The H2 Bicycle – A Step Towards A Cleaner Future

During the Open Geneva Innovation Festival 2018 a group of Pangloss members and others assembled to think about how to introduce hydrogen as a clean energy vector in our society. Various ideas were aired. A condensation took place for the Fête de la Science in Ferney-Voltaire half a year later. One of the concepts put forward was that of bringing hydrogen bicycles to the people. Two workshops (hackathons) on the subject followed in January and March 2019.

The hydrogen powered electric bicycle (HPEB) is not a new idea. Already 20 years ago such vehicles were constructed, but they were never made available to the common person, not to talk about production in series. The latest version, the Alpha bike of French company Pragma Industries is produced in batches of a hundred units and distributed to users, usually organizations, who can afford the rather hefty price of the bicycle of the order of 7'000 euros and the massive cost of a refilling station upwards of 50'000 euros.

At Pangloss Labs we have the idea to make all this cheaper with the goal to enable everybody profitting from green energy and clean hydrogen thus making a measurable contribution to a more sustainable world.

Harald, a member of Pangloss Labs next to the Alpha hydrogen bike of Pragma Industries at BePositive Expo Lyon 2019.

Our concept turns around the creation of a kit for converting normal bicycles into hydrogen powered electric bicycles (HPEB). Such kits should be cheap. The HPEB should not cost more than the equivalent electric bike but - and this will be the major advantage for the cyclist - with much larger autonomy. We think that eventually we can store 50 grams of hydrogen on the bike, which is equivalent to 750 Wh using a decent fuelcell, 50% more energy than typically stored on an electric bicycle. Bigger hydrogen containers and more efficient fuel cells will soon bring the advantage to 100% doubling the autonomy.

The crew in the Pangloss FabLab at Ferney-Voltaire on their way installing the electric motor and other components on the bike on 23 March 2019.

All the best for 2018 !

Dear Pangloss friends;2017 has been a good year for me and I am hoping also a good year for you and your loved ones. I am happy with the Pangloss performance and at the same time recognise that there are areas that we need to improve on.Many milestones have been reached by each lab, by each commission and by many projects and congratulations to all for this.We have also had many successful training sessions, workshops, aperos, speeddatings and events and so I can go on.Many of you have spent much time in our innovation space, and each time we see each other at Pangloss, there is a spark, there is an idea, there is a concept in the air, which may one day become a co-creation opportunity.We welcomed many new members in 2017 and thank you to all for making them feel at home. It has been great having new perspectives come on board.Each one of us need to manage this work life balance more carefully as no success can compensate for failure in the home.I have enjoyed working with each one of you and have come to know almost each of you personally. This has been a highlight in itself.Another highlight has been the Fete de la Science, with a record number of visitors and animations.It is sad when some of our team members have to leave particularly when it is because of a professional move to Marseille, to San Francisco, to Africa, to the Vosges or because of some other personal circumstances. Luckily enough some of them are coming back !!!I wish to thank all of you for your continued support and dedication to Pangloss. I wish to thank our bureau for their decisions, our Conseil d’Administration for their propositions and tradeoffs, our Conciergerie for welcoming new members with a smile everyday and for their great support in having such a wonderful hypercreativity space and ecological fablab, open for everyone.We are proud that this space is so open, so unique, so creative and so inclusive.Congratulations to the Pangloss members who won awards this year (Concours Lepine, Trip to Brussels for Economie Circulaire, CES 2018 Nomination…).We will have the opportunity to share with you all the numbers during our next General Assembly. We are confident they will look good. I wish all of you a wonderful end of the year and a happy and prosperous 2018.Let’s make 2018 a fun, successful and value adding year that changes the lives of people for the positive. Let not that which matters the most be affected by that which matters the least.Yves

Closing the loop: Innovation for a Circular Economy

On Wednesday 6th December, 2017, Paul Bristow represented Pangloss Labs along with 5 other startups with innovations in the circular economy in Brussels .  We were chosen from across all of the EU to participate in a high-level policy discussion at the European Parliament, hosted by Nespresso and the EU40.MEPs Franc Bogovic (EPP, Slovenia) and Davor Skrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia) hosted the roundtable debate preceded by six start-ups that pitched their innovations and spice up the discussion.(more…)

Fête de la Science 2017

Pangloss Labs and the City of Ferney-Voltaire organize in partnership the Science Fair in the Pays de Gex on Saturday 14 October 2017

