Want to learn the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros?

Where and when:
Class 891 on Monday 17.3. and  Thursday 20.3.at 13-17.
Exercise sessions are held at the FabLab in Aalto Media Factory on Friday 21.3. and Monday 24.3. at 13-16.

To whom: Aalto faculty and students

This course will teach the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros.
During the afternoons we will go through exercises in which we will learn the basic workflow of Rhino from creating exact 2D curves, editing them and creating 3D surfaces and editing them. Both intense afternoons will continue with exercise sessions in the FabLab, where you can test your skills in practice.

Some of the basic commands learned: Line, Arcs, Circles, Ellipses, Fillet Curves, Extrude Curve, Rotate, Boolean, Fillet Edges, Sweeps and so on.

For the exercise sessions in the FabLab take with you your own laptop that has the Rhinoceros 4 or 5 software installed. You can download an evaluation version of Rhino 5 from the homepage of Rhino3D. The course material applies equally well to version 4 as to version 5 of Rhino.

The course will be held by Peter Kaario, an industrial designer at Innokas Medical Oy. Peter is experienced teacher in Creo2, Rhino and Pro Engineer programs.

Register to the course here. There are places for 15 people in the course. You will get a confirmation email about your place in the course from Leena Närekangas latest on March 10th.

For more information:

Peter Kaario
Tel. 040 740 6804
pkaa@plasticity.fi

 
Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 342 7114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi http://mediafactory.aalto.fi

THE COURSE IS FULL! Want to learn the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros?

What: Basic course in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros
Where and when: at the Arabia campus, class 891 on Friday 15.11. and Monday 18.11. at 13-17.
To whom: Aalto faculty and students

This course will teach the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros. During the afternoons we will go through exercises in which we will learn the basic workflow of Rhino from creating exact 2D curves, editing them and creating 3D surfaces and editing them.
Some of the basic commands learned: Line, Arcs, Circles, Ellipses, Fillet Curves, Extrude Curve, Rotate, Boolean, Fillet Edges, Sweeps and so on.

You don’t need to bring your own laptop to the course, but if choose to do so, please make sure that it has the Rhinoceros 4 or 5 software installed in it. You can download an evaluation version of Rhino 5 from the homepage of Rhino3D. The course material applies equally well to version 4 as to version 5 of Rhino.

The course will be held by Peter Kaario, an industrial designer at Innokas Medical Oy. Peter is experienced teacher in Creo2, Rhino and Pro Engineer programs.

Register to the course in HERE. There are 15 places for people. You will get a confirmation email about your registration from Leena Närekangas latest on Nov 8th.

For more information:
Peter Kaario
Lecturer
Tel. 040 740 6804
pkaa@plasticity.fi

Leena Närekangas
Producer
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 342 7114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Lecture series Internet of Things 2 introduces international experts

Internet of Things 2 aims to explore how we design products and services for “internet of things”.

The second series of lectures on the topic of Internet of Things aim to explore further how we design products and services for an evermore connected reality. This time we have invited designers, experts and researchers that are either creating new innovative products or investigating interesting phenomena around the topic.

The series starts by Martin Spindler on Oct 21st at Aalto Media Auditorium.

For more information and signing up, please visit the Internet of Things pages.

Eläköön arkistosi! -selvitys on julkaistu / Eläköön arkistosi! -report is now published (in Finnish)

Osana Eläköön arkistosi! -hanketta Aalto Media Factory julkaisee 56 sivuisen selvityksen, joka päivittää tietosi digitaalisen pitkäaikaissäilytyksen toimivista käytännöistä sekä avaa tulevaisuuden visioita digitaalisen av-materiaalin säilytykseen ja uusiokäyttöön.

“Eläköön arkistosi!” -selvitys

Hanke on toteutettu yhteistyössä AVEKin, Dokumenttikilta ry:n, Mikkelin ammattikorkeakoulun ja Satu ry:n kanssa.

Hanketta tukee opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö.

Energy Hackathon 2013 – the results

8 great concepts/prototypes were created last week at Energy Hackathon 2013!

The focus of the hackathon was on domestic electricity consumption data. One reason why this data is particularly interesting is that Finland is one of the first countries in Europe where smart meters have been installed in nearly all households. The legal framework that gives people the access to their own data will be valid from the beginning of 2014.

