Team announcements

  • In a nutshell  The first version: Biomodd [ATH1](Built in Athens, Ohio, USA in 2007-2008) Computers and plants are put inside transparent caseComputers are overclocked to speed up performance (but they ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2009, 12:03 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Design drafted! OVERALL DESIGN (Click on the image on the right to see a larger version.) Last week we came up with a first design of the whole Biomodd installation: the central ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2010, 11:36 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • The Lab will be closed on Tuesday, April 21 Angelo needs to renew his visa in Manila that day. It will be open on Wednesday instead. 
    Posted Apr 19, 2009, 8:27 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Reserve/cancel guest house From Tuesdays to Sundays, Oblation Hall at UP Open University will be available for us to work on the installation and the UPOU guest house available for us to stay ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2009, 7:07 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Ideas generated from the April 5-6 meeting This summary combines the results of the two groups that brainstormed on ideas for the installation.
    Posted Apr 16, 2009, 7:55 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Reserve/cancel shuttle Reserve or cancel your spot on the shuttle at least 2 days in advance, please. Trips with less than one person registered are subject to cancellation.See who's reserved ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2009, 2:03 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Help us determine when to arrange a regular Biomodd shuttle for you   Results so far:
    Posted May 14, 2009, 12:17 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Co-creation meeting yehey The co-creation meeting on April 5-6 was a resounding success. I'll write more about it in a bit (I still have to summarize my group's output ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2009, 9:14 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Biomodd cocktails   Biomodd Bellini 2 shots Haliya Mango Wine 1 1/2 shots Mango nectar/mango puree 2 tsp Lemon juice 2 tsp Simple syrup Enough ice for blending Blend everything ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2009, 9:43 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Call for computer components (used or new)  The Biomodd sculpture will be built in part using about 15-20 functional PCs. The minimum requirements for those PCs are the following:Intel P4/AMD Athlon XP or higher ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2009, 5:26 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Summer course on new media art practice now open The Biomodd Core is partnering with Open University to offer a summer course on new media art practices. The course offers participants another mode for participating in the Biomodd project ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2009, 10:25 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • First co-creation meeting at the Biomodd House, April 5-6  First co-creation meeting at the Biomodd House, April 5-6I'm excited to invite all of the Biomodd Team to our first meeting in UPOU's guest house ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2009, 9:07 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • The Biomodd Summer Party: A Benefit Help an artist today. Party with us on April 17, Friday, 10pm, at M Cafe Greenbelt 4, Makati (across Ayala Museum) as we create art, serve custom-made summer cocktails ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2009, 11:52 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • The algae has been revived. Mabuhay ka, lumot! This series of photos chronicles the resurrection of our beloved algae. The installation used for bringing back the algae to life was video-streamed over the Web for ten days ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2009, 11:05 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Who Knew Who: Greendrinks @ Greenbelt, Feb 10, 2009 Click the image to see a larger version
    Posted Mar 18, 2009, 1:17 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Latest photos  Biomodd HouseThis is the house provided by our main institutional collaborator, UP Open University, where the installation will be built: The Algae-Reviving Setup This mini-installation was designed ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2009, 9:11 AM by Diego S. Maranan
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In a nutshell

posted Apr 28, 2009, 10:38 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 29, 2009, 12:03 AM ]

The first version: Biomodd [ATH1]
(Built in Athens, Ohio, USA in 2007-2008)



  • Computers and plants are put inside transparent case
  • Computers are overclocked to speed up performance (but they also become hot)
  • Plants thrive on the excess heat
  • Overheated computer components are cooled using algae flowing through tubes 
  • Algae becomes too hot, so an aquarium full of fish is used to cool down the algae
  • The water from the aquarium is used to water plants inside the case
  • The computers are running an open source, multiplayer computer game that has been modified to reflect the plant ecosystem in the case

The second version: Biomodd [LBA2]
(Being built in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines in 2009)



Similar but also very different to the Ohio version. This is what we're now working on! See the initial design specs

Design drafted!

posted Apr 28, 2009, 9:13 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Feb 23, 2010, 11:36 AM ]


OVERALL DESIGN

(Click on the image on the right to see a larger version.)

Last week we came up with a first design of the whole Biomodd installation:
  • the central structure or ‘brain’ will contain 9 computers, three gaming stations and a elaborate plant ecosystem
  • it is made out of sculpted wood and glass panes, height about 2.2m, diameter about 1.6m
  • it is placed on a hexagonal platform with three ramps, aquariums integrated in its sides, about 4m wide (excl. the ramps)
  • around this platform three smaller ‘satellites’ complement the ‘brain’
  • they’re also made out of sculpted wood and glass panes
  • but they’re smaller, and each one of them contains two game stations and plant life
  • on top of the brain a canopy made of intertwined cables and vibes will be installed like an umbrella
Currently an illustrator is making a few artist impressions of this (through Tomas). Rough sketches can be found in the Biomodd [LBA2] Picasa album.

WOODCARVING

We’re currently contacting different woodcarvers (families) to see who would be interested and best suited to collaborate. This is coordinated by Vanni. As soon as we have the artist impressions, we can discuss things in more detail with them.

We can get private hardwood for free in Los Banos to incorporate in the woodwork (through Ding). There’s no intention to make the whole structure out of hardwood, just parts and details.

PLATFORM

The platform can be built in the fully equipped workshop of Ding’s brother in Los Banos.

The steel interior structure will be most expensive.

