ZIPHIUS T-SHIRT giveaway

Enter the Ziphius T-shirt Giveaway by sending us a direct message on our Facebook page with a selfie, where we can see your lovely face + a spot where you can play with Ziphius. We want to see something creative involving you and water. All the team will deliberate and choose the photo with the most original approach.

By sending us your photo you allow us to promote it and share it through our social media networks.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy snapping! ;)

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Our motivation is you

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As you know, we’ve been struggling with the deadlines we had previously envisioned for Ziphius. Staying concentrated everyday is key to get where we want to be. Our focus is on the people who want to have a Ziphius, and that’s why we now have this huge wall in our office – featuring your comments and messages about Ziphius – inspiring us everyday!

Have a good week.

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One year old

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Photo by Manuel Lino

Today our blog is one year old!

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for checking this space, reading, or following. We are very pleased to be able to communicate Ziphius adventures and misadventures with you.

To the old ones that have been following for a long time: Thank you for accompanying us. To the new ones; Hello and welcome. :)

Don’t forget Ziphius is all over social media! You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more updates.

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Ups and downs

Remember our cemetery for broken equipment? Well, we widened the theme, and now we are adding failed attempts too.

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This was the first attempt we did to adapt the prototype to the steel molds. Sadly, it presented some weaknesses that we wanted to correct. Most of them were details, such as the best way to mount and replace the turbines and propellers, but others were more crucial for the assembly of the Ziphius, such as to ensure that at the assembly line we could mount all the electronics. Well, gotta try a few times before succeeding, right?

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In other news, we’ve tested the new turbines and propellers and we are very satisfied with their performance.

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Ziphius @ IFEMA

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook you probably know that Ziphius was presented as one of the most innovating Portuguese tech projects at Pavilhão Amanhã last month.

What we didn’t tell you is that was just the beginning of a new adventure! Ziphius is going on a huge roadtrip around the world. Beginning on the 3rd April, this roadshow, in partnership with Login>PT. will kick off its global itinerary in Madrid, at IFEMA. Other specially selected cities include Berlin or Rio de Janeiro, in a three-day stay in order to promote the best Portuguese tech has to offer! Be sure to check out YDreams Retail, a new YDreams spin-out that will be present as well. The two first days will be for companies (doing business, networking, all that jazz), and the last one is open to all.

Here’s the schedule for the “Corporate Day” in Madrid:

 

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Be sure to check our booth if you are around this cities by the following dates:

Madrid – 3rd, 4th and 5th of April

Berlin – 24th, 25th and 26th of April

Warsaw – 5th, 6th and 7th of May

Rio de Janeiro – 17th, 18th and 19th of July

Sao Paulo – 28th, 29th and 30th of July

IMPORTANT: For those of you who would fancy a discount on pre-ordering Ziphius, there will be a 10% discount coupon!

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Ziphius and Julio Verne’s yacht shared the same anchor point

It was on the 5th July of 1878 that the great writer Julio Verne anchored his yacht Saint-Michel III in Cascais in order to visit Lisbon for two days.  Some say the city was a source of inspiration.  

Cascais was also one of the first places where Ziphius was tested. Its transparent waters were great to test the camera. Until today Cascais is still a place to visit by boat and we expect that it will be a place to watch some Ziphius rides! Like the boat Saint-Michel III, we would like Ziphius to be a world traveler.

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We want it to be everywhere. How long would it take for it to travel an entire lap around the earth? We hope it will be less than the 80 days it took Willi Fog.

It has been 109 years since Verne passed away, leaving us a large amount of work. Most of his books maintain its original charm and make you dream about fabulous adventures. Do you guys have a favorite book? Around here the favs are Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea!

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Happy St. Patrick’s

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This year Saint Patrick’s Day counted on Vinod’s participation,  who had been working in Ziphius hardware remotely.

Vinod came directly from India to give us some extra support on this production phase we are going through. He’s really focused on getting solutions for arising problems and he’s a great team player!

Hope you all have a fantastic Saint Patrick’s day.

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A real friendship blended by digital fabrication

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Artica is a creative computing Portuguese company, specializing in digital fabrication, electronics production and app development, which aims to transform emerging technologies and art into impactful human experiences. These peeps work with electronics and computing, so they love robots, digital fabrication and prototyping!

As you probably noticed on our website, Artica and Azorean are buds. Artica have been producing Ziphius’ shell prototypes, in their laboratory, where they have a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) milling (milling is a cutting process that uses a milling cutter to remove material from the surface of a work piece) and other machinery for object fabrication.

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We spoke to André Almeida, who told us a bit more about the whole process behind making Ziphius’ shell come to life! Apparently it was a first run for them, since Ziphius was the first three-dimensional object created with their CNC.

“Making Ziphius’ shell has given us the opportunity to explore our CNC’s machine new capabilities. Before this, the CNC has been used a lot on our robots Farruscos for bi-dimensional cutting (cutting PVC, acrylics, wood) but with Ziphius we had to implement new techniques, as it is a 3D object. It has to be done in slices, first on one side and then the other, to be machined in both sides.”

Each shell takes from 16 to 20 hours to be created. André said they are working on improving the timing each time they produce a new one. It’s all about experience and process optimization! Artica members envision that they can still shorten the time, which is great.

CNC’s milling operation is extremely easy: you have three axes (X, Y Z) and a motor for cutting. First a raft cut is done to prune the material, and then a more detailed cut to give the shell its form. “Ziphius will be an aquatic drone, so there will be a submerged part. Ziphius’ hull is cut in a longitudinal way, according to the water flow” says André. 

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João Ribeiro and André Almeida, keeping up with Ziphius’ shell prototyping

Not  everything is smooth sailing… there were, of course, failed attempts. For instance, trying to get the perfect height so all the pieces fit together and Ziphius achieved its intended size. But it all ends well, or as André puts it, Ziphius’ shell is “pixel perfect”! 

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André Almeida and Guilherme Martins: Robots, robots everywhere!

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Artica’s office – from left to right: BEETHEFIRST. Sapo, Farrusco, Ultimaker and, on the second image, Magabot

We would like to thank Artica for all the hard work. André, João and Guilherme, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! :)

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Cristina Gouveia talks at TEDx IST

We are so very pleased to announce that Cristina Gouveia is going to give a TEDx talk on the 15th March! Isn’t that super amazing?

If you’re in Portugal or live in Portugal, reserve your Saturday afternoon and head to Instituto Superior Técnico – Tagus Park, where you’ll have an opportunity to go to one TEDx talk about Ziphius, entitled “Ziphius: Riding the wave of hardware innovation”! It’s going to be a magic afternoon, from 2 PM to 7:30 PM.

Registration HERE.

See you there! ;)

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Testing makes perfect

Howdy dear readers,

After a lot of testing, we are proud to present to you our exquisite turbines and propellers. Take a look. This is the final prototype.

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We are demanding when it comes to anything related to Ziphius and water. Ziphius deserves the best!

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