Wearables al Museo della Scienza di Milano

Sabato prossimo sono ospite insieme a Costantino Bongiorno – co-founder di WeMake – nella Tinkering Zone del Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica di Milano per un workshop gratuito supportato da Henkel. ——– Si può indossare la tecnologia? Hai mai immaginato di personalizzare un accessorio fashion? “Fashion goes interactive” e’ workshop gratuito per maker, designer, stiliste, ricercatrici, studentesse e tutte le donne che vogliano scoprire come tecnologia, arte e design si fondono con il mondo del fashion. Nella Tinkering Zone del Museo, un incontro speciale dedicato al making, per sperimentare la “wearable technology” e customizzare gli accessori utilizzando Arduino e i sensori tessili.

3 minuti per parlare di Makers, Arduino Day e WeMake a Repubblica Next

Sabato 29 Marzo, dopo aver trascorso tutto il giorno a WeMake insieme a 300 persone appassionate di Arduino, ho partecipato all’evento Next – Repubblica delle Idee, curato da Riccardo Luna. QUi trovate una piccola intervista di accompagnamento e a breve il video dalla sala Melato del Teatro Piccolo ! Con me sono intervenuti Innocenzo Rifino di Digital Habits con Cromatica e Piero Santoro di Yradia con MEG a presentare i due progetti basati su Arduino e in partenza con le campagne di crowdfunding! Ecco il video: Repubblica Next – Zoe Romano

Afroditi experiments with embroidery, soft circuits and diy electronics

(originally created and posted on Arduino blog) 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.

Knitic project, or how to give a new brain to knitting machines

  (originally created and posted on Arduino blog) Knitic is an open source project which controls electronic knitting machines via Arduino. To be more precise, Knitic is like a new ‘brain’ for the Brother knitting machines allowing people to create any pattern and modify them on the fly. Knitic kit is composed by an Arduino Due, a diy printed circuit board on top of it, connected to the electronic parts of the original machine, (like end-of-line sensors, encoder, and 16 solenoids) and a software to control the needles real-time. In the past days I interviewed Varvara & Mar, the duo who developed the project. They’ve been working together as artists since 2009 and their artistic practices lay at the intersection between art, technology, and science. When I run into their project I immediately liked their approach as they see knitting machines as the first real domestic fabrication tool, that has been  overlooked in the age of digital fabrication. Check the

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From the idea to the prototype with the help of open design

At the end of July I spent a week at Supsi with Massimo Banzi and around 20 participants at the Physical & Wearable computing with Arduino summer school. The focus of the course was on the design and prototyping of digitally fabricated interactive objects. It was the first time I was working with Massimo and some weeks before I shared with him the approach I had in mind. Usually, wearable technology workshops start from ready-made garments or accessories. Old gloves and t-shirts, cheap belts or jackets are “decorated” with technology. I wanted to experiment a different point of view. I would have brought some rough prototypes of wearable accessories made of felt and produced with a lasercut. I prepared the files during the previous months with the help of professional tailor Nadia – who knows much about measures and fit, and Vectorealism, my partners at Wefab – who gave me direct access to the lasercut to prepare the first drafts.

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