Happy 10th Anniversary, FPCT!

Hi guys! Today I come to talk about the Science and Technology Park Foundation where we are located and where we have our offices. 😉

This year is their tenth anniversary and they will be exhibiting a video about the Foundation, the Science and Technology Park at an event today. For them, the activity in the Science and Technology Park only makes sense if it shows the work done by the companies and researchers working here. And that’s why they wanted to count on us to show up at the video I mentioned earlier!

 

This Foundation is the common point that Start-Ups and research centres can have. It has more than 50 companies based on innovation, technology and development. It was launched on June 17, 2008 after having built its headquarters in the University Campus of Tafira, where we work. They also have locations in Telde, Arucas and Gáldar (here in Gran Canaria, for those who don’t know our island). Its main objectives are to promote a culture of innovation, encourage the emergence of networks, increase competitiveness and manage R+D. 🙂

For our part, we are glad with the facilities and all the possibilities and advantages that have been offered to us by being part of the Foundation. Congratulations for this 10 years! We hope that there will be many more and that they will count on us to continue growing.

And I’ll see you guys next week! Have a nice weekend 😛

Happy Canary Islands Day!

Good morning guys! As you can see from the title, in the Canary Islands we are celebrating and today we want to tell you a little about our history and culture!

Every year, on 30th May, we commemorate the anniversary of the first session of the Canary Islands Parliament, and in 2018 we celebrate our 35th anniversary! Our archipelago (group of islands) has 7 main islands and some islets. As you know, we are located in Gran Canaria, on the islands closest to the African continent. Our islands, of volcanic origin, are recognized as the largest and most populous archipelago in our region. We have a subtropical climate (although you can already see that in the photos we have shown you) and we have four national parks and all the islands have UNESCO biosphere reserves, and others have World Heritage sites. 🙂

As for the traditional Canarian costume, it changes slightly depending on the island you are on, but women usually wear long skirts in different colours and patterns, a corset, a long waist-high scarf and a hat called a “cachorro” (in English means “puppy”); while men wear a matching shirt and trousers, a sash (usually red or coloured), a vest and a conical helmet adorned with tassels. 😉

Our food is incredible. The best known of our islands are the following:
· Potatoes with mojo (Papas con mojo)
· Gofio (Roasted corn flour)
· Goat cheese (especially from Fuerteventura)
But, even though they are the best known dishes, it doesn’t mean we don’t have more! You can also try our Tirma chocolate bar or our delicious party nougats! 😛

And if you want more, you can always come visit us 😉 See you soon!

 

Working in the sun

Good morning guys! Since the good weather is coming and we like to show off 😉 , we are going to show you what our team in Gran Canaria does every day.

Some of you have probably already seen some of these photos in our Instagram, but if not, follow us by clicking here.

 

 

Usually, when we arrive at the office we find ourselves with views like the ones you can see in the picture above, with the sun shining on top of us! Great time for our daily meeting, don’t you think? 😉

 

 

In these meetings we talk about what we want to do in the day to start it as a team and help us in our projects. This also helps us to motivate ourselves on a day-to-day basis and achieve our goals more easily.

Then, we each go back to our place and get to work until lunchtime, and when our bellies are already full… it’s time to free the beast! We play a few games of table-football to return to work afterward 😛

 

 

After that, we go back to our projects! And well, that’s more or less our daily routine, in general. See you next week, have a great weekend 🙂

Our first tutorial!!

Do you remember Giovanni from the Face Recognition project? Well, he is here today to do a little tutorial for us!

We wondered how the mobile app of this project could be cooler and one of the ideas we came up with was this: AN ANIMATED SPLASH SCREEN!!

 

 

In this post we will talk about the first steps you have to follow. We want to do a GIF of our Smart Green Island logo as you can see in the previous image. First the island appears, and then the words contained in the logo will appear.

To animate the logo, first you have to use a photo edition program.

To select the letters and separate them from the background, we will use the “Magic Wand” (you also can press W in your keyboard) as you can see here:

And then, clicking the letters and pressing Ctrl + J you create new layers like these ones:

And you will have something like these:

In our case, we exported the images in .png and then we create a file .html in reference to the images. Here you can copy the code:

 <ion-content>
 <divclass="parent">
 <imgclass="island_background"src="./Gran Canaria verde.png">
 <imgclass="smart_text"src="./smart.png">
 <imgclass="green_text"src="./green.png">
 <imgclass="island_text"src="./island.png">
 </div>
 </ion-content>

Afterwards, for the animation, we will create a .scss:

With the first image (island_background), the island without letters in our case, we write this

.island_background {
position: relative;
top: 0;
left: 0;
z-index: 1;
padding-top: 18%;
opacity: 0;
transform: rotate3d(1, 1, 0, 50deg);
animation: 1s0.2sease fadeInAndSpin;
animation-fill-mode: forwards;
}

And then you can copy this for the rest of the images. Like here:

.smart_text {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
z-index: 1;
padding-top: 18%;
opacity: 0;
animation: 1s0.4slinear fadeIn;
animation-fill-mode: forwards;
}

.green_text {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
z-index: 1;
padding-top: 18%;
opacity: 0;
animation: 1s0.6slinear fadeIn;
animation-fill-mode: forwards;
}

.island_text {
 position: absolute;
 top: 0;
 left: 0;
 z-index: 2;
 padding-top: 18%;
 opacity: 0;
 animation: 1s 0.8s linear fadeIn;
 animation-fill-mode: forwards;
 }

That’s all for this post, in one of the next ones we will tell you more about this. Stay tuned! See you 😉

This is our GardenBot!

