Tutta la storia di Arduino in una tesi di laurea

team arduinoSe ci pensate, anche il Movimento dei Makers ha una storia alle spalle. Era il 2005 e nelle aule dell’Interactive Design Institute di Ivrea nasceva la prima scheda Arduino. Per chi non lo conoscesse, è il microcontroller open source che ha spalancato le porte dell’elettronica a migliaia di designer e creativi. La sua storia ha fatto il giro del mondo ed è tornata in Italia per finire anche sulle pagine di una tesi di laurea.

Il titolo è “Arduino – La rivoluzione dell’open hardware” ed è una tesi diversa dal solito. La sfogliate tutta online (qui il sito) come se fosse un lungo articolo. È bella e si vede che l’autore Andrea Nepori (@camillomiller) esce dalla triennale in Arti Multimediali dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. Fermatevi qualche minuto a leggerla. E vi diciamo anche il perché. (more…)

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The complete history of Arduino in a degree thesis

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If you think about it, the Makers Movement has its own history behind it. It was in 2005, in the classrooms of the Interactive Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, that the first Arduino board was born. For those unfamiliar with it, this is an Open Source microcontroller that has opened the doors of electronics to thousands of designers and creative. Its story has spanned the world and returned to Italy in the form of the pages of a degree thesis.


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We Are Makers: who wants to tell the story of the new industrial revolution?

The best way in which to tell the story of the Makers is by showing what they create. Said and done: the images speak for themselves during the 17 minute long documentary film “We Are Makers“, an American documentary directed by Nathan Driskell and Mathew Bardwell, designer and sound engineer respectively at Learning Studio.

The documentary also contains interviews with the people who contribute on a daily basis to the material, social and cultural growth of the Makers movement. Among these are Dale Dougherty (MAKE Magazine), Raphael Abrams (NYC Resistor), Lizabeth Arum (MakerBot), David Carr (Supermechanical) and Randy Hunt (Etsy). Before reading any further, have a look at “We Are Makers” here. You’ll have to get to work afterwards… (more…)

The 10 best DIY lamps available today

After seeing these photos, it’s difficult to agree that lamps are boring objects. The light bulbs themselves might remain unchanged, but everything that surrounds them can assume incredible forms. And there’s more: beyond the original design that makes each of these lamps unique, there are also 3D printing techniques and integrated Open Source hardware. Have you seen the images above? Good: then you’ll know that, with a little patience, you could build them yourselves (and with a little technical assistance from Thingiverse!)

1) Cutaway/Hollow – a polyhedric lamp made from plastic and comprised of hexagons and pentagons. The starting point for the design can be modified, altering the forms and joints. You need only find the right width of coverage to avoid obscuring too much light.

2) Ice Cream Stick Lamp – a decisively summery lamp: here you can see 5800 lollipop sticks that form an amazing structure. Obviously, you can use fewer sticks and 3D-print the base. Adjust the measurements and, with a little patience, it’s ready!

3) LED Desk Lamp – the triumph of the Makers in the field of battery-operated lamps: each individual element was created with a 3D printer. Remember to cover the electrical wires and choose the best LEDs available.

4) Ninja Sword Lamp – a sword illuminated in blue in the middle of your living room can leave a big impression. This model is fitted with a WiFi control to let you change the colour remotely. Fans of the Jedi are more than welcome to modify the design.

5) Minecraft Lamp – for fans of the eponymous, rather cubic, videogame (see here). For some, this may appear spectral and mysterious; for everyone else, it undoubtedly has a certain fascination.

6) Leaf Lamp – more than just a lamp, it’s also a leaf-shaped surface you can use to put things on, fitted with LED lights with an almost alien quality. With only a little patience, you can integrate a proximity sensor into the device to control the lighting.

7) Alien Egg – even the design itself seems alien: print these extra-terrestrial eggs and put them wherever you wish.

8) Nay Lamp – an oval lamp assembled from 35 individual parts. You can adapt this as a ceiling-mounted spotlight, or as a desk lamp. The choice is yours.

9) GlaDOS Robotic Lamp – for fans of Valve’s Portal games (the lamp is named for the main antagonist), and for fans of robots in general. Controls are included; try not to scare anyone!

10) The Good Night Lamp – OK, this is actually a product with a trademarked name: these are a series of lamps that communicate between themselves via the Internet. They demonstrate that great ideas always work.




The 10 types of makers-related jobs

Please do not call it a hobby: the Makers movement has spread almost all over the world producing ideas and projects with a future. Think of Arduino, the open source microcontroller produced in Ivrea (click here for a tour around the plant) or different 3D printer models produced in the USA and Europe. According to MAKE magazine there are at least ten job opportunities that are linked to the DIY universe and digital creativity. They are listed here with a few examples. (more…)