Massimo Banzi and Mike Senese of Make Magazine met up early in the morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center coffee shop and had at chat about consumer electronics, crowd funding campaigns, Atmel’s booth and Arduino at CES! Watch the video below:
Back from Wearable Futures in London, I’d like to share a project seen at the Futures 10 exhibition during the last day of the event as it opens up some of the complexities of the issue around big data, surveillance and wearables.
“Open Informant” by Superflux attempts to confront the unsettling realties of surveillance in a networked age. It’s composed by an app, a digital fabricated wearable container of an e-ink badge and it’s powered by Arduino Pro Mini. The Open Informant App scans your data looking for triggered words, containing a selection of those usually searched by state security services, and broadcasts fragments of texts to the badge via bluetooth:
Using the body as an instrument for protest, the badge becomes a means of rendering our own voice visible in an otherwise faceless technological panopticon. By openly displaying what is currently taken by forceful stealth, we question the intrusive forms of mass surveillance adopted by democratic nations on its own citizenry, and in the process, shift the conversation around wearables from being about you and your body as machine, to the culture of machine intelligence and algorithmic monitoring.
The team working on it ( Jon Ardern, Yosuke Ushigome, Anab Jain) shared all aspects of the badge’s design and construction on Github!
Starting thursday the 3rd of October, Maker Faire Rome is finally opening in the italian capital, gathering hundreds of makers from all over Europe. We’ve been working on it for some months together with Riccardo Luna and Asset Camera team: finally it’s time to enjoy the moment.
On thursday you can attend the conference “How to reMake the World” with Riccardo Luna and Massimo Banzi, curators of the Faire, along with international guests including David John Gauntlett, Raffaello D’Andrea, Dale Dougherty and many more. It’ll be a total immersion in the universe of 3D printing, open source electronics and the culture of making. Discover all the speakers at this link.
You can visit Arduino booth (Zone D2) during the weekend where you’ll find a series of one-to-one stations for different level of knowledge, from beginners to pro. You’ll be able to explore together with Officine Arduino/FablabTorino crew:
Many people have been asking and the answer is YES! There will be an Arduino Store selling most of the Arduino products at the Faire (Arduino Yún included!). You’ll find also some other interesting products like kits from Make, O’Reilly books, Little Bits, kits by Prusa, Ultimaker, Plug&Wear and more.
Starting at the conference, there will be Massimo Banzi, all the other Arduino’s founders (Tom Igoe, David Mellis, David Cuartielles, Gianluca Martino) and Officine Arduino/Fablab Torino crew participating to panels, talks and debates. Check Maker Faire program in the next days to learn about the details. Don’t miss this chance to have your board autographed!
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This year, once again we are participating at World Maker Faire for the whole weekend. You can come and visit our booth at the Hall of Science. We’ll have 4 hands-on demo tables allowing you to know more about Arduino boards, try using the IDE and experiment with the hardware yourself.
We’ll be demonstrating the new Arduino Yún and how to use Temboo. We also set up a special table to experiment with the Arduino Robot and allow visitors to try its wonderful capabilities live.
On Saturday afternoon there’ll be a couple of presentations you can attend:
- Massimo Banzi: The state of Arduino
Where: Innovation Stage
When: Saturday 2:30 PM 3:00 PM
- Michael Shiloh: Getting Started With the Arduino Yún
Where: Electronics Stage
When: Saturday 4:30 PM 5:00 PM
Looking forward to see you all at the Electronic Pavillion, ZONE C (check out the Makerfaire MAP in PDF)
The greatest show and tell on earth is coming to Rome next October and it’s now time to organize and register to the events!
This is the agenda of MakerFaire Rome:
Check out the video below to see why you shouldn’t miss this event:
Smart Textiles Salon was the last event of the Smart Textiles Week organized by the Textile department of the University of Ghent in the beautiful town of Ghent, in Belgium at the beginning of June:
Smart Textiles Salon is an attempt to bring topical research in the field of Smart Textiles to the stage and showcase it to the world. We wanted to make clear that Smart Textiles are not only existing in research projects, but that the potential for market introduction is huge already today. This should be recognized and taken to the next level.