A few weeks ago, we told you about the Face Recognition System that is installed in our Smart Villa and we told you there were more projects there… So today we’re going to tell you about another one: our GardenBot! 🙂

David, who is in charge of the project, has given us a short summary of everything it does and how it works:

We started last summer with the GardenBot, that is a robot which takes care of your garden autonomously. It water the plants, measure the soil moisture to check the progress, it plants different crops that you have preselected, like Cherrry tomatoes, chilly peppers, strawberries, lettuces and arugulas (as we have 😉 )… It is powered by solar pannels, taking advantage of our great sunny weather 😎.

We use the GardenBot by connecting to the website to control and configure the robot using the popular protocol mqtt. The robot is made of many parts printed with our 3D printers. It is working with a Raspberry Pi that comunicates with the website and gets the information (commands, what to do in during the day…). For the control of the motors and the sensors we simply you use an arduino.

If you have any questions regarding the project, just comment it bellow! See you next week 🙂

The faces behind the Social Media

Good morning guys! How was your week? Today we are going to find out who we are behind the Marketing team. 🙂

María was doing her internship with us for three months and now she is going to México! She is studying two careers at the same time, Tourism and Business Administration and Management. She’s a very cheerful girl with a lot of creativity. She was making photos for Instagram and she brought us new ideas to make the company known on social media, it was super funny having her working with us. We hope we will see her very soon!

On the other hand, there’s me. I am a Marketing Technician. I consider myself a curious girl with a great desire to learn new things every day. I also like to bring new ideas to the “Crazy thinking” department we have in the company and I usually take care of accounting and administration details. Ah! And I also write the posts every week. 😉

 

And, well, nice to meet you all, see you soon 😛

ProjectMI5 goes Virtual Reality!

What’s up guys! Today I’m going to introduce you Goretti 😊 She is our new girl in our ProjectMi5 team!! She studied at ULPGC and she will move to Germany for learning there. She is very smart and loves artificial intelligence and machine learning. Also, she knows so much about Computer Science!!

 

 

On the other hand, we have Eric who is doing his final project with us, which is about an AirHockey game in Virtual Reality! He designed and developed a videogame for VR that will include communication with a robot. During the firsts drafts, he has faced some obstacles which have been successfully overcome. One of them was how the strickers looked like in the game. He uses C++ and Blue print for programming, communicate the VR with the computer and in general, to create the game.

 

 

As you can see, we have a lot of fun here working, so see you on next week! 🙂

Our Face Recognition project!

Last week I told you about our search for more brilliant minds to join us in our daily lives, and today, I want to tell you about the brilliant minds we already have in our company.

We are creating a recognition system to put it in our Smart Villa! We want the villa to be automatic and with this and other projects we are working in, we are sure it will be an awesome place to be.

These are the guys who are developing the project:

 

 

Daniel and Giovanni have shown us what is the project about and I’m going to give you a little summary:

Face Recognition is a program related with Home Automation that will be placed in our Smart Villa, and it has functions like, as it is called, it recognise you, you can leave messages to other users, it can show information about the house in which is placed, and, also, connected with another project we are doing, you can know the temperature of the house, the weather and things like that. It is amazing, no? 🙂

We are doing an app for mobiles so you can register your name, take a photo so the system recognise you, leave messages as I said… And we are trying to make the site fit both mobile and PC too.

Here you can see the firsts drafts:

You can use it for your own house or in hotels, or in business too! Right now, most of all, we want to change the detection sensor and improve the interface with more ideas, but we still have a long way to reach our goal. We will talk about it again when we have it more advanced.

As you can see, we do cool things here 😉 Have a nice weekend, see you!

In search of more brilliant minds

Hi surfers of internet! How was your week?

Today, I’m going to talk about our team and our company, and, if you like it, I hope you can share this little post with your friends and family 😉

We are a little international family of engineers who learn new things everyday. We face challenges that test our habilitites, our creativity and sometimes our patience. All of us try to collaborate with each other in the projects and that is why we are going to do daily stand-ups to help each other in our projects!

We are motivated everyday to do our best, so if you are a software, electronics, mechanical, robotics or mechatronic engineer, feel free to join us. We want you to have ambition to find solutions for the upcoming enviromental and technological challenges you can face, and when you reach your goal, you can do two things: improve it or search for another challenge that can help you to grow as an engineer.

We have the “freedom” to create new things, but, obviously, that doesn’t mean you can be lazy 😛 We want to embrace areas as Autonomous Driving, Smart Homes, Smart Farming, Smart Mobility, Connected Systems and above all, we want to be in a Smart Green Island, that is why we believe in Green Energy and we want to take advantage of nature’s resources and thus live with it.

We are open to new ideas and to new people 😉 , so if you are interested in join us, contact us at hola@stetter-itq.com

Amazing people with us!!

Hi guys, how is it going? 🙂 Some weeks ago, we incorporated three new members to our team, and I am going to introduce them to you!

First, we have Jesús. We is form Lanzarote and staying a few weeks in our Las Palmas office he went for working in one of our teams in Germany! He came to an interview and he passed all the tests we put him, and now look where is he!! He is the person with the most contagious laugh, and his love for his cats is something that surprises you. We are looking forward to see him very soon!! Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of him right now, but as soon as he comes back to Gran Canaria we will show you a photo of him 😉

Afterwards, we have Luis, we met him in the Makeathon. He is from Sevilla, and he is going to work in Germany in a team with Jesús in a few weeks! He is super hardworking and effective, after a short while he always finds a great solution for his tasks! Also, he is kind and caring, he always has a smile in his face!

Last but not least, we have Eric, our German guy is working and doing his internship with us. We moved him from Schwäbisch Gmünd to Las Palmas and we also met him at the Makeathon! He is working with virtual reality, it is super funny, just as him! 😊

All of them are the best in what they do, that’s why they are working with us 😉 That’s all for today, hope you have an awesome week, see you!!