Toyota: Window to the world

25 07 2011

Apparently the last NDA i signed is going viral, so I guess I can talk about it!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/25547151]

I’m prout to say that I was in the team that created “Window to the world” at CIID for Toyota.
More info here!

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Washsurfing

24 02 2011
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/20329074]

Washsurfing it’s a service that allow to share private washing-machines.
This concept was developed in three days during the IxDa11 student competition, the general topic was “use, not own”. Thanks to this concept I won the honorable mention, but beside the prize it has been an amazing experience.

I got in to the finals thanks to a project called Laundrym, a pretty complex project that tried to transform Laudromat in social shared spaces.
I kept those three days to review the ground research that I had to explore a different approach, and start to build something much simpler, and that could be realized now.
Sharing an heavy object as a laundry has different implication than landing an hairdryer because it’s heavy! You are stuck in a physical space with somebody: this could be a problem, but what if we see it as an opportunity?
I really believe that sharing it’s a matters of behaviors before than sharing the real object. Sharing it’s something that we’re not trained to do anymore. In somehow people need to be re-educated to share.
People don’t share anymore because (maybe) it’s not needed, and so we don’t know who live next door, but we miss the fact that we don’t know who’s our neighbor, because this could make us feel more safe for example.
There is a lot of things that we miss from the past, I’m often asking to myself if the improvement of technology can give us those things back… things that people feel they lost because of the technology improvement.

During the conference I had the opportunity to attend the keynote talk by Richard Buchanan, and he said something that made me think a lot, and express something that I had in my head but I couldn’t find the way to say it, and for sure a way that is as good as his: “…we are not building interactions between people and things, but we are building interactions between people through things…”





Let’s cook some Arduino together

29 04 2010

Here we are… the final project is in front of us. What am I going to do? Don’t know yet exactly. I’ve picked 4 words that synthesize my starting point: social, collaborative, performance, esthetic.
In the other hand, some of my schoolmates suggested me to work with food. I don’t think I would like to work with food, because it is my passion and I don’t want to reinforce the Italian stereotype. But. I also thought that there is something that embrace these words, that I’ve already experienced: making the homemade pasta together. So, I thought that this could be an interesting experience using the same process, doing something completely different. Something that if you do alone is so boooooooooring and take toooooooo much, but if you do it together it has some kind of magic…like learning physical computing for someone that has no knowledge about it.
I was thinking… how can I merge this with something that has no smell or taste? I said to myself….let’s start from the experience! So I asked some friends to help me, and teach me an Arduino recipe, and make it together.

Yesterday, the first cooking lesson happened for real, with Jacek Barcikowski as grandma that know the secrets of homemade pasta.
I have to say, it was amazing to learn with him. The experience was much closer to making pasta than I expected.
Work with hands, drinking coffee, gossiping… everything seems so easy!

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Bendable, Musical Shoes for Nike

21 04 2010

This is simply amazing.
Can you imagine parkour with this shoes on?

more at : http://createdigitalmusic.com/2010/04/16/bendable-musical-shoes-for-nike-and-how-they-were-made/





k.rings selected!

19 04 2010

K.rings have been published on “La fabbrica delle idee”!

One year ago I took part to a competition (Made in Macef) with this project, and now is on sell!
You don’t find your keys? Phone them!





Sidetrack

17 03 2010

The ‘Sidetrack’ table peripherally records you as you work in the home, tracing a pattern as you move from space to space. Markers plot this pattern as the table spins, oscillating in time with your movement between rooms. Sensors are placed in the areas you want to observe, for example the desk, or the kitchen.  By placing tags on the table, you purposefully work towards set tasks, with the patterns reflecting the journey towards these objectives. In this way, giving value to the intangible effort and pockets of time you devote whilst working from home.

Sidetrack

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Asha

29 01 2010

Asha is an iPhone application that helps reunite families and loved ones torn apart by disasters and conflict. Using simple Bluetooth technology, Asha allows rescue workers and refugees to collect names and locations of people they meet and sync them across platforms- independently of a functioning communication infrastructure. Meeting a person who is missing a loved one, the resulting database can be searched – revealing where and when the loved one was in the vicinity of an Asha equipped phone.

Asha was designed in response to the overwhelming amount of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world. Estimated at 42 million* worldwide, this number represents not only human tragedy at the global scale, but also the tragedy of thousands of families torn apart while fleeing from disaster or conflict areas. Often stuck in camps and shelters where communications are severely limited, people are forced to carry the immense mental burden of not knowing where their relatives or loved ones are – sometimes for years at a time.

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