 La Fête de la Science

Created in 1991 at the initiative of Hubert Curien, then Minister of Research, the "Fete de la Science", which became a national event, aims to bring citizens closer to science.Each year throughout France, hundreds of actors offer free workshops, conferences, screenings, exhibitions, open their laboratory, discover the cultural and scientific heritage of the territory. From biodiversity to mathematics to the sciences of the universe, but also from human and social sciences, this event aims to represent all scientific domains and to make the world of science free to the public.Throughout France, the Science Fair takes place from 7 to 15 October 2017.For this 26th edition, the 2,500 participating municipalities propose stands and animations around the theme "Ideas received and critical spirit"

The Fête de la Science in the Pays de Gex, Saturday 14 October

In partnership with the Ferney-Voltaire Mairie, Pangloss Labs is organising the Fête de la Science (Science Fair) in the Pays de Gex on Saturday 14th October.This event will be an opportunity for young and old to meet innovation entrepreneurs from the Pays de Gex and to discover the innovation laboratories of Pangloss:
  • Mobility and Town Planning
  • Health/Wellness
  • Connected objects
  • Sustainable development
  • Culture and education
Around the theme "Critical spirit and received ideas", the Fête de la Science in Ferney-Voltaire will be an opportunity to explore:
  • electric mobility with the Vega association
  • astronomy with Orion
  • creative laboratories with Addictlab design
  • the connected objects
  • the innovations of citizen democracy
  • and so many other discoveries ...
A philosophical debate/conference will be organized at 5 pm, with Geneviève Brykman, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Paris Nanterre on the theme "Voltaire and received ideas".« The more the human being is enlightened, the more he will be free » - VoltairePangloss LabsSamedi 14 octobre de 9h à 18h12 bis rue de Gex Résidence Joseph Boisson 01210 Ferney Voltaire Tel : 04 50 59 07 83www.panglosslabs.orgContacts : yves@panglosslabs.org, guillaume@panglosslabs.org

Pangloss @ #UNHCRNGOs

On June 14th 2017, representatives from Pangloss Labs were invited to participate to the UNHCR annual consultation with NGOs.  From the sustainable development innovation lab, Paul, Charlie & Gianluca decided to dedicate one day to this.  With our partners from the Global Humanitarian Lab (based at the Palais de Nations), we exhibited some of the things that digital fabrication - and more importantly the entrepreneurial, problem solving mindset around it - could enable in refugee environments.   It was an eye-opening day for all of us, and each of us decided to tell the story in our own words.(more…)

Générer du beau

Vous vous êtes certainement posé les questions suivantes sur la beauté«Qu’est-ce qui est beau ? »«Comment être beau? Existe-t-il une méthode, une recette pour faire du beau ?»«Pourquoi moi je trouve ça beau mais pas les autres ? »Un proverbe arabe dit : « la beauté est dans l’œil qui regarde ». En fait la réponse de notre être à l’esthétique, est purement personnelle, et dépend de nombreux facteurs culturels et émotionnels.La beauté d’un visage par exemple peut être appréciée comme une absence de défaut. C’est la beauté qui rassure quant à son vécu personnel. Mais au contraire cela peut être une aspérité qui étonne au lieu de susciter notre rejet.Dans la réponse esthétique, on trouve le plus souvent une émotion qu’il est difficile de comprendre pour soi et encore plus d’expliquer aux autres.Un jour j’ai découvert l’univers de l’espace mathématiques de Mandelbrot. D’abord subjugué par la richesse des images produites à partir d’un simple zoom sur un point particulier de cet espace, où les formes se répétaient avec des variations étonnantes, je me suis fait expliquer ce qui générait ces formes.La réponse était étonnante. La fonction génératrice était l’étude de suite, dans le simple plan des complexes, dont on étudiait la vitesse de convergence.On donnait une couleur au point à partir duquel la suite était calculée, en fonction de sa vitesse de convergence.Un élève de terminale peut comprendre le problème posé, cependant la question est bizarre, originale. La réponse à cette question est, elle, époustouflante.Si Benoit Mandelbrot avait gardé pour lui le secret de cette génération en ne divulguant que le résultat artistique de ses recherches, jamais on aurait compris le principe générateur de ces formes d’une richesse infinie. Cela choque beaucoup de personnes, mais de nombreux mathématiciens pensent que tout est nombre. Le réel physique d’existerait pas et l’univers  ne serait que le résultat de perceptions diverses.En décomposant, la complexité on arrive à de simples fonctions primitives, finalement assez pauvres.Jeune étudiant j’avais été choqué par l’énoncé du théorème de Fourier.Ce théorème dit que tout signal cyclique, aussi complexe soit-il, peut se décomposer en une somme de vibrations à différentes fréquences.Une vibration est une simple vague qui fait monter et descendre de façon continue, répétitive et monotone.La vibration en tant que cycle rassure, car on sait qu’après être redescendu, on va remonter, puis redescendre. Ça ne finit jamais et c’est sans surprise.La fonction mathématique qui porte cette vibration est la fonction Sinus.N’ayant comme talent artistique que celui du contemplatif, j’ai imaginé des formes qui ne seraient que des sommes de vibrations, dans tous les sens, dans plusieurs dimensions. En les combinant, on génère des formes douces, organiques, qui rappelle des muscles, des viscères, un squelette. On repère quelques répétitions signant la simple vibration, la simple vague, la simple fonction sinus, mais ces répétitions ne se répètent pas complètement à l’identique et surprennent un peu dans leur rendu parce qu’elles sont simplement combinées avec d’autres. On entre progressivement dans le domaine du vivant, ou dans l’illusion du vivant. Mon œil est surpris par le résultat. J’espère que le votre aussi.

