26 October 2015
Maker Faire Rome 2015: projects that could really become part of our life
PART 2 | Maker Faire Rome 2015 closed its doors one week ago. In continuity with the first part of our selection, here are more projects that we think could have an actual impact on our life and that aroused the interest of the fair’s visitors the most.
Open Biomedical’s BOB
Open Biomedical Initiative is an international nonprofit organization of volunteers who want to use open source technologies and 3D printing to develop low-cost medical devices for people in need.
After developing WIL and FABLE, two open source prosthetic hands, Open Biomedical presented its BOB, Baby on Board, a low-cost neonatal incubator that is mostly 3D printed.
BOB wants to give a solution to the fact that 75% of neonatal deaths occur within the first week of life and, often, due to lack of biomedical equipment. Thanks to the free documentation available online, BOB can be reproduced anywhere through 3D printing and very basic milling.
Content can be read through an app by simply plugging Dr-Jack in a smartphone or tablet. In case of need, rescuers would have easy access to the stored medical data regardless the patients’ capability to speak.
So Dr-Jack is there to make rescuers help patients in the most proper way. Moreover, also privacy would be fully preserved because, once the information has been used and Dr-Jack disconnected, no data is left in the mobile device.
Born as Beste Ozcan’s PhD project at Second University of Naples, ‘+me’ has been developed within CNR, the Italian National Research Council.
It’s a wearable animal-shaped pillow that, by reacting with color and sound to the contact with hands, could enhance the interaction between therapists and autistic children.
The child can touch the pillow to generate a reaction, and the therapist can control the color or sound response.This way, autistic children are pushed to interact with their therapist to obtain a certain result from their action on the pillow.
Green and Eco
3-eco’s team illustrated to visitors the production cycle of filament for 3D printing and their research on recycled plastic. They have already developed filament that is 100% from recycled materials and are currently testing the possibility to add natural pigments to it.
3-eco’s approach to sustainability is complete and also concerns packaging. This is designed to literally cut the filament’s spool out of the external cardboard box because it is integrated in it.
BioPic aims to enable people to produce and cultivate food directly on their terrace or kitchen. The system uses special matting constituted by vegetable fiber, and low-energy-consumption led light.
This technology allows plants to take root in very thin layer of soil, which would make growing one’s own indoor vegetable garden or even realizing green roofs, much easier.
SpongeSuit is an environmentally conscious swimming gear designed with a clean technology called ‘Sponge’. It’s a hydrophobic carbon-based material able to absorb everything except water and therefore to extract and separate polluting substances.
In order to apply this technology to everyday-life, firm Eray Carbajo has designed SpongeSuit. It’s a bikini suit whose top is made out of a flexible 3D printed structure filled with appropriately shaped ‘Sponge’.
This way, swimming becomes an eco-friendly activity, through which everybody can help clean the sea.
Among the famous names, we couldn’t miss French star InMoov, the open source life-sized robot designed and realized by artist Gael Langevin.
InMoov is conceived to be reproduced by using any home 3D printers with a 12x12x12 cm building plate and controlled through two Arduino boards.
We had already met him at Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire, but seeing the curiosity and fun of people interacting with a human-looking robot is always surprising.
Incredibly young folks of SuperDiodo showed their robot Atom II, what they call “the assistant of the future”. Thanks to its tiny size, Atom II can indeed be used in various situations: teaching, entertainment, or even assistance.
Currently SuperDiodo is working on developing a 1.80m tall model. The ultimate aim is to help or replace humans in dangerous situations such as defusing bombs, monitoring unsafe areas, and also assisting non autonomous people carrying daily activities out.
Next weeks, we’ll treat and analyze more extensively some of these projects… Stay tuned to discover more about them!