more interesting way. The Art:Uino thus represents the “hand of the artist”, which is being used to create art and transfer it to a sheet of paper. Based on a calculation of lines and curves, the sketcher’s drawings are transmitted directly onto the paper via digital channels.
The participants will be able to try printing 3D with a 3D printer and print out parts for their own robots. An introduction to 3D printing and the related software will be presented, as well as a guide through the stages in the process from sketch to 3D model.
The Art:uino robots workshop is intended both for beginners and for those well familiar with the Arduino microcontroller and the fields of robotics and programming: the entire course will be adapted according to your wishes and level of skills. It is desirable to have the participants confirm their attendance in advance, and that they bring their own laptops.
The workshop will be led by Matjaž Lenhart (MA in computer science and information technologies).
The maximum number of participants is 5, so please apply as soon as you can.
Matjaž Lenhart, MA in computer science and information technologies, develops mobile applications, web pages, and management and systematization systems. Works as an assistant professor to Dušan Zidar, head of the Department of fine arts at the Faculty of education, University of Maribor, on student projects.