Pangloss Labs in Geneva

On the 12th of January a small, determined group met at Pangloss Labs in Ferney-Voltaire to discuss why there isn't yet a Pangloss Labs Geneva site and what to do about it. In a nutshell, although we have found some spaces in Geneva that meet our original half office / half workshop criteria, they are very few and far between.  With the rent costs being much higher in Geneva than neighbouring France, to replicate directly what we did in France would need 45 people willing to pay a proportion of the rent, before we have the space.   In addition, leases in Geneva tend to start at 5 years.  With some of the offers we have, on projects under development, we'd need 45 people willing to commit to contribute to a collaborative association for 5 years, starting in 1-2 years time.  That's almost impossible to do.So, with the facts on the table, and with the aid of some decent French wine, we brainstormed on the possible ways forward.  With lots of whiteboards, and different experiences and backgrounds we came up with the following plan:
  1. Make a list of all the spaces and similar initiatives around innovation in Grand Geneva.  Create working partnerships where possible.
  2. Simultaneously, use co-creation to decide amongst our Pangloss Labs community in Geneva, which set of Innovation Labs make sense for them.  This may well be a very different set from the 10 chosen in the Pays de Gex.
  3. Build up the space requirements for each Innovation Lab.  See if each Lab can start using time and space in existing physical spaces around Geneva.  If so, partner with the appropriate physical space, and do that, resulting in a win-win for Pangloss members and existing physical spaces, along with cross fertilisation between communities.
This doesn't solve the problem of a large maker space in Geneva, but it does solve the problem of how to get the other Innovation Labs really working for those members unable to easily get to Ferney-Voltaire and it provides something concrete as a partnership with our other innovation space friends around Geneva.Once things are up and running, we can decide if we need another physical space in Geneva, or if working collaboratively with existing spaces is sufficient.What do you think?
solar hydrogen generator

Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production – An Adventure

Fifty million tons of hydrogen are used every year mainly for making fertilizers and for refining petroleum. Today, it is also explored as an energy storage medium because electricity storage at large scale is costly and inefficient. Hydrogen can be used as a chemical, in particular to make hydrocarbons, so it can replace petroleum, and it is a source of clean power –for transportation for example- because its use results in water only and nothing else.Wouldn’t it be great to make hydrogen in a clean and sustainable way?The history of H2P began in 2001 on the premises of Creative Services s.a.r.l. with contemplations about what to do with acetylene. From a coffee table discussion the subject evolved into patent applications and the search for funds to realize the idea.(more…)

The Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.This article was written by Pangloss Lab's own Paul Bristow and published at Circulate News, the news website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.Read it there: http://circulatenews.org/2016/06/business-benefits-of-open-source-modular-design-for-the-circular-economy/

Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.  This article was written by Paul and published at Circulate News, the news site of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.http://circulatenews.org/2016/06/business-benefits-of-open-source-modular-design-for-the-circular-economy/

Making things for a good cause

One of the great things about being based in Geneva is the interesting people you meet. While working on innovation for “International Geneva”, I met up with the ICRC’s innovation team. They have been working on a global makeathon for humanitarian causes. One thing led to another, and I ended up giving a webinar on rapid prototyping and following that up with a long blog post which you can read on the Enable Makeathon’s site

Is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?

Globalisation only flows one way. At least that’s the experience of the last 30 years. Manufacturing fled Europe, looking for more and more economies of scale, making millions of identical objects for the cheapest possible price.

