Archive for the ‘MakerFaire’ Category

A Nation of Makers at Maker Faire White House today

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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To celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with new technologies and techniques, today the President Of United States, Barack Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire , and has proclaimed June 18 as National Day of Making. The event is featuring Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. (more…)

Last 2 days for #Call4Makers – Bring your project next October in Rome

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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The MakerFaire Rome Call for Makers runs until June the 15th, so you should be quick as we are only a couple of days away from final deadline!
If you’ve got an awesome project you want to show off to thousands of people in the capital of Italy, this is your moment.
The Call for Makers originally was due to close on the 25th of May, but we knew you needed some extra time to finalise your project, and we’ve extended it to next Sunday, June the 15ht, 2014 at midnight (CEST) and this is the final last call.

You can submit your project right now on this page and let us know it via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #Call4Makers and #MFR14.

Speakers, makers village and projects: Maker Faire Rome takes off

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Riccardo Luna, co-curator of Maker Faire Rome has just revealed the first list of speakers confirming their presence next October! You have some more days to submit your project, deadline extended until 15th of June.

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Today, together with Massimo Banzi, we have some important news to share with you. There are big novelties at the second annual European Maker Faire in Rome (actually, there will be many more within the next few days as you will see…).

The first one is the list of speakers for the opening conference on October 2. It is not complete, other names will be added, but already we can say: it is an incredible list.

We are delighted to announce the presence of, among others, Cory Doctorow, who, here, on this blog, does not even need to be introduced; artist Neil Harbisson; scientist Ellen Jorgensen, who will discuss genetic hacking; the very young Joey Hudy will be back and, this time, Super-Awesome Sylvia will also come; and the Dutch robot music band TeamDARE. (more…)

MakerFaire Rome: the european call for makers is online! Join us

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Maker Faire 2014

 

It’s time to start tinkering on new projects or pimp-up some old ones because MakerFaire Rome is calling!

Last year it was an overwhelming experience for all of us: more than 35.000 people from all over the world gathered for the first edition of the European edition of MakerFaire. Around 24o makers presented their projects ( 60% from Italy and 40% from the rest of the continent) and showed to a crowd of enthusiasts and newbies  the impact of open source community and DIY on our lives. (more…)

Turning encryption On with Light Cryptalk

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Light Crytpalk is an Enigma machine implemented by Michele Lizzit with Arduino Due. Enigma machines have an historical meaning as they were  used in 20th century to enciphering and deciphering secret messages and were adopted by military and government services of several countries.

We met Michele during Maker Faire Rome and he received a Maker of Merit badge directly from Massimo Banzi:

The idea of the Maker Faire project came to me when Google dedicated a doodle to Alan Turing. Reading on Wikipedia his story I’ve learned about the Enigma machine. This project was initially realized to be presented as final project of Middle School (junior high – seventh grade). In the first version I used Xbee to transmit and cryptography was just a table substitution.

He chose to use the Arduino DUE because it allows hosting a USB keyboard in order to write the messages to be sent.

Michele Lizzit

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Arduino at Maker Faire Rome on video

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Arduino at Makerfaire Video

 

Three weeks after Maker Faire Rome we’d like to share with you some memories of those special days with a short video featuring  Massimo Banzi commenting on the big news announced during the fair, but also Riccardo Luna, David Cuartielles, Sherry Huss, Jennifer Turliuk, Leah Buechley, David Gauntlett …

And as an introduction to it I borrow the words Massimo uses towards the end of his interview in the video:

People often think Arduino is all about making electronic boards. But actually, helping organise a big event like this, working for two years to get partners to be able to create a Maker Faire  for the whole of Europe and achieving the result of getting more than 200 makers and thousands of visitors to the same place to talk about the maker movement and facilitating collaboration in Europe, is sometimes much more important than creating yet another electronic board.

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Arduino DUE, gShield and TinyG enhance desktop CNC performance

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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TinyG2 is a cross-platform ARM Port of the TinyG motion control system that runs on the Arduino Due. It can be used with the gShield to build a high performance 3 axis motion control system.