Our friends Riccardo Marchesi (Inntex and Plug&wear) and Giulia Tomasello (Ruah project), took part to the event and sent us a short report highlighting with words and pictures some cool projects they encountered during the days at the Salon.
The Smart Textiles Week started with a three-day workshop during which prof. Lieva Van Langenhove (part of the organizing committee) and her staff illustrated the latest technologies and achievements in this field of research. There was also a practical workshop, during which participants challenged themselves to assemble a soft fabric circuit.
At Smart Textiles Salon, part of the Systex European action to demonstrate the potential of smart textiles, 70 people from major Universities, Research Labs, design studios and companies, met to show their prototypes and to discuss about their new achievements, each of them being textile-based or compatible with intelligent textile systems.
The following is a list of selected design-oriented projects that brought us to your attention:
- UNLACE, by Eef Lubbers from TU/e, winner of the Systex Student Award 2012, is an interactive lace lingerie garment that allows partners to connect by becoming more aware of touch, time and warmth.
- Soft/Mesh, by Olga Sjöroos and Jussi Mikkonen, from Aalto University, that created 3D printed structure as a relatively equal subsitute to a fabric.
- PeR+ by Eva Deckers, from TU/e, that developed an interactive and intelligent carpet, sensitive to the activity of the person.
- Strokes&Dots, by Valérie Lamontagne, that introduced her line of smart garments designed to be DIY-assembled
- Your Balance, by Barbro Scholz, an interactive, textile jewelry with the inspiration taken from insects.
- Baroesque Barometric Skirt, by Rain Ashford from Goldsmiths University of London, a skirt able to visualize environmental data collected from four sensors.
- Trasendense, by Galina Mihaleva, Nanyang Technological University, an interactive dress that communicates with its wearer by translating the body’s movement into a corresponding light pattern.
- Solar Fiber, by Marina Toeters and others, a flexible photovoltaic fiber able to transform sunlight energy into electrical energy.
You can have a look at more pictures on this flickr gallery.
Thanks to Giulia for the pictures and Riccardo for the text!
We were invited by Eric Pan from Seeedstudio (thanks Eric for the good time!). The Maker Faire has been a priceless experience to get in touch with the chinese maker community, as well as networking with different Chinese and Chinese-based maker companies creating interesting contents & products.
We finally inaugurated our very first official Weibo account, and shared chinese materials about Arduino. You could come and play with the Esplora as well as code your very own interface, Thanks to our friend Federico Musto and Anna Kao for the help. and Maling and Terry who volunteered for us in the booth giving Arduino goodies and pins to a ton of interested chinese makers and curious. Zack Smith, working now in the HAXLR8R, joined us for some help to test his chinese language. There has been many speeches and presentations (as well as an Arduino workshop held by Guo Haoyun, the chinese translator of Getting Started With Arduino), and all of a sudden I understood I have to learn chinese (!).
The guys of Haxlr8r showed us their cool creations: Haxlr8r is a startup incubator taking cool ideas and startups from around the world and helping them developing and fine tuning their own product (solve all the puzzles in developing a project, 3 to 6 month) for production here in China. They are based closed to the world famous SEG Electronics Market, widely portrayed from Bunnie Wang in this post and from Evil Mad Scientist here.
On Sunday (totally drained out from the previous day) we teamed up with the Trasfabric “Hacked Better” workshop, we visited Chaihuo Makerspace in OCT where Tom Igoe, Zack Hoeken Smith, Gao Lei, Eric Pan (Seeedstudio) talked about maker movement and DIY culture in China, with Silvia Lindtner (ISTC & Fudan University) and Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai), organizers of the workshop.
I had the cool opportunity to sit back and listen to many interesting facts and odd metaphors, joining the informal panel. The main idea which came out is looking at the city of Shenzen like the place to be for producing (open) hardware right now, perfectly represented in a cool metaphor of Eric:
Shenzen is the Hollywood of hardware products, where big companies are just like the big Majors: that’s where independent, low-budget movies come out. (movies = products, boards).