Mass manufacturing has changed the world, but every process comes to an end. When something becomes “the only way to do things”, innovation kicks in and find a alternative.Open Source distributed manufacturing is that alternative. New, open source technologies have reduced the costs of machinery by a factor of tens to hundreds. Things that were complicated and expensive, like accurate positioning in 3D space, have become trivially simple and ridiculously cheap. The result is that it has become much less expensive to make individual customised objects – something that mass manufacturing cannot do at all.FabLabs, like this one, are described as a place when you can make “almost anything”. We know what the things we cannot yet make are, and many of the projects in these spaces are open source machines to overcome these limitations. Just in the last two years we have seen machines for knitting clothes, printing fabrics, printing concrete, and laminating wood/carbon fibre composites, as well as DNA sequencers, projects to grow bricks, produce all sorts of energy efficient vehicles, and build your own energy efficient houses.These projects are not developed by individual geniuses in their garages. The internet was designed as a collaborative tool, and has delivered magnificently. Local communities of people interested in making things have found each other online, and joined together to create physical spaces where they can collaborate together. These projects, in turn collaborate online in globe-spanning open source projects, creating amazing collaborative answers to problems that might not be solved in any other way.Right now it’s not for replacing the things you can buy in the shops, more for replacing the things you cannot buy in the shops. How often have you searched and not found the thing you were looking for? Simply not been able to buy a spare part, or not found a table the right size in the right wood. Those are the sorts of things maker-spaces can produce using parametric design and shared resources.In twenty years the very idea that you would buy something that is the same thing that any of your neighbours have will seem quaint, like Henry Ford’s “any color you like as long as it’s black”. You will be able to easily customise the object you want to suit your exact needs and have it quickly manufactured in your local fabrication centre. Or have a brand new thing designed just for you from scratch using open source tools, technologies and techniques.Around Lake Geneva, this is a work-in-progress. On the 27th of June 2015, the makers of the Lac Leman region unified for the first time to put on the “Leman Make” Festival. At the start, we knew of two hackerspaces in the region. One year later we had dozens of local fabrication spaces involved in the festival, all of whom were making stuff right here.Technology should be a slave, not a master. It’s time it stopped being exclusive – something for other people far away to master – came back home, and was made accessible to everyone. As children we were all taught to share, and it turns out that sharing really can change the world for the better.So the answer to the question “is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?” is definitely a resounding yes. We hope you’ll join in.

Pangloss Project Party : des idées plein la tête !

Un mois après l'inauguration du site d'innovation et de créativité à Ferney-Voltaire, et à l'occasion de notre première Project Party, les entrepreneurs membres de l'association Pangloss ont accueilli un nombreux public pour leur montrer la variété et la sophistication des quelques 50 projets, qui sortent des différents laboratoires d'innovation ouverte.Cet évènement s'est déroulé en présence notamment de Mr Etienne Blanc, député maire de Divonne-les-Bains, venu nous voir en tout début d'évènement, en présence de Mme Aurélie Charillon, maire de Prevessin-Moens, en présence de Monsieur Guy Larmanjat, de Madame Myriam Bouvet-Multon, représentants le département de l'Ain, et venus en voisins et amis.Situé à 25 minutes en bus de l'hyper centre de Genève, ce nouvel espace d'innovation permet aux entrepreneurs et aux hobbyists de s'exprimer, de s'identifier, de s'apprivoiser et de se retrouver régulièrement pour développer des projets collaboratifs à plusieurs.Une occasion idéale pour les élus du territoire du Grand Genève, de venir soutenir les entrepreneurs et découvrir leurs projets, leurs idées et leurs inventions.Cette soirée a également été une opportunité pour les entrepreneurs et les porteurs de projet en herbe, de 5 à 115 ans, qui souhaitent se lancer, tester leur idée, ou devenir autonome, de se rendre compte de l'importance de rejoindre un collectif, et de resentir par eux mêmes, la dynamique de création et de créativité, qui anime Pangloss.
Onl'fait

Onl'fait

Parmi les bonnes surprises de la soirée, la présence d'un compost mis à disposition par notre partenaire Sidefage, et la démo produit d'un robot téléprésence.Ont particulièrement retenu l'attention du public (environ 130 personnes), les stands du développement durable, de la permaculture, de l'urbanisme, de l'internet des objets, des médias, des jeux, de la mécatronique, de la culture et de l'éducation, du design et de l'art, et de la fabrication (notamment les imprimantes et scanners 3D).L'association poursuit ses évènements réguliers, et renouvellera cette opération au début de l'année 2016 pour montrer l'évolution de ses différents projets.Autre découverte, la possibilité de voir s'imprimer des objets conçus en 3D et la possibilité de voir scannés des visages ou des surfaces complexes pendant l'évènement.
Scanneur 3D

Scanneur 3D

L'association remercie tous les membres et partenaires qui ont participé à cet évènement, les élus, qui par leur présence, nous ont renouvelé leur soutien. Le partenaire culinaire de la soirée était Le Nomade Pizza.20151019_185243[1]Pangloss se réjouit d'accueillir les entrepreneurs qui vont inventer l'économie du futur, dès demain.20151019_175710[1]Pour toute information, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter (contacteznous@panglosslabs.org) et restez informés au sujet de nos futurs évènements.