The hackathon had approximately 60 participants and 3 special guests from abroad: Denise Recheis (Thesaurus and Knowledge manager at Reeep), Chris Davis (Postdoc in TU Delft) and Julia Kloiber (Project Lead at Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland).

Helsingin Energia and Elenia provided several data sets and the developers of the Open Energy Data API gave access to their test data.


Image: SmartRegions European Landscape Study 2012

THE RESULTS

After a full day of hacking, 8 concepts/prototypes were presented. The jury evaluated the proposals based on four criteria (concept, implementation, use of data, presentation) and nominated the following three proposals:

Smart saver – Electricity contract for the bold penny-pincher (winner)


Team: Janne Eskelinen, Jouni Juntunen, Janne Käpylehto, Heikki Raunio

Smart saver is a real-time billing optimizer for consumers that are interested to lower their electricity bill. The concept is based on the current market anomaly where consumers typically choose fixed electricity price contracts instead of market based Nordpool spot pricing.

The concept was backed up by hourly consumption data from year 2012 provided by Helsingin Energia. The data set of 37 electricity meters in Paloheinä were used to calculate differences between fixed and Nordpool spot. The team presented example resuls of two different type of properties: industrial building and private detouched family house with direct electrical heating. In annual level the market pricing benefited 5351 € and 736 € respectively in electricty consumption alone (without distribution or tax which will further increase the difference).

Furthermore load shifting scenario were 20% of consumption was shifted to less expensive hour was tested. This provided additional 6% cost saving in residential example house with 28 MWh annual consumption.

The team concluded with two potential service concepts: load-control features (for water heating and water heating circulation system) and SMS service informing about high-cost hours.

» Presentation slides


Race to Reduce (2nd place)

race-to-reduce

Idea:

  • Facebook Application
  • Visualize energy savings via travel distance
  • Compete with friends to see who can save more domestic energy

The Game:

  • Choose a start and end point for your journey
  • Invite your friends to race
  • Answer a few questions used to normalize consumption data

Data Manipulation:

  • Used Helsingin Energia data (50 unit apartment building)
  • Calculated monthly consumption
  • Used January as the baseline month
  • Calculated % change from January
  • Highest reduction = most points
  • Most points = furthers distance travelled

» Presentation slides


CrowdREsourcing (3rd place)

crowdresourcing

Team: Jyri Salpakari, Juuso Lindgren, Jukka Kajan

CrowdREsourcing gathers consumers that are interested in investing to renewable energy together. Interest and the owned assets are declared on an online-service. The service forms clusters of potential investors according to their matching resources after which an initial proposal for a possible project are presented to the cluster. Possible datasets that could be integrated are Tuuliatlas and electricity network infrastructure.

>> Presentation slides


Other presented concepts/prototypes were:

Sähkönsäästökisa

sahkonsaastokisa
Team: Jarmo Lundgren, Esa Mäkinen, Charlotta Haglund, Saara-Maria Kauppi, Pekka Pietilä, Lauri Anttila, Vesa Lindqvist

Web solution which connects to avointuntimittaus.fi and gathers electricity usage information for the user (online bank identification to give access). You can compare your consumption to previous week and try to save energy (there’s a leader board). The prototype uses the test interface of avointuntimittaus.fi.

>> Online prototype


Solaratlas

solar-atlas
A proposal to create a real-time map of available solar energy in Finland.


E-Piggy

piggy

Team: Sami Niemelä, Julia Kloiber & co

An ‘energy saving piggy bank’ for children.

  • A little bit like a tamagotchi that you feed with energy
  • Get batches, share score, get money ‘back’ from your parents
  • Get a sense of energy usage
  • Watch less tv 😉

» Presentation slides


Energy Radar

energy-radar

A Clock drawing information of ones hourly energy usage. Comparing the on time hourly energy consumption to one’s own longterm average energy consumption, so called ‘normipäivää’, normal day.

