Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets


In cooperation with Cirkulacija 2, RogLab would like to invite you to attend the Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets, which will take place as a series of theoretical and practical events between December 2012 and the autumn of 2013. The public presentation of the programme (what it promises, the included approaches and themes) will take place on Thursday, December 13th, at 6 pm in RogLab. The first workshop in the series will take place on Saturday, December 15th. The number of participants at the workshop is limited!

Borut Savski, Naci-baci midi-scratcher

Borut Savski, Naci-baci midi-scratcher


The Arduino platform is currently one of the most interesting and widespread new paradigms that connects various fields of creativity and the production of interactive electronic gadgets. It primarily covers the needs of artists, designers and others who are interested in creating interactive objects and environments. Due to the broad range of specific versions – taking into account the various needs and the adaptable software and hardware base – this represents an ideal platform for prototypes as well as final products. The open-source code enables the advanced user to make specific adjustments that will fit their individual demands.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012, at 6 pm, RogLab
Introductory presentation of the series Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets

The series Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets will most likely comprise four theoretical and four practical workshops that are conceived so that they will provide support on the path from the idea to the final product. The regular and active participants will be fully included in this moderated process, while the passive or occasional participants will be able to gradually complete their product or follow the education process more or less independently. The Arduino platform is interesting especially because of its relative simplicity and the vastness of available online information. The series Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets is conceived in a way that enables new participants to join in at any time; the information as to what took place in the previous workshops will be posted online in the form of summaries that will include theoretical information as well as practical realisations from the workshops.

The theoretical part will present a condensed combination of key fields that will be addressed within the programme: hardware computer platform: microcontroller, basic electronics; software platform: the necessary software and programming; design: material treatment; product design.

Saturday, December 15th, 2012, at 4 pm, RogLab
Introduction to Arduino & Electronic Gadgets Workshop

The workshop will take place in a chaotic mixture of ex-cathedra and individual approach. It is practically conceived, with the goal of creating a desired electronic gadget. Participants who wish to create their own personalised electronic gadget can bring their own Arduino board or they can purchase one at the workshop (more on this below). Participants without an idea for an electronic gadget that would suit their needs, or participants who merely wish to get acquainted with the possibilities offered by the Arduino platform, will have four Arduino starter boards at their disposal for a hands-on learning experience. The workshop will provide the participants with the tools and guidelines for future independent work.

The workshop will last between three and four hours. The mentors are members of the interdisciplinary art initiative Cirkulacija 2 and are experienced creators and developers of technological tools for creative needs: Borut Savski (programming, electronics), Stefan Doepner (robotics, moving mechanics) and Saša Spačal (design, materials).

Main fields:
+ Physical interfaces, the Arduino platform: lately an extremely popular combination of microcontroller electronic circuit and accessible/understandably conceived open-source code platform that enables fast advancement in obtained knowledge, which is also due to the widespread online network;
+ Basics of programming using the Arduino platform: one of the advantages of the Arduino platform lies in its simplified manner of programming, which takes place in an improved language as compared to that used a few years ago. In their further studies, the user can take advantage of the numerous examples that are available as open-source code provided by the widespread network of online users;
+ Basics of electronics;
+ Design, materials that can be used in physical interfaces;
+ Moving mechanics, robotics.

The registration fee for participation in the Saturday workshop is 10 euros. This fee can be paid at the workshop itself.

The creation of your own electronic gadget at the Saturday workshop or over the entire programme will also include certain material costs: you will need to purchase an Arduino board and a PCB board for the suggested Cirkulino circuit. In order to kick-off the hands-on learning experience, four Arduino starter boards will be available at the workshop free of charge.

We will prepare boards that will most effectively combine all fields of the platform, which will help you learn on the basis of actual hardware and software examples. The necessary materials for the circuits (needed in order to create your own gadget) will be available to workshop participants at retail prices in Slovenia:
+ Arduino board ARDUINO UNO R3: 30 EUR (for workshop participants)
+ PCB board for the proposed Cirkulino/Circoolino board and other electronic materials: 30 EUR
+ Housing elements (not available at the moment): 30 EUR
+ Later accessories (LCD display, analogue circuits, etc): according to their retail prices

Application for the workshop:
The workshop is by application only. A maximum of eight people can take part in the workshop. Applications will be accepted until all places are filled. Please send your applications to the following address:

Preparation for the workshop:
Participants can bring along their own Arduino board and their own laptops on which they will install the necessary software. They can also perform this at home by following the instructions that will be available online.

Cirkulacija 2
Cirkulacija 2 was established in 2007 as an artist initiative that promotes cooperation principles and through this promotes the active exchange of knowledge and views. Taking into account its appearance forms, it is defined as expanded or compressed. In the case of the RogLab workshops, it operates in its compressed form with the following participants: Borut Savski (programming, electronics), Stefan Doepner (robotics, machines) and Saša Spačal (design, materials). Cirkulacija 2 is a RogLab programme partner.

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