Pangloss is participating in the Salon des Associations

We will be at the Salon des Associations at the COSEC in Ferney-Voltaire on Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 13h to 17h, to present our activities, including our initiation to robotics, 3D printing, and a presentation of the activities and upcoming events in our new creative space in Ferney-Voltaire. This is a great chance to come and meet local associations and stop by our booth.

Our community space now available in Ferney-Voltaire

We have just opened our space for innovation and creativity in Ferney-Voltaire. While we work to design a unique experience for our users, we are every day improving day our equipment, layout and decoration, to be ready in the coming weeks to welcome you. In addition to the tools and machines, we seek to live the values of our association in this new space. Take the opportunity to join us and help create your space!

Pangloss at Leman Make

We attended the LemanMake Festival in Nyon, to go and meet the hackers, makers in the region and to see how to democratise what can be done with fablab machines. Workshops for kids, impressive demo, conferences, everything was there to discover what the future will look like.LemanMake.Also a great opportunity to meet with our friends from all parts of Switzerland.

3D Printing in Geneva

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from April 7th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:For more information about 3D printing, MAKE magazine is a great place to start:To try 3D printing in Geneva, you can go to Post Tenebras Lab, the Geneva Hackerspace on any Tuesday night. It's open to the public from 19h00 and they even have a communal meal. You might even see me there. We've just completed a major upgrade to our 3D printing capabilities and have 3 new printers including a Lulzbot TAZ 4 (a really big one!).There's the new Replik3D shop in Acacias. You'll find their website here. Give them a call before you go to visit them as they are very new and sorting out their opening hours. Their website is in French but both Matthieu and Giovanni speak great English. They sell 3D printers, supplies and do printing services and more. You can even get a 3D scanned bobble head made of yourself in full colour!You've also got Romain at Les Voisins coworking, and Sebastien at Onl'fait who both offer workshops and 3D printing services but you will need to speak French for these two.

Reality in all its forms

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from March 31st, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:Virtual RealityA Rollercoaster Simulator on the Oculus Rift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMrhaLb6UeQThere's an open source system for VR gaming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxeQVBwyh8YAugmented Reality Google glass - not dead yet.Navigation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IwDqah3a6cLayAR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR4eSmmPCxgMixed RealityMicrosoft Hololens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuAand you can even try for yourself with the iPad Ikea catalogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDNzTasuYEw

Tech at the Geneva Motor Show

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from March 10th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:From the Mobile World Congress we had the LG Flex2 self-healing phone... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjig8CkuenYBut this week is mostly about the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of MarchThe ED Design Torq - Electric Driverless Racing Car - which apparently could have a racing driver inside, but who'd want to without windows? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP5MdxC8iJoBentley EXP10 Speed 6 with 3D printed parts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8v5d9fmkSwThe Quant F and Quant Quantino Nanoflowcell cars have a range of up to 1000km between refills with ionic electrolyte fluid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q05Oc9M9V4oThe EDAG Light Cocoon (for the blinky light fans) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoTIw9SMxOEThe Aston Martin all electric DBX concept https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r53N9cDv1cThe Swiss Rinseed Budii that will hand the steering wheel to you if you feel like driving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GPkw_qdbjcThere is also the completely bonkers Koenigsegg Regera "hybrid" which does 0-400km/h <20 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm8xEapjuQThere are 76 cars at the motor show which emit less than 95g of CO2 per kilometer, and most of them are in productionOh, and this week Apple launched the most personal computer ever designed. This goes on sale in France on April 10th, and in Switzerland "sometime in 2015" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdkSee you next week!

Mobile World Congress (hah!) and Virtual Private Networking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from March 3rd, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:For the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnYtWWDor2sThe Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison site I mentioned is https://www.bestvpn.comJust to be safe, I suggest you use either Paypal or an e-card (one time use card number) from your bank to make the payments to these companies. It's not that they aren't safe, but I've noticed that they come and go over time.Open source routers will allow you to VPN to your own home, but I won't give you a link. If you don't know how to find these, you shouldn't be attempting it. Surf safely!And remember - a VPN is just a pretend (really long) network cable.For details of the next Pangloss events click here.

Internet of Things

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 24th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:The Internet of Things market is expected to be huge, with pretty much all market forecasts in the high billions of dollars. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 100 billion devices connected.The home monitoring (air quality, temperature etc) system I have is from Netatmo My little drone is the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider, available from 1000ordi in Geneva for 135-7 CHF. They also have a range of Connected Objects and speak English (not a lot, but enough!).The lighting system from Philips that's getting towards what I'd likeAnd of course, the build it yourself option with the Arduino Micro from Sparkfun and the FemtoduinoWe held the first Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.   For details of our next events click here.

