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MakerFaire Rome is getting closer: get your discount ticket!

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Makerfaire Rome

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:

  • Thursday 3rd October- Opening Conference “How to Remake the World” with special guests like Joey Hudy, Dale Dougherty,  Leah Buechley, David Gauntlett and many more! Get your free ticket >>
  • Friday 4th October – Educational Day – Entrance for registered schools only – If you are a teacher and want to visit MakerFaire with your class book your reservations here (only in italian)
  • Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October – MakerFaire Rome days with over 200 projects from all over the world will be on show, including workshops, live demonstrations, and conference panels. Buy your ticket now >> (if you register by the 20th of September there’s a promotional code)

Check out the video below to see why you shouldn’t miss this event:

New infrared applications using Arduino at Mini MakerFaire Dublin (tomorrow!)

Friday, July 26th, 2013


The power of infrared light was widely and best appreciated with invention of television’s remote controls. The signal between a remote control handset and the device it controls, consists of pulses of infrared light, which is not visible to the human eye.

Tomorrow at MakerFaire Dublin you’ll we able to see the work of AnalysIR, a project that is taking this technology to a whole new level.

They implemented a Windows application which connects to an Arduino with the addition of an IR receiver and can decode new IR signals in a fraction of the time: no need for expensive Logic Analyzers or Oscilloscopes.

Here they are with their Indiegogo campaign:

At MakerFaire they will be showing some cool demos of what you can do with IR like generating electricity, seeing the invisible -Using iPhone & Android camera to check if TV remote is working, long range TV remote Control Demo Using Optics and many more applications for a total of 10 installations. Look out for them on Saturday!

Sneak Preview of Maker Faire Rome Projects -

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


Make the future with Arduino
projects map

( Originally published in Make)
In early July we spent a couple of days going through all of the submissions received to participate in Maker Faire Rome — the European Edition, taking place Oct. 3-6 in Italy. It was a great experience for us to discover makers’ projects from all around Europe, and the MakerTour gave us the chance to meet some of them and to produce 69 video clips to share this experience with all of you. You can watch the videos on the Maker Faire Rome channel on YouTube. Among those is a video of a visit to the Arduino factory in Ivrea.

On the blog we said thank you 320 times to everyone who submitted her or his ideas to Maker Faire Rome, and we published a map showing a total of 200 Italian projects and 120 from other countries participating in the Call for Makers, which ended on June 30.

To give you an idea of the diversity of projects we received, I chose three from Italy, France, and Spain. (more…)

Meet the maker – Afroditi experiments with embroidery, soft circuits and diy electronics

Monday, July 15th, 2013

afroditi psarra

The work of Afroditi Psarra includes experimentation with embroidery, soft circuit and diy electronics. I got in touch with her after discovering she was holding a workshop in Barcelona around sound performances using Lilypad Arduino along with a really cool embroidered synthesizer (…and also submitting her project to Maker Faire Rome !).

Even if her background is in fine arts, as a little girl she got interested in creative ways of expression: on one side she was lucky enough to have all sorts of after-school activities that included painting, theater games and learning but also how to program using LOGO and QBasic. That was in the days of black-and-white terminals and MS-DOS commands:

I still remember the excitement of not knowing what to expect at the opposite side of the screen. So for me, technology has always been a major part of my life.



Makertour in Torino for Arduino Camp and an exploration of the Arduino factory!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Makertour in Torino and Ivrea

Some days ago Makertour was in Torino to join the Arduino Camp organized by Officine Arduino and hosted by  Fablab Torino. Enrico Bassi, president of the Fablab, was interviewed by Makerfaire Rome crew around his experience in the “maker movement” and in the creation of the first  fablab in the city.


During the same trip the video-crew visited the factory where Arduino is manufactured and Davide Gomba reveals where does the “Arduino” name comes from! Watch it now:



The tiny computer taking the world by storm

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Massimo Banzi on abc news

A nice report on abc local news about Arduino and Maker Faire Bay Area with a short interview to Massimo Banzi saying: “Our angle is to really have people who have no experience in electronics and software, and make them able to create these kind of intelligent interactive objects”

Watch the video below, right after the break!


MakerFaire Rome: Call for Makers Extended to the 30th of June!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Call for makers extended

(message originally posted by Massimo Banzi on

Dear MakerFaire and Arduino friends,

In the past months we’ve been running around Europe with the Maker Faire tour to meet makers from many cities and for the first time we had a concrete perception that there’s a lot of tinkering and sharing in this part of the world.