G2 has a number of advanced features, including

  • 6 axis motion control – XYXABC axes
  • Can control up to 6 motors (3 are on the gShield)
  • Jerk controlled acceleration planning – S curves using 3rd order motion planning
  • RESTful interface using JSON – talks directly to Javascript, Python and other languages over USB

During World Maker Faire in NYC we met Alden Hart. He is part of Synthetos where they built TinyG and the grblshield and experiment on other cool stuff for the hacker/maker community: (more…)

Amazing moments at Maker Faire Rome: thank you for participating!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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We spent intense moments in the past days, together with all the Arduino crew, makers from all over the world and around 40.000 visitors coming to Italy for the first Maker Faire Rome European Edition! It was amazing to finally meet with part of the European community of makers in real life : we are back home now with a suitcase full of awesomeness, faces, voices, projects, contacts, ideas and new enthusiasm.

This blogpost to say thank you to everyone collaborating on this project (Riccardo Luna, Asset Camera, Makezine Crew, sponsors and partners..), to all the makers putting so much effort into explaining to a wide public what it means to be a maker, to all the visitors being curious and happy to learn new things during workshops and talks.

Below we share our set of Flickr, if you have some cool pictures to show us, post the link in the comments! And stay tuned for more to come :)

A sneak preview of Arduino TRE powered by Texas Instruments

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Arduino TRE

Next saturday  5th of October Massimo Banzi with Jason Kridner and Gerald Coley (Texas Instrument) will talk about the new collaboration on Arduino TRE during a talk at Maker Faire Rome ( from 15.30 in Room G – Archimede).

Arduino TRE, based on the Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor is the “most powerful Arduino to date” and the first that will be able to run “full Linux.”

Thanks to the 1-GHz Sitara AM335x processor, Arduino developers get up to 100 times more performance with the Sitara-processor-based TRE than they do on the Arduino Leonardo or Uno. This performance opens the doors to more advanced Linux-powered applications. The Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino can run high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.

The Arduino TRE is two Arduinos in one: the Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino, while leveraging the simplicity of the Arduino software experience. The integration of the AVR Arduino enables the Arduino TRE to use the existing shield ecosystem so that innovators can expand the Arduino TRE to develop a wide range of high-performance applications such as 3D printers, gateways for building automation and lighting automation, telemetry hubs that collect data from nearby sensors wirelessly, and other connected applications that require host control plus real-time operations.  (more…)

Follow Maker Faire Rome conference live streaming

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Maker Faire Streaming

Starting  this morning at the “How to ReMake the World” opening conference,  Maker Faire Rome starts inspiring us with a series of talks you can watch from home following the streaming at this link. (Italian and english language available)

10:00 Morning Session
Stefano Venditti and Dale Dougherty – Welcome to Rome and to Maker Faire

Joey Hudy – Do not Be Bored

David Gauntlett – Making is Connecting

Mark Frauenfelder – Making Makers: News Tools and Technologies Driving a Movement

Leah Buechley – Art, Craft, and Technology: Five years of High-Low Tech

Josef Prusa – RepRap and its community

Enrico Dini – Think Big Print Big

Bruce Sterling – From da Vinci to Banzi

Alice Taylor – Taking 3D-Printed Consumer Goods to the Mainstream: Tales from the Frontline

Jennifer Turliuk – How to ReMake the World by Making with Kids

Stefan Hechenberger – Lasersaur – Your 3D printer needs a friend, a laser cutter

Peter Troxler – Fab Labs in Europe: Personal Fabrication vs. Social Experiment

Surprise chat con Massimo Banzi e Brian Krzanich ispirata da Dale Dougherty

Maurizio Capone – Performance

13:00 End of Morning Session

15:00 Afternoon Session

Jack Andraka – My 3 cents on pancreatic cancer

Nina Maria Tandon – Body 3.0

Marco Astorri – Bio plastica elettroconduttiva: dagli scarti agricoli ai devices elettronici del futuro

Nurit Bar-Shai – Socializing with Bacteria

Massimo Menichinelli – The emergence of Open Design

Giorgio Sancristoforo – Performance

Raffaello D’Andrea – Pure Engineering: Decoupling Technical Innovation from Utility

Filippo Sala – Ferrari solare

Luciano Belviso

Ionut Budisteanu – Using Artificial Intelligence to create a low cost self-driving car

Carlo De Micheli – Open Source Vehicle, what it takes to make it real

Tomas Diez – From Fab Labs to Fab Cities

Emiliano Cecchini – A Total Off Grid way of living in a Box

Sam Muirhead – Zero to Maker in One Year: A Year of living Open Source

Marco Zoppi – Performance