The Maker Movement: Our Future Economy – Infographic

MakerInfographicHere is a thought provoking graphic on the economic impact of Makers, in just one country.  But how do you really measure a whole movement, one where individuals around the world using tools such as those found in Fablabs are empowered to innovate - whether for personal reasons or during the process of creating new business opportunities?  Those of us within it see things happening all around, with the possibilities only expanding as access to knowledge and digital fabrication methods grows.  Go forth and Make something - and you'll improve us all while you are at it!Sources at: https://www.thegrommet.com/blog/the-maker-movement-in-motion/

Flying free like a bird

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 17th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:If you've ever wanted to fly like a bird you need to catch up with the BIRDLY bird simulator.https://vimeo.com/91069214And the amazing EPFL telescopic contact lense is here. The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don't need to be an expert - just bring an object and tell us how you'd like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

LIFT to Space

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 10th, 2015:Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:The totally brain-resetting LIFT Conference web site so you can see what you missed.  The presentation from my workshop on Designing Alternative Currency Systems can be found on the Pangloss Labs site.The BikeCityGuide can be found in the app stores for iOS and Android, or take a look at their web site.  The Geneva map basically goes from the Jura to the Saleve.You'll need to use google translate or the Chrome browser (which has google translate built in) to read the Norwegian findmysheep.com website, but it's worth it to find out how to get those 21st century cowbells.Being more serious, the European Space Agency Technology Transfer program is designed to bring space applications into our daily lives, so if you are a startup company, you'll want to take a look.You know about the awesome Solar Impulse project, but have you heard of Solar Stratos - using solar power to get to the edge of space?  Another local project, as is Swiss Space Systems - who are hiring.The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don't need to be an expert - just bring an object and tell us how you'd like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

Designing Alternative Currency Systems workshop at LIFT15

I organised a workshop about innovations in Finance at LIFT15 on Feb 6th. We had 41 participants and 37 design ideas for currency design! With only 4 similar ones.Here's the presentation from the session:And here's your chance to get started designing your own currency:Thanks to everyone who participated and if you do create a new currency, let me know!

Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon

The New York Times reports on how surgeons are just learning to use new digital fabrication tools to create models, so that they can first practice delicate procedures:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/science/off-the-3-d-printer-practice-parts-for-the-surgeon.htmlWhere will the doctors (and engineers and educators and artists and architects...) of the future get their first experiences with such cutting edge tools and approaches?  Fablabs are an ideal training ground for students, and a great place for entrepreneurs to test their ideas.

Robots!

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 27th, 2015:Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:Our list of Pangloss Labs events so you won't miss our next robot workshopThe Open Source (hardware and software) Thymio robot from EPFL and it's programming environmenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTi7DjqlGO8#t=42The NAO robothttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-SSwKMGnYand the much more serious and large ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27HkxMo6qK0And one of my favourite French open source robot projects, InMoov:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2L4MCFubLsIsaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Have a good week, and remember that according to the original Terminator movie humanity should have been destroyed by now, so we are definitely not in that future.

Social Innovation talk at Impact Hub Geneva

Paul was asked to speak at Impact Hub Geneva's crowdfunding launch event yesterday.  The round table was about Social Innovation.  With such people in the audience as representatives from the UNHCR and the ICRC he talked about the impact of crowdsourced open source hardware.Projects described included Data Canvas Sense Your City real-time environmental monitoring,  Publiclab - the citizen science portal, the Open Source Beehive project, Local Motors and the awesome E-NABLING the  future project, providing low-cost customised prosthetic limbs all over the world and making people smile.http://youtu.be/KcPjwq9-sDc 

French – English translation on the go & a giant robot suit

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 20th, 2015:Here's the usual set of  links from the show:The Google Translate app for iPhone and iPadThe Google Translate app for AndroidThe Kuratas Giant mech suit from Suidobashi Industries in Kyoto on Amazon for $1millionWhy would you want one of these?  Just watch...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iZ0WuNvHr8

CES Roundup 2015

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 13th, 2015:Here's some links from the show:More information than you ever wanted about CES.A round up of wearable technology from Engadget.How to get and avoid tech neck (hint - lift your phone up).The Belty smart-belt is easier to see than read about.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOwCNWTUAqoand the Sharp freeform display technology, so I can get my hexagonal screens :-)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiDWqFw4UDM
Pangloss Team Building

