A(n) (not so) epic tale of electronic design


Sometimes I amaze myself. Even for good. The ability us engineering stundets have to image something and just do it is awesome.

Last year we found ourselves organising the Sphera event[1]. The presidents of all the student groups in the school had reunited to figure out the timetables and space for the venue in the freezers[2]. AETEL had three activities: a minisumo robot competition[3], a demo flight of our quadcopter and a workshop for arduino beginners.

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Medialab Prado: Citizen Collaboration and Development

The success and impact of Open Source projects has been often exaggerated and overrated. Even do some had been truly successful (Linux, 3D printing, Arduino); others have been long forgotten or remained only used by their own developers, not being able to infiltrate into the main market being concealed to a very reduced technological sector.

However during the last years this tendency has started to change and Open Source projects hold a new popularity that opens its presence into new sectors. Through different internet platforms the developers can share and collaborate in the creation and improvement of new devices and softwares.

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LightWand Kosmonaut V1. Lightpainting with Arduino taken a step further

¿What is Lightpainting?

The origin of the Lightpainting technique is linked to the origin of photography itself. The first photographic panels, whose chemicals were extremely little sensitive to light, needed several minutes to properly capture an image. These first photographs often resulted in blurry figures that little resembled the customers portrayed. On contrast, any lamp or intruder light that travelled a path while the shutter was open, got immortalized in the photograph with great sharpness.

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Configure STM32F3 for Tau Labs Flying F3

In this tutorial we’ll configure a stm32f3 development board to control its GPIO with the Tau Labs software stack.

Tau Labs is an Open Source project aimed to create high quality code for controlling multirotors and other UAVs. The developement is driven entirely by volunteers donating their time in pursuit of this goal. Please see their about page for a long description of our goals objectives.

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“The Apprentice Engineer”, II Engineering Fair

From the 21st to 27th of September, the II Fair of Engineering “The Apprentice Engineer” took place at the School of Agronomist Engineers, part of the Technical University of Madrid. Many students from different schools have passed through our tents and were amazed by the work we do in college and particularly in our association, AETEL. One of the most emotional and remarkable moments to me was on Saturday (last day of the fair), when parents and children came really interested in knowing about technical careers and their role in the development of society. While I was making a demonstration of the destructive power of our sumobots, a child began to wonder about how we make them. His eyes were full of enthusiasm for building these little robots which somehow they moved inexplicably by themselves. As long as I was telling him every single component: microprocessor, reflective sensors, ultrasound… the little boy could not stop pulling from his mother’s arm in order to write everything down on a piece of paper.

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Do you want to use your Nokia Screen with Tiva C Series?

Pantalla Nokia 5110

Do you have a Nokia 5110 Screen but you don’t know how to use it or you know it but you want to add some extra functionalities? In that case, you may be interested in using a library that will allow you to write in different positions as you would do when using Word from the Office suite and also to do it in both Spanish and English language, so there are no excuses to write without accents or the ‘ñ’ character.

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AETEL’s Gamer Meeting


Summer, with all those relaxing moments and lots of heat, has finally come. Some soda, a deck chair and internet connection is everything we need.

We think summer is too long and can get boring, why don’t you do something different? That’s why we invite you to our open meeting.

In this event we will play TeamFortress 2 by teams. For those who don’t know it, TF2 is a first person shooter, cooperative and exciting. It’s free to play in Steam, so you will only need to register to start playing. the event will take place in the Associations Hall down Block VII it ETSIST July, 31 in the afternoon. Continue reading “AETEL’s Gamer Meeting”