An engineer will draw up a detailed design of the platform (Thalia, a friend of Diego and myself). The platform needs to be:
  • strong, since it has to carry the weight of the ‘brain’ + 3 players + spectators
  • modular, since it has to be transported
  • aesthetic and sleek

  

COMPUTING

Second hand computers

  • if you have any equipment you can donate, please do so. Ding and Anne already promised to provide us with their old PCs.
  • Lai is setting up a computer drive in Manila, a rather big event where people can exchange their computers for informatics gift certificates
At this point it seems most realistic to use game creation tools instead of a pure coding approach (C++, Java, etc.) There’s a few people that could potentially help with the game design but it’s still very unclear how this will work out: I contacted Carlos from the Philippine Linux community, Nex has a few contacts, and Kent is interested to look into the game himself. If you know any other people please let us know!

Characteristics of the game

  • open source, running under Linux
  • multiplayer, co-operative
  • ecology inspired
  • narrative: inspired by local Laguna mythology, 3 classes (humans, nature and spirits), also include texts for background info

Additional technologies

  • robot arm: Habs and Kent are looking into the software of the Lynx 6 robot arm
  • sensors: start with temperature and humidity, integrate in gameplay
  • interface Biomodd with the internet: present the data on the internet through Google Analytics, make Biomodd Twitter (ref. Botanicalls), etc.

ECOSYSTEM

We need to make a selection of plants and start growing those in the Biomodd Lab:

  • we can verify which plants survived in our miniature exosystem and work with those (with the help of a botanist through King)
  • Tomas wants to start growing vines on a miniature canopy structure made out of wires
  • Diego gave me this link http://www.stuartxchange.com/Katakataka.html
  • Max, a forester and faculty from UPLB gave us some good ideas, Vanni and Kent will draw up a report of our meeting on Sunday
  • there’s the idea of growing seedlings of the trees that are used to built biomodd
  • there’s Adleta’s suggestion to work with the concept of ‘roots’
  • King and I will go to the Garden Show in Los Banos on Tuesday
We need to make a safe and reliable irrigation system. Julius, Habs, Leo and Kent have been working on that.

We need to investigate whether it’s possible to create an active cooling system with plants (and evaporation/condensation), warm air good be blown away from the computers and guided to such a compartment. 



The Lab will be closed on Tuesday, April 21

posted Apr 19, 2009, 8:25 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 19, 2009, 8:27 PM ]

Angelo needs to renew his visa in Manila that day. It will be open on Wednesday instead. 

Reserve/cancel guest house

posted Apr 17, 2009, 9:19 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Aug 2, 2009, 7:07 PM ]

From Tuesdays to Sundays, Oblation Hall at UP Open University will be available for us to work on the installation and the UPOU guest house available for us to stay.  During these days you are welcome to come to Los Banos and stay at the guest house. (It's very important for you to indicate that you're staying here because we're getting charged for every night for every person that stays there is an upper limit to how many people can stay at any one time.)

Reserve or cancel your spot at the guest house


Ideas generated from the April 5-6 meeting

posted Apr 16, 2009, 7:45 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 16, 2009, 7:55 PM ]

This summary combines the results of the two groups that brainstormed on ideas for the installation.


Biomodd [LBA2] Ideas Notebook

Reserve/cancel shuttle

posted Apr 15, 2009, 3:31 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 2:03 AM ]

Reserve/cancel a space on the Manila - Los Baños shuttle


Reserve/cancel a space on the Los Baños - Manila shuttle


Help us determine when to arrange a regular Biomodd shuttle for you

posted Apr 13, 2009, 6:48 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated May 14, 2009, 12:17 AM ]

Help us determine when to arrange a regular Biomodd shuttle for you


Results so far:


Co-creation meeting yehey

posted Apr 12, 2009, 9:12 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 12, 2009, 9:14 AM ]

The co-creation meeting on April 5-6 was a resounding success. I'll write more about it in a bit (I still have to summarize my group's output), but you can check out the photos (1, 2, and 3) from that weekend to get a sense of what we were able to accomplish.

Biomodd cocktails

posted Mar 31, 2009, 7:15 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 7, 2009, 9:43 PM ]

Biomodd Bellini

2 shots Haliya Mango Wine
1 1/2 shots Mango nectar/mango puree
2 tsp Lemon juice
2 tsp Simple syrup
Enough ice for blending

Blend everything.




Lai and Diego have created two signature drinks that will be sold at M Cafe. This is part of our fundraising strategy. Really.

Minty Modd Mint-a-Modd  

1 shot VuQo vodka*
4 shots Sprite
1 tsp Mint syrup
1/4 tsp Lemon extract
1 Calamansi
Cherry

Shake with ice and serve.
*We were blown away by this excellent vodka. 






Call for computer components (used or new)

posted Mar 27, 2009, 12:34 AM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Apr 4, 2009, 5:26 AM ]

The Biomodd sculpture will be built in part using about 15-20 functional PCs. The minimum requirements for those PCs are the following:
  • Intel P4/AMD Athlon XP or higher
  • 512MB RAM or higher
  • 64MB video card
  • sound card
  • LAN card
  • 40GB
  • DVD drive
  • 17” monitor (preferrably the same make)
  • mice and keyboard (preferrably the same make)
We would be happy accept either individual components or entire computers.
We also need other equipment, which we would be happy to merely borrow:
  • Electric hand drills
  • Step ladder
  • Carts
  • Small tables

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