Team Building Activity at Prevessin

Pangloss Team Building

Pangloss Team Building last 12 Jan 2015

Last 12 January 2015, Pangloss members Yves, Paul, Ayse, Carmz, Denis and Charlie had a team building activity at Prevessin. The event was led by rockstar coaches, Denise and Michelle, from Allegory House. The event started off with a sharing of experiences and followed by feedback from our peers. Our personalities were also analyzed and we found out how to best value each other's capacities to help build the organization better. This was followed by pitch creation and synthesis of the whole activity. It was a memorable and enriching moment for everyone.
Pangloss labs members

Pangloss Labs members

 

Pangloss Labs dans l’avenir – in the Future

Mon rêve serait que finalement nous construisons un nouveau bâtiment pour accueillir physique Pangloss Labs soit par impression avec une imprimante 3D comme ceci:
My dream would be that eventually we build a new physical building to house Pangloss Labs by either printing it with a 3D printer like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObzNdyRTBsou de le fabriquer avec de bois local comme ceci:or making it out of local wood like this:The wikihouse open source house project
Paper Crafting Projects samples

Crafting Projects for Makers

IlovePangloss Crafting Project

I love Pangloss

I recently acquired a Cricut electronic cutting machine and it has been glorious since then. It has given me the freedom to create crafting projects or to use the images from the Cricut Design Space to practice making different paper or cardboard-based projects. Cutting is one of the techniques that makers like me love to fiddle around with their hands. And with the help of the machine, cutting becomes more precise and less tedious.Cutting has never been this much fun ever! I didn't realize that you could spend a whole day so wrapped up with your crafting projects. To the point that my craft room always ends up really messy with papers, stamps, stickers and all. I even joined a small crafting group to experience how it would be like to craft with fellow enthusiasts. It is really amazing because I learned new techniques from them and I met new friends too.Why Paper crafting?I went on to educate myself with different paper crafting activities and I found out that you can create personalized and embellished cards to give away (or to sell). You can design beautiful scrapbooks. You can even design and create t-shirts (like the one I made below). Furthermore, you can also decorate almost anything at your house, including your walls with your vinyl.
Personalized Pangloss Tshirt - Crafting Project

Personalized Pangloss Tshirt as one of my crafting projects

Crafting projects - boxes

Christmas boxes for give-aways

Paper Crafting Projects samples

Paper Crafting Projects - Cards, 3D cubes, page marker, boxes

Cricut Thank You Card Crafting Project

Thank You Card design by Cricut.com

Future Crafting Projects and Plans With Pangloss Labs, I hope that we could also create our own crafting group who love to catch up, learn and co-work with each other. Then we could plan on joining or initiating Craft Events in our Pays de Gex region. That would be absolutely awesome.So, if you're interested to learn more about how to make this paper or cardboard crafting projects or if you wish to join a crafting session with me, send me an email at carmz@panglosslabs.org. I'd love to know what you already know or show you what the cutting machine can offer you.

MOOC on Methods of Generating Ideas – Iversity

Have you wished that you could easily come up with a new idea that is really great, awesome and at the same time practical? Or just come up with some crazy idea to help save the world? How do great thinkers do that? What techniques do innovators use in idea generation? Would you like to learn how they do that? Then this MOOC is right for you!
Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Join Dr. Daniel Jeffrey Koch, Dr.-Ing. Dominic Buchholz and Felix Teufel of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as they present and expound the different methods in generating ideas in this Iversity MOOC.  This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will begin on the 21st of January 2015 at the Iversity website. The course is presented in English. This course aims to explain techniques for the goal and process oriented generation of ideas.  

Open Source Hardware at TEDx

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to go to TEDxPlaceDesNations, where Javier Serrano from the open hardware group at CERN gave a fantastic talk about the benefits of using open source hardware.You can see the talk in it's entirety right here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqHzV5ty4Kk 

Changes in Autoentrepreneur formalities

autoentrepreneurLots of small autoentrepreneur changes came in on January 1st, with the most important one being that now you must have a separate bank account for your autoentrepreneur business.Good news in that social charges have reduced, and a new requirement for using online tools for uploading your accounts if your turnover exceeds a certain threshold.More details at the APCE web site in French./Droit d'auteur: / 123RF Banque d'images

Get to know yourself through 16personalities

Knowing yourself is very important if you want to improve your life or to discover how you can deal with other personalities in your community or workplace. One good way to know your personality is to take a test about it. I have discovered that 16personalities.com just does that and more!This website offers free personality testing and instant analysis. You can also create a profile in their website if you wish. This website is run by MentiScore Solutions Limited and if you wish to communicate with them, you may send them a message here.According to their website, there are 16 personalities divided into 4 major types:
  • The Analysts
  • The Diplomats
  • The Sentinels
  • The Explorers
Each type has 4 varying subtypes making it to a total of 16 different and interesting personalities. It is really interesting to know which type you are and discovering the types you could easily be with, or work with, and the types that you would have to avoid as well. Check out 16personalities now!