Zack and Eric, as well as Tom, talked about the the value of Brand, both as Market Identity and Responsibility. Zack: It looks a bit like a recipe. Hambuger. Everybody makes an hamburger. You can go to McDonald / Burger King or in the finest place. You can make it yourself. What are you hungry for? Basically open sour(c)e hardware can get everybody be the very personal cook of themselves, or at least acknowledges, with different tools and know-hows, the audience (maker movement, kids, any of us).
What are you hungry for?
P.S. please keep an eye on the Transfabric blog to a more comprehensive and less informal sum-up of the workshop, I’m just the one who loves Cinema, Hamburger and Open Source Hardware.
If you happen to come to Milano this week the city is hosting a lot of events organized in different locations for the 6-day Salone del Mobile dedicated mainly to furniture design but offering a lot of other initiatives taking place around 4 main areas like: the fair, Zona Tortona, VenturaLambrate and Brera.
In the last couple of years some events related to the makers’ culture have started to pop-up during the Salone and we have something coming up too!
Officine Arduino will be at Salone Satellite (created in 1998 for the express purpose of bringing together young designers under 35 and this 15th edition is putting the focus to ‘Design Technology’) with an installation called La Bottega Digitale where workshops, meetings and exhibition of 5 projects will show to visitors the digital-fabrication approach to design. Here you can check the agenda and book your participation.
This is one of the new projects you’ll find when visiting us at the fair, it’s called Spruzzo, an open source sprouter based on shared knowledge:
Right near Zona Tortona also we co-organized with some friends We Make Open-Design, an event all focused on open-design. It’s going to exhibit 6 projects which have codes and schemes released on the web, made mostly with digital fabrication techniques , just like OpenMirror by DigitalHabits. (3 of the projects will be presented during Popupmakers Speciale Salone )
During the week will be offering free workshops on 3dprinting, Arduino Tinkerkit and Cut&Fold design. The week will end on Sunday with a final event dedicated to Makerfaire Rome. You are invited to join us for a brunch with Massimo Banzi, Giorgio Olivero and Alessandro Masserdotti to chat around open design approaches and the makers’ revolution (check the eventbrite page to book your ticket). Stay Tuned!
Al periodico appuntamento con l’elettronica amatoriale presso Modena Fiere, che oggi e domani (19-20 Gennaio) ospita Expo Elettronica, i makers e gli hobbysti emiliano-romagnoli non possono rimanere delusi per il calibro degli ospiti in programma. Officine Arduino, assieme ai ragazzi del FabLab di Reggio Emilia, offrono un’occasione unica per confrontarsi con il mondo dei makers e con la prototipazione DIY, grazie a numerose varianti di stampanti 3D esposte e funzionanti, assieme alla possibilità di provare e “toccare con mano” alcune delle novità più interessanti del mondo Arduino, come l’Arduino DUE.
Lo stand del FabLab di Reggio Emilia.
Alcune delle novità più interessanti riguardano i prossimi eventi in programma, fra cui troviamo l’importante “Makre Faire – The European Edition”, che verrà ospitata per la prima volta in Italia nei giorni 3-6 Ottobre 2013 a Roma e che vedrà coinvolta l’intera comunità di makers provenienti da tutta Europa. Fra gli eventi in programma vi saranno conferenze, workshop hands-on e numerosi speech, in aggiunta alla fiera “vera e propria” che si terrà nel week-end.
Per partecipare come espositori, a partire dal 18 Febbraio si aprirà una “Call for makers” alla quale chiunque sia interessato potrà inviare la propria candidatura e i propri progetti, che verranno accuratamente selezionati per costituire il programma delle numerose esposizioni previste. Stay tuned sull’home page della fiera per i prossimi aggiornamenti!
Fra gli imminenti eventi in calendario elenchiamo il prossimo Workshop Base di Arduino che si terrà i giorni 26-27 Gennaio a Reggio Emilia, presso il FabLab “Spazio Gerra”. Le iscrizioni sono ancora aperte, ma i posti ancora disponibili sono limitati! Accorrete numerosi!
Il prossimo fine settimana Officine Arduino si trasferisce a Modena in occasione della Fiera dell’Elettronica.