I have to tell you a good news and I’d like to reach you all: we decided to extend the Call for Makers for some more days and allow you to defeat the procrastinator hiding in all of you ; )

The deadline to submit your application for Maker Faire Rome has now been extended to June 30. So don’t be shy or “lazy” ;) and join us with your project!

While our team is reading submitted applications until now, those who need more time will get some other days. So make the most of it and get your applications in NOW.

If you are a Maker, Performer or Presenter here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

– 3D Printing
- Robot
- Education
- Design
- Fashion
- Arduino
- Crafts
- Science
- Digital Fabrication
- Green
- Transportation
- Interaction
- Young Makers (under 16)

Remember that:

all the makers can post their questions and find an answer on the Arduino Forum, in the special section dedicated to MakerFaire Rome and follow all the news and updates in the social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Taipei MakerFaire 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Makerfaire Taipei

Some pictures of Arduino booth at MakerFaire Taipei!

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Taipei MakerFaire 2013, a set on Flickr.

Neil Gershenfeld a Roma, aspettando la Maker Faire Europea

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

 Neil Gershenfeld

Neil Gershenfeld, fondatore del Center for Bits and Atoms che ha dato vita all’idea di FABLAB, incontra i makers italiani all’Acquario Romano. In occasione di Atoms, Bits & People ci saranno anche Massimo Banzi, Riccardo Luna.  Per partecipare bisogna registrarsi gratuitamente, ma affrettatevi perchè i posti sono limitati e i makers sono tanti e molto interessati a partecipare.

L’evento è organizzato dall’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti d’America e dal Global Shapers Hub di Roma in collaborazione con World Wide Rome e  Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition

Dove: Roma, Italia
Quando: venerdì 24 maggio ore 18

Welcome Arduino Yún – the first member of a series of wifi products combining Arduino with Linux

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Arduino Yun - iso


Massimo Banzi announced it some minutes ago during his annual “The state of Arduino” presentation at Maker Faire Bay Area:  Arduino Yún  is the first of a revolutionary family of wifi products combining Arduino with Linux.

Yún means “cloud” in chinese language,  as the purpose of this board to make it simple to connect to complex web services directly from Arduino.

ArduinoYun - scheme

Designed in collaboration with Dog Hunter, a company with extensive experience with Linux, the board adopts the Linino distribution which provides signed packages to ensure the authenticity of the software installed on the device.

Historically, interfacing Arduino with complex web services has been quite a challenge due to the limited memory available and they tend to use verbose text based formats like XML that require quite a lot or ram to parse. On the Arduino Yún we have created the Bridge library which delegates all network connections and processing of HTTP transactions to the Linux machine.

Arduino Yún is the combination of a classic Arduino Leonardo (based on the Atmega32U4 processor) with a Wifi system-on-a-chip running Linino (a MIPS GNU/Linux based on OpenWRT). It’s based on the ATMega32u4 microcontroller and on the Atheros AR9331, a system on a chip running Linino, a customized version of OpenWRT, the most used Linux distribution for embedded devices.

Like a Leonardo, it has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 7 can be used as PWM outputs and 12 as analog inputs), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator and a micro USB connector.

Like any modern computer, it’s Wi-Fi enabled, it has a Standard-A type USB connector to which you can connect your USB devices and it has a micro-SD card plug, for additional storage.

The Yún ATMega32u4 can be programmed as a standard Arduino board by plugging it to your computer with the micro USB connector. And you can also program it via Wi-Fi.

When the Yún is turned on for the first time, it becomes an Access Point, creating a Wi-Fi network named “Arduino”. Open your browser and go to the webpanel: configure the board by entering your Wi-Fi network name, type and password. Click the “Configure” button to restart the board and have it join your home network. Opening the IDE, you’ll see it listed in the “Port” sub menu with its IP address instead of the serial port name.

Using the Bridge library in your sketches, you can link the 32u4 to Linux, launching programs and scripts, passing them parameters (sensor readings for example) and reading their output, thus creating a strong integration between the creativity of your sketch and the power of Linux. The Yún supports Shell and Python scripts out-of-the-box but you can install a wide range of open source software and tools.

For the Linux geek in you, Yún can be reached with SSH:  that means you’ll be able to customize it in whatever way. And you’ll always be able to reset it to its factory settings.

On top of that to make it even simpler to create complex applications we’ve partnered with the innovative startup Temboo which provides normalized access to 100+ APIs from a single point of contact allowing developers to mix and match data coming from multiple platforms (for example Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare but even FedEx or PayPal).

Arduino Yún will be available at the end of June at the price of 69$ + taxes.