New Years Resolutions and Fitness Tracking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 6th, 2015:A few links from this show:If your new years resolution is to get fit there's no better way than eat less and move more. Technology can't (yet) stop you eating but it can help with the moving, so here are some of the fitness trackers you can get from Fitbit, Withings and Jawbone.Prices start from around 65 CHF. Or you can just use an app for your smartphone like Moves but then you must carry your smartphone all the time. If you put it down it won't track your steps.If you want to hack your life then If This Then That is the site you need. Make the internet work for you doing things that usually only coders can :-)If you want a heads-up on CES there is a useful CES preview at TechRadar. Plenty of wearables.My VOIP provider that lets me have a UK incoming phone number is LocalPhone but there are others, including Skype. As expats living on an international border having multiple incoming phone numbers in different countries can be useful.Here's the Octopus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvjcQIJnLgand here's the four-finned robot cuttlefish:Next week we'll look at the output from CES.

Christmas Gadgets, the Santa Tracker

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from December 23rd, 2014:A few links from this show:3D Printed cookie cutters can be downloaded from thingiverse or you can design your own.  The best place to try 3D printing is your local hackerspace.Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva has an open evening each Tuesday.Fixme in Lausanne has an open evening each Wednesday.FabLab La Cote in Nyon has it's open evenings on Mondays.The Christmas Shopper Simulator from Game in case your shopping was too easy this yearThe Norad Santa TrackerThe cool magnetic levitation hoverboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSheVhmcYLA and the noisy one that you can make yourself

The Fab10 Documentary

In July 2014 I went to the 10th annual gathering of FabLabs.  I wanted to see if a FabLab was a useful tool for building a new way to manufacture open source hardware.  This documentary gives you an overview in 35 minutes of what I spent 8 days immersed in.  And, yes, I came back to Geneva convinced I should build an ecological FabLab.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyMl_Qedd7c

Pangloss Labs Open Apéro

ST-GENIS-POUILLY - The first Pangloss labs public event was held at Charlys' Pub in St-Genis-Pouilly last 14 November 2014. It was attended by friends and colleagues of the Pangloss founders to get to know the new association. Pangloss President Yves Zieba welcomed everyone with a spirited speech. Everyone toasted for a wonderful start of this budding association. Founding members and creative makers Ayse Ozturk, Paul Bristow and Carmz Rubio-Torset brought some samples of their creations. Ayse made a robot that could draw perfect circles and has motion detectors; Paul brought some of his cute 3D made products; and Carmz made some cards and 3D objects out of cardstock. It was a social night filled with enthusiastic entrepreneurs and sharing of ideas. Future Pangloss labs open apéro will be held soon, so keep posted!If you wish to take part in the next Pangloss event, please check out our Events Page by clicking here.
Pangloss Open Apéro at Charlys Pub-St Genis Pouilly

Pangloss Labs Open Apéro at Charlys Pub-St Genis Pouilly

A new open dynamism for Grand Genève’s entrepreneurs

  • Open innovation laboratories and collaborative space
  • Ecological fablab to reinvigorate local manufacturing
  • New innovation models of the type “Zero Marginal Cost Society
Prévessin-Moens, 13 November 2014 - A group of passionate entrepreneurs joined up to create Pangloss, a non-profit association aimed at creating and animating co-working spaces, and bringing innovation back to our town centres.To all engineers, designers and developers, working from home or in small teams, Pangloss offers the chance to join with other entrepreneurs. Together we’ll benefit from mutualising our overheads, exchange ideas and experience and develop synergies with other projects.The new association is organised around open innovation laboratories, experimentation and rapid prototyping.  Concretely, Pangloss wants to establish creative spaces for meeting, exchanging and co-working, along with new types of training.  The association will offer access to innovative services and fablab machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters, which can use recycled materials and are much less energy hungry than traditional machines.The first projects which brought us together cover the sectors of education, health, nutrition, digital media, design, gaming, art and tourism.By helping local entrepreneurs with new projects, Pangloss’ ambition extends to pushing for local growth, accelerating the digital transition and reinvigorating our town centres.  Pangloss will be active with events in both the Pays de Gex and in Grand Geneva.Please contact us for more information and/or to receive our press pack..PR team:Maria Carmela Rubio-Torset, Paul Bristow, Arnaud Blain, Yves Ziebacontacteznous@panglosslabs.org, 0952118168www.panglosslabs.orgAssociation Pangloss, 86 chemin pré de planche, 01280 Prevessin