Category Archives: Hardware

When traditional tools aren’t working…

…we go further and further to try and solve problems, pushing the limits of imagination. Happily, Vinod has already dropped the stethoscope, meaning Ziphius is good and healthy. 😉

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Growing pains

Our cemetery of broken equipment keeps evolving. We’ve added some boards we’ve accidentally burned.

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Final master done!

Some travels are totally worth it! Yesterday we went to the mold factory (just about 100 km/62 miles away) to verify the master unit in order to produce the final prototype.  This will lead us to the steel mold production. We captured Edmundo taking some photos of an unmounted Ziphius. Photoception! 

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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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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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Ziphius loves Pi – happy birthday!

Next month Raspberry Pi is going to have a reason to celebrate: it’s its 2 years old birthday!

Ziphius heart has always been Raspberry Pi (and with Raspberry Pi!). Needless to say, it is a healthy and strong one, beating way fast. Actually, we’ve been using the Pi since September 2012 so, yeah, we’re lucky enough to have been among the first ones to experiment with it! We had Rob Bishop helping us getting familiarized with the Raspberry Pi camera a while back, which was really cool too.

Ziphius is featured in their second anniversary video (at 2:29), which was produced by The Raspberry Pi Guy. Pretty honored, to say the least. 🙂

We love being part of such a vibrant and participative community that is expanding everyday.

The Rasberry Pi team have been releasing a lot of cool contents on their website, including this rather entertaining animation video about the most basic question about it all: in the end, WHAT is a Raspberry Pi? What is it good for?

We want to congratulate the creators for this invention and wish them the best of luck in the future. Ziphius wishes Pi a happy birthday!

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Virtual Aquariums

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Have you seen a cute virtual aquarium like this? Maybe you’ve already passed through one when shopping. They exist in a lot of places, from event halls to outdoor public spaces, serving their purpose of both entertainment and costumer increase.

The Virtual Aquarium is a social, pet-raising simulator that enables you to create your own pet fish (body and fin format, eye type, pattern, colors…) and then name it and release it into the virtual world. Then you have to be a responsible owner and take care of your pet nicely, so it stays healthy. Remember Tamagotchi or The Sims game? This is sort of an aquatic version of those games and it’s proving to be a success all over the world!

We are very pleased and proud about this project because it is produced by our parent company YDreams. It all comes up from the idea that “the gamification of cultural and retail spaces”, as stated by António Câmara, the YDreams’ CEO, “is a dominant trend”, with crescent popularity. 

The great news here is that from all the YDreams aquariums across the world, there are already 50.000 virtual fish, all created thanks to your creative minds 😉

If we got you interested, see if any of these places are near your area of residence:

Marmara Forum, Istanbul, Turkey

mfi Shopping Center, Munich, Germany

Höfe am Brühl, Leipzig, Germany

Forum Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Boulevard Londrina Shopping, Londrina, Brazil

If you live too far away, you can always check the website to see the millions of other smashing works produced by YDreams. The company has been responsible for developing various other projects that privilege the connection between the virtual and the real. 

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Did you know?

In the last 4 months, we’ve tested 12 batteries and 5 different models. To ensure Ziphius’ power is enough for your fun!

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