Points:

  • Winning yourself
  • Understanding your anomalies (peak behavior, anomal weeks, device use)
  • Learning to save, making behavioral changes (figuring out your own patterns)

» Presentation slides


Ambi-social

Team: Reko Mäenpää, Ranjit Menon

Ambisocial is an attempt to add the often missing component to any data, leave alone energy. This is the experiential domain. Building energy artefacts, and not just Apps, allow stories to flow, serendipity to happen and creates awareness and curiosity among the new generation of energy enthusiasts, the kids. And when kids ask questions, the parents should know the ‘reliable’ honest answers. This was an attempt to prototype a simple audio-visual experience that brings an emotional aspect to multiple energy sources, in public spaces. By turning discrete events into organic flows one can begin to gather new ideas.

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION

Presentations by our international guests & the final presentations of all the teams can be found here:

NEXT STEPS

Two proposals (Smart saver + CrowdREsourcing) were invited to the Peloton Summer Camp kick-off event (Friday 24 May). We are also discussing about featuring energy as one of the topics of the upcoming Apps4Finland competition.

If you are interested in open energy information, please join the soon-to-be-established Open Sustainability working group of OKF Finland.

THANK YOU!

Thank you very much to all the participants of Energy Hackathon 2013 for an intense & fruitful event!

Want to learn the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros?

What:
Basic course in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros

Where and when:
Class 891 on Thursday 23.5. and Monday 27.5. at 13-17.
Exercise sessions are held in the FabLab in Aalto Media Factory on Friday 24.5. at 12-15 and Tuesday 28.5. at 9-11:30

To whom: Aalto faculty and students

This course will teach the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros.
During the afternoons we will go through exercises in which we will learn the basic workflow of Rhino from creating exact 2D curves, editing them and creating 3D surfaces and editing them. Both intense afternoons will continue with exercise sessions in the FabLab, where you can test your skills in practice.

Some of the basic commands learned: Line, Arcs, Circles, Ellipses, Fillet Curves, Extrude Curve, Rotate, Boolean, Fillet Edges, Sweeps and so on.

For the exercise sessions in the FabLab take with you your own laptop that has the Rhinoceros 4 or 5 software installed. You can download an evaluation version of Rhino 5 from the homepage of Rhino3D. The course material applies equally well to version 4 as to version 5 of Rhino.

The course will be held by Peter Kaario, an industrial designer at Innokas Medical Oy. Peter is experienced teacher in Creo2, Rhino and Pro Engineer programs.

Register to the course in here. There are 15 places for people. You will get a confirmation email about your registration from Leena Närekangas latest on May 20th.

For more information:

Peter Kaario
Tel. 040 740 6804
pkaa@plasticity.fi

Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 342 7114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

The next Researchers’ Breakfast is served on April 23rd

At the last breakfast in spring term we have invited two researchers to present their work. Hafdis Sunna Hermannsdóttir, a visiting researcher from Aalborg University Denmark, will talk about her study on DESIGNING FOR FOOD-RELATED CHANGE IN KINDERGARTENS. The second speaker of the day, Kai Kuokkaniemi from Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT will tell us HOW TO PRODUCE PARTICIPATORY EXPERIENCES WITH BIG SCREENS.

The montly Breakfast will take place in the cosy auditorium of Aalto Media Factory at the Arabia campus. The programme starts at 9:00 and breakfast is served (bread, coffee and tea) between 8:30-10:30. You are warmly welcome!

Please SIGN UP latest on April 19th.

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Research Institute , Research support services and International Relations .

PROGRAMME:

At 9:00-9:30
Hafdis Sunna Hermannsdóttir
DESIGNING for FOOD-RELATED CHANGE IN KINDERGARTENS

Designing for changing food-related behavior involves complex issues, as food and eating do not only involve nutritional aspects (Daniel, 2006), but are interconnected to various physical, social, emotional and cultural factors (Rasmussen & Smidt, 2001; Meiselman, 2008 and Gustafsson, 2004), as entailed in the term Foodscapes, that seeks to cover the broadness of food and eating as being embedded in complex physical, social and cultural aspects, where people, spaces and food interact (Mikkelsen, 2011). When dealing with food and eating in the western world, much effort has been invested in emphasizing rationalization of nutrition and diet on the cost of cultural, gastronomic and culinary heritage of the past (Haden, 2006). The industrialization of food with its standardization has reduced the playful engagement the individual can have with food, and mass production has increased the distance between the consumer and the consumed, where the origins, ingredients, and production processes of most items are unknown to the consumer (Finkelstein, 2003). This view on food and eating can also be seen in the way the spatial environment is designed, with emphasize on supporting the mere food consumption and an effective “manufacturing-line-process” of bringing the food to and from the table in an efficient way (Jacobsen, 2008 and Tvedebrink, Fisker, Kirkegaard, 2012). As a response to this, the talk explores how design can contribute to the broad Foodscapes perspective through focusing on bringing back amusement and engagement from culinary history. This is approached through using service- and co-design tools in open-ended collaboration. The context is Danish kindergartens.

