Arduino Day Roma: call for volunteers, save the date!

cristina_mauri March 14, 2014

arduino day roma

Arduino Day  selected Rome as the official italian event, that will be held on March 29th at the triumphal Tempio di Adriano. The program of the day, developed by Officine Arduino and DiScienza, will include: an area for makers and open-source startups, free workshops for kids and free talks and demos about Arduino (click here for the program).

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Hack the Arduino Robot: the results are impressive! (And you can vote them)

dcuartielles March 12, 2014

Hackrobot

During the last months we’ve been involved with RS components in launching the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition. It has been a bit of a special competition where people would participate by posting their ideas and a committee of experts would choose which could be the most interesting challenges for the Arduino Robot to perform.

I was part of the committee and I am pleased to say that I am not disappointed. The level of the projects is in general pretty impressive, specially considering the amount of time they had to put into making something innovative. I am really thrilled about getting to know which team will be the one voted as the final winner of the challenge, I have my favorites, but I will not say publicly.

I think everyone should look at the videos just to see that robots can be so much more than whatever it is we conceptualized them for.

hackcompetition

Now it’s time to express your vote too: the likes of the videos on the playlist will be counted until 23rd of March 2014. The project with the most likes wins the community award!

The kitchen becomes OPEN during Milan’s design week!

Zoe Romano March 12, 2014

Kitchen Open Valcucine

Valcucine is making an open-call to select 10 individuals to participate in the 6-day event  during Salone del Mobile titled: The kitchen becomes OPEN! Scheduled from 6 to 11 April 2014 at Valcucine showroom in the heart of Milan, the workshop sees the participation of 10 designers selected following a call for ideas directed to planners, designers, makers, developers and programmers working in the field of design, as well as to students and enthusiasts at which time they will develop suggestions and new interactions in which to enhance the philosophies that have been employed in the realization of the Meccanica kitchen framework.

 

They will work alongside the dotdotdot design studio and team of experts. A set of meetings and debates are planned during the week which will be open to the public and to which important guests will be invited to share their knowledge, skill and experience: Massimo Menichinelli (open design facilitator), Enrico bassi (Fablab Torino coordinator, Stefano Maffei (professor at Politecnico Milano), Giulio Iacchetti (designer), Dario Buzzini (IDEO new york) and Zoe Romano (Digital Strategy and Wearables at Arduino).

The executable files of the project will be released in the open source mode, under the Creative Commons CC by–nc–sa license, with the permission to distribute, modify and create projects based on the original, except for business purposes, recognising the author’s paternity of the project.

The resulting projects will be exhibited from the evening of friday, April 11th at 6PM to sunday, April 13th, 2014.

Deadline call: 19 march 2014 - All the information regarding the competition and the workshop: demode.it/openkitchen

 

Call for ideas

Hack! USB NeXT Keyboard with an Arduino Micro #ArduinoMicroMonday

Zoe Romano March 10, 2014

opened

On Adafruit Learning System there are a lot of cool tutorials and this  particular one is based on the Arduino Micro used to upcycles old Next keyboards:

Ladyada and pt had an old NeXT keyboard with a strong desire to get it running on a modern computer. These keyboards are durable, super clicky, and very satisfying to use! However, they are very old designs, specifically made for NeXT hardware, pre-ADB and pre-USB! That means you can’t just plug the keyboard into an ADB or PS/2 port or PS/2 to USB converter (even though it looks similar). In fact, I have no idea what the protocol or pinout is named, so we’ll just call it “non-ADB NeXT Keyboard”

Click and follow the steps to make your own.

 

Visualizing temperature and humidity with Plotly from a mountain edge

Zoe Romano March 10, 2014

Plotly

Matt from Plotly team, sent us this cool video about streaming remote temperature + humidity data with an Arduino Uno and visualizing with Plotly from a mountain edge, in Peachland, BC.

The Arduino (We’re using the UNOr3) was connected to wifi tethering from a mobile (through a WIFI Shield), from there it received data from a DHT22 temperature + humidity sensor and streamed to Plotly’s servers, to be visualized. View streamed data: plot.ly/1023/~demos

Enjoy the video and the beautiful visualisations!

 

 

Arduino driven floating black ball is the creepiest/coolest thing around

Zoe Romano March 8, 2014

SPace Replay

Space Replay is a project by Francesco Tacchini, a Royal College of Art grad student, and Julinka Ebhardt and Will Yates-Johnson of Design Products:

A hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties. By constantly recording and replaying these ambient sounds, the levitating sphere produces a delayed echo of human activity.

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Upcycling Umbrellas into a Blinky Bike Bag with Lilypad

Zoe Romano March 6, 2014

UmbrellaBag lilypad

Agy used for the first time Lilypad Arduino and LEDs on a textile project called Blinky Bike Bag, combining her expertise in fabric hacking with electronics:

The bike bag is made from umbrella material to make it waterproof, and I made it with safety features using the Lilypad light sensor and LEDs. My husband always forgets his reflectors but with the bikebag always being on the bike, he’ll have no excuse not to be a safe cyclist! Read the rest of this entry »

Touchless rotary encoder from Indonesia

Zoe Romano March 5, 2014

Rotary Encoder

 

Mochamad shared with us his project about a touchless rotary encoder made with Arduino Duemilanove able to count rounds per second:

 

If you have problems with the language, check the blogpost in english!

Arduino Cofounder Has Some Advice For You, Hacker – FastcoLabs

Zoe Romano March 4, 2014

Fastcolabs

Massimo Banzi shares things he wishes he knew when he was younger – By Ciara Byrne on FastcoLabs

The cofounder of the open source microcontroller Arduino, Massimo Banzi, doesn’t mince words. “Italy is the kind of a country where if you are young, you don’t exist,” he says. “It’s a country run by old farts.” Banzi decided not to accept the status quo.
Arduino was designed in Italy, by virtue of a foolish young Banzi on a quest for love. Today, Arduino is an enormously popular single-board microcontroller used to develop interactive objects.

The Power Of Love

Banzi’s career hasn’t followed a conventional path. “I was always interested in technology but I started using the Internet because I met this American girl when I was like 18,” he says. ”I wanted to write to her and the post would take three weeks. So I started using the Internet because I could email her. There wasn’t even a browser. And that became my career for several years. So every time I get a passion about something I try to do it on the side and it turns into my job. It’s also a curse also because you can never have a hobby.”
Banzi trained as a electrical engineer, but always had an interest in design. Ten years ago he was teaching interaction design at the now defunct Design Institute in Ivrea. Arduino started out as a tool to allow Banzi’s design students, most of whom has no technical background, to use technology in their projects.What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »

Bicolor Square Heart/Valentines Necklace #ArduinoMicroMonday

Zoe Romano March 3, 2014

ArduinoMicro - heart

 

Bicolor square heart/valentines necklace is a project made with Arduino Micro by Dr_Speed who shared some photos and code  on the Adafruit Forums!

heart_bmp[] =
{ B01101100,
B11111110,
B11111110,
B11111110,
B11111110,
B01111100,
B00111000,
B00010000},

I use a micro, but just about anything will do. There’s some Sugru on there to keep the sharp bits from catching on clothing/pockets. Usb battery powers the whole thing. It’s pretty bright, definitely not subtle.

ArduinoMicro - heart