The makers that go one step further with 4D printing

Imagine a smart aqueduct that changes shape and increases its capacity in relation to its surroundings. To repair it, there is no need to take the road apart: the structure simply adapts itself to external forces. It is not science fiction, and it is all explained to us by Skylar Tibbits, an artist and architect at MIT. During his TED Talk he demonstrated how “self-assembly” represents the new frontier of 4D printing.


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NapNap: an alarm that says something about you

Guglielmo, Maki and Josuè. The trio form Fablab Firenze.

They are the inventors of the NAPNAP.

I met them at the PopFabLab, a prototype fablab set among the many stands at the International Handicrafts Trade Fair.

Their idea is very clear: NapNap is an alarm clock that looks anything but. NapNap is a white plastic egg that oscillates and emits a high-pitched 1980s-style noise at a time set using a mobile device or PC. The incredible innovation of the NapNap is the intuitive way in which it is turned off: you simply need to touch it and make it oscillate to stop the alarm.

“It is an alarm that can say a lot about ourselves,” said Guglielmo. “The intensity of touch, the number of hours spent sleeping each month and how much time it takes to turn off the alarm from the moment it starts, all this helps us better understand how we live.” He also told us about the work ethic 2.0, for workers who have less need for permanent work or even for set hours.

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What is great about OuiShare and in the rest of Europe

Early May is all about sharing: in Paris there is OuiShare Fest, an event for creative minds, makers and fabbers from all around Europe (and not only). In addition to professional meetings, there are events for people who are simply curious and wish to hear all the latest news and share an interest in the new industrial revolution.

There are several events not to be missed in Vienna and Naples. Read on to find out more. If you take part in OuiShare, keep your eyes peeled: in Paris, you might spot Alice and Davide with their video camera. The MakerFaireRome Barcamper Tour continues, and you can follow it every step of the way here in our blog.

 

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How crowdfunding is changing in Italy

All of us know that the Internet has no borders. For example the US Kickstarter platform decreed the success of the Italian UDOO project for a device that brings together Arduino and Linux.  Many ideas that originate from the minds of makers take shape thanks to crowdfunding, and it matters little which part of the world donations come from.

But things could change in Italy in May, when Consob (National Commission for Companies and the Stock Exchange) drafts a consultation document on the new regulation for crowdfunding directed at innovative start-ups.

When it becomes law – on the basis of the provisions of the Decree on Growth 2.0 – the Consob document will regulate the operation of crowdfunding platforms created for the purpose of raising risk capital for directly funding the launch of new start-ups in the technology sector. What is more, the Italian regulation could become the second law in the world on crowdfunding, following President Obama’s Jobs Act in 2012.

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