At 9:40-10:10
Kai Kuikkaniemi
PRODUCING PARTICIPATORY BIG SCREEN EXPERIENCES

Big interactive screens are becoming more popular. Big screens are cheaper and better. New interaction means are developed constantly and the quality of the technology is improving significantly while designs are getting better and users are getting more comfortable with new ways of interacting. Big public interactive screen can be a window between physical and digital – significant or critical component in bringing the scenarios of pervasive computing and internet of things in reality. But even further, the large interactive screens can become nodes between physical, digital and social, and enable new kinds of co-experiences and social practices in smart spaces. In his talk Kuikkaniemi will share some insights on what he has learned during the development of Kupla – a collaborative and playful large multitouch interface system – and Screen.io – a live participation platform for events, classes and collaboration. The talk will also present a preview on a production model for participatory big screen projects Kuikkaniemi has been developing for his thesis at the Aalto Arts.

 

For more information:
Leena Närekangas
Coordinator
Email: leena.narekangas@aalto.fi
Tel: 050 342 7114

The Researchers’ Breakfast on Dec 12th

Aalto Media Factory launched last month an initiative to help the Aalto researchers (both tenure and visitors) to network inside the university by offering a chance to meet old colleagues and get to know new ones at monthly breakfast.

The next breakfast meeting will take place on December 12th, 2012 in the cosy Media Factory auditorium.

 Every breakfast meeting will present one or two visiting researchers and their works. In December we will invite two academics to the stage; Dr. Munjur Moula from the Department of Energy Technology will start his presentation at 9:00 and doctoral student Seungho Lee from the Department of Design will continue at 9:45. You can drop by any time between 8:30-10:30 and stay as long or short as you like.

The first speaker of the day:
MUNJUR MOULA
starts at 9:00

Doctor of Social Sciences Munjur Moula finished his doctoral work in 2012 from Helsinki University on detailed context based service delivery system for the street children in general. At this moment, he is actively working at Aalto University as a project researcher in connection to energy issues in communities. Combining extensive practical fieldwork (7 years) experience and academic knowledge, Dr. Moula developed a service delivery system for the children’s practitioners in general. He has strong expertise on participatory action research, situation assessment, field research, problem-solving management methodology, practice-based research in social work and social policy, and project planning and implementation. His current research interests are: socio-economic and livelihood analysis, institutionalization interaction systems and community-led development approach.

The second speaker of the day:
SEUNGHO LEE 
starts at 9:00

Seungho Lee is a newly accepted doctoral student in department of design. In his recently finished master thesis work, Beef Finland 2012, he attempted to experiment the use of “design brief” as a metaphor for defining the problems of beef production and consumption within the Finnish context. He is continuing with his endeavour to understand further “design as problem defining discipline”.

Lee has worked, before and during his studies, for a number of design consultancies in Seoul and Helsinki, and his former employers include Huno Consulting in Seoul and the strategic design unit of Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

You are warmly welcome to join us!

Please SIGN UP Dec 10th at the latest.

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Research InstituteResearch support services and International Relations.

Crash course to video editing 18th Dec 2012

What: one day crash course to video editing on Adobe Premiere
Where: Aalto Media Factory auditorium
When: TUE 18th December 9:00-15:00

Do you need to make videos related to your work or studies? Have Abode Premiere on your computer but haven’t had the time to learn to use it?

The “crash course to video editing” gets you familiar with the very basics of video editing with Adobe Premiere program in just one day. Take with you your own laptop which has the Adobe Premiere software installed or borrow a laptop from us. During the course we learn by doing so bring your own video material with you as well! The course will be held in English if needed.

The workshop will be held by Anna from Media Factory AV services who also has a BA in film editing.

The registration has been closed because the course is fully booked.