[...] Fab Lab Reggio Emilia, Officine Arduino e Kentstrapper allestiranno il Mo.Ma FabLab; uno spazio a disposizione dei maker allestito con alcune stampanti 3D Galileo Next e una ShareBot Pro con doppio estrusore, un laser cutter, una fresa e un kinect per scansione 3D. All’interno del temporary FabLab di Mo.Ma troveranno spazio una serie di attività in cui il pubblico sarà invitato ad interagire ed approfondire le tematiche legate al framework Arduino e alla stampa in 3D, grazie ai suggerimenti degli esperti.
Sono almeno tre i motivi per partecipare:  il sopracitato temporary fablab cercherà di offrire una sintesi delle potenzialità che questi moderni laboratori offrono,  Officine Arduino porterà una serie di progetti (che non sveliamo ancora), oltre ai prodotti dello store (avremo lo Starter Kit e la Arduino Due, ma anche l’Arduino Esplora e chissà cos’altro) e ci sarà la possibilità di comprare gli ultimi posti del workshop di Arduino della settimana successiva al Fablab di Reggio Emilia. Ultimo e  più importante motivo: lo stand di modena makers sarà la prima occasione confronto sulla prossima Maker Faire Europea che verrà ospitata a Roma nel 2013; ad esporla Costantino Bongiorno in due talk, alle 15:00 ed alle 17:00 del sabato.
See you there!
Nice format and nice look: good job.
The core of our story is the life of Massimo Banzi, and the region in which he was born: the Canavese area. In particular, the city of Ivrea, a veritable Mecca of Italian informatics, where Olivetti had its headquarters. The more we discovered their world, the more it became clear that this story was not only about silicon and circuits: it was about their shared excitement and their curiosity, like kids playing with their favorite toy.
(BTW, Massimo is not from Ivrea, but I guess Ivrea’s Mayor is going to give him and the Arduino Team the honorary citizenship)
via [Wired Italia]
[Timothy Zandelin], a 15 years old Arduino enthusiast has sent us his first Arduino Project, an arcade interface based on Arduino Leonardo.
The cabinet is made of 4mm HDF and were laser cut at “Fabriken” in Malmö. The red arcade sign in the top is produced in 5mm translucent acrylic. All design and construction drawings were made in Illustrator. I used an Arduino Leonardo to connect the joystick, buttons and the LED light. The game installed, Superstar Chefs, is an old game developed by my dad’s cousins.
On the other hand, Timothy also built his own prototyping board to learn about how to use different inputs and outputs.
My prototype board was made with Fritzing.
- 6 green 3mm LED’s,
- 11 resistors (6 330 ohm, 4 10K ohm and one 100 ohm),
-1 dip8 socket with an ATtiny45,
- 1 potentiometer,
- 4 pushbutton and header sockets.
I created this prototype board to easily get started with Arduino.
Timothy, welcome on board!
We advice most of our readers interested in interaction design & creative coding willing to network in this field to give a look at the Push Conference, held at the end of this month in Munich.
push.conference is a unique two-part event for the interactive field. push.ux connects designers and developers of outstanding user interfaces, while push.inspiration unites creative coders and designers experimenting with innovative technologies.
via [Push Conference]
Chi di voi fosse interessato ad approfondire il discorso #makers italiani ha un mese di tempo per entrare in possesso del numero di Wired in edicola: Re-Made Italy.
In copertina campeggia il Massimo nazionale con una chiave inglese, strumento che evidentemente non usa da anni ma che evoca il mondo dello smanettìo / making più del saldatore a stagno (quello sì, lo usa).
Wired – oltre a fare un bel ritratto dell’uomo ha dedicato un piccolo reportage ad Officine Arduino e a Fablabtorino. Interessante l’approfondimento sul futuro del lavoro, tema a noi estremamente caro.
Hamburg Maker Meeting 2012, which took place last week and involved about 200 visitors and more than 20 exhibitors, has been a fantastic opportunity to meet and share experience regarding several topics, such as 3D printing, hacking, retro gaming and so on. At the Attraktor Makerspace, several projects have been presented and demonstrated by their inventors, among which we highlight a very nice Arduino-based floppy drive organ that has been employed to play the Tetris game theme.
Moreover, among the others events planned for the meeting, a special sneak-preview session allowed all the interested people to get some insights on the new Arduino Due board, released a couple of days ago.
More information can be found on the homepage of the meeting.