As a matter of fact, the Art-a-Tronic exhibition, subject of this long PiCasso challenge has closed its second edition at the Kolder Art Space in Gent. During these last four months – the adventure started on April 5th – I tried to join art and robotics. with the help of the friend and artist Lorenzo Merlo, sending a message of art for freedom together with the inspiring fictionary world of Star Trek. But Art-a-Tronic is an idea that is growing that got the attention of some very int ...
The Final Chapter
The Art Concept
Seven of Nine Will Be Always Reachable
Art-a-Tronic is Still Alive
Lazy Susan Bearing Spheres Replacement
On Stage Again
Preview One Hour Before
The Final Chapter This is the end chapter of the PiCasso Design Challenge Art-a-Tronic saga. Detailed steps of the project development have already been documented in the previous posts I published during the past two months; The video below sh ...
Revisiting the Technology and Upgrading hardware
Making the Sound Loud
Few Words on the Software
Cloud Integration and Borg Assimilation
Setting the Arduino MKR1000
Working Locally: Sending to Seven Of Nine
Introduction I suppose you noted that the opening image of this episode has changed. For a strange coincidence, the Art-a-Tronic exhibition started past April 5th end ...
A Game Theory Approach
Hardware Notes and Odd Facts
Exhibition environment and Scenery
Making the Cages
Accessories, Sensors, and Consumables
Tools and Instruments
Introduction Until now we have focused the attention on every single aspect of the developments and hardware implementations of the challenge project, as well as leaving some parts not yet fully documented. In this and next e ...
Credits (in behalf of Seven Of Nine)
The Failed Solutions and Why
Seven Of Nine Managed Tasks
When the Right Choice is Far From Working
Libraries & Bugs
Twitter Direct Messages from Seven Of Nine: Evolution
A Bug That is Not a Bug
How-To Patching a Python Package
Step 1 - Remove the Package
Step 2 - Cloning and Building From Sources
Something Worked But Something Don't
Problem solved? Not yet. But Almost!
The M ...
Hacking the Borg Communication Terminal
Construction of the Terminal
The PI Inside
Setup of the Raspberry PI
The Speech-to-text Google Service
Text-to-Speech With Google Translate
Introduction The entire meaning of this thirteen episode is contained in the Klingon sentence Heghlu'meH QaQ DaHjaj. (Today is good in order to die), and you'll see soon why (look at the video below). What happens to Sev ...
A Window to the Outer World
Making the Magic Mirror
The Base Design
Sensing the Visitors
Dressing the Sensor in Style
Finishing the Assembly
The Ultrasonic Sensor: Circuit and Software
Driving the Ultrasonic Sensor
Magic Mirror vs. SevenOfNine
The distance_sensor.py Python Script
Creating a Linux Service
Connecting more PI on the Same Network
Setting Up SevenOfNine as the Receiver
The Hardware Choice
A Voice for Seven Of Nine
The Phrases Creation Engine
Connecting Seven Of Nine to the Community
Register a Twitter Account as Developer
Creating the Twitter Libraries
The Sending Twitter Python Command
Introduction The development of this episode mostly focused on the speaking features of SevenOfNine (It's time to call her with her full name) gave the interesting opportunity t ...
The MDK in Practice
An Example of MDK use: Streaming the Pi Camera
The Eye Light: I Have the Problem but Also the Solution
Arming 7 of 9
Installing the Updates
Introduction In this episode, we will see how in practice I have set up the 7of9 MDK (the Mannequin Development Kit) and how I have used it to create the first beta upgrade of the project. It involved hardware ...
7 of 9 Beta
The Mannequin Development Kit (MDK)
Step 1 - Raspbian
Step 2 - VNC Server and Remote Access to the PI
Step 3 - PiFace Digital 2
Step 4 - Programming Arduino
Step 5 - Preparing to Move
7 of 9 Beta Features
The Emotion Lighting Control
Introduction Starting by the evening of the 5th of April, 7 of 9 has been moved to the exhibition location. This has changed the roles for a ...
Fitting the Brain in Place
Designing the Rail Support
Assembling the Brain
What is the White Band Glued to the Neck?
The New Eye Implant
Introduction The last assembly effort was finding a way to fit the Raspberry and the PI camera together with the "ears" inside the reduced space of the head. Then, I can finally close and dress 7 of 9. In this episode, I will show how I have completed this last task before moving to ...
Populating the Body Bottom
The Fire Light Lamp
The Third Power supply and High Voltage Wiring
Finishing the Back Spine Implant (External Wiring)
Introduction Everything is easy when the test boards are wired on the bench but I should admit that finding the way to fit everything inside the body of the mannequin – the bottom torso area – was a challenging task, as well as assembling the internal of the head. ...
Creating the Eye Implant
The Incompatibility Between the NeoPixel Library and the Stepper Library
Introduction As the project evolves, issues arise. It is worth to point the attention on the most impacting ones I met; I hope that documenting those I found and how I solved them may be useful for other users. In this new episode, we will see how I had to change the left eye implant for both technical and aesthetic reasons. ...
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Raspberry Pi 3B+ Role
Auduino Motor Control
Bonus: The Emotions Light Inside
Introduction In this fifth episode of the Art-a-Tronic Picasso challenge, I have finished the torso motion with Auduino. At this point, before going in depth in the details, it is important to see the global design of this antenna. I apologize to not reveal t ...
Moving the Torso: Parts Design
The Rotating Support
Assembling the Rotating Support
The Base and the Body
The Rotating Support
Introduction In this fourth episode, we see the completion of the torso movement of the Art-a-Tronic mannequin. The solution adopted seems working fine with good mechanic stability. The only problem was finding a way to get fast a considerable number of steel spheres ...