Maker Faire Yearbook 2023

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Gamification of Sensory Analysis

Faire: Rome
Maker: Simply SFA
 
To define the sensory profile of a product according to UNI/ISO standards, the test must be carried out in sensory booths; "white rooms" where it is tested in ideal conditions. ISO booths are not easy to find, so we decided to make them portable: the Sensorial Stations. These can be of various types: • ISO Mode a sensory booth • Desk Mode a sensory desk • MiniSens which transforms any desk into an ISO station But our aim is to highlight how the tasting of products changes according to the conditions in which it takes place. This is why we want to train and challenge the senses of consumers to recognize the characteristics of the products in any environment.

Volta pagine automatico per scanner

Faire: Rome
Maker: Sapienza Università di Roma
 
In recent times, electronic books have become more popular than physical books due to their ease of portability, searchability, and quick access to a vast number of titles. This has led to a growing preference for e-books among researchers, scientists, and students. Additionally, the creation of e-books makes it easy to preserve the physical copies of old, valuable books while still using them as much as needed. To create an e-book from a hard copy of a book, a common scanner found in libraries or universities is the desktop scanner. The book is placed under the scanner, and the pages are manually turned by the person scanning the text after each scan. However, when dealing with a large number of books, the bottleneck in the scanning process is the need to turn each page manually after each scan. To address this challenge, we have designed a system that includes a 3-bar mechanism, a stepper motor, and an Arduino board. The system is connected to the scanner and flips the pages automatically after each scan. The primary and core component of this system is the 3-link mechanism that flips every page using two actions: detaching and flipping. The stepper motor rotates and transfers the necessary torque to the connected gears, which in turn, transfers the rotational motion of the motor to the reciprocating angular motion of the detaching link. This causes the detaching link to move from the outside of the book to the middle of the target page, detaching the upper page from the others. Another link connected to the detaching link turns immediately afterward to completely flip the detached page. This system offers several advantages, including adjustability to accommodate book dimensions and the table or desk on which scanning is done. Before starting to scan, the system can be positioned and fixed according to the book's size and clamped on the table. In this way, the system can help users scan large volumes of pages quickly and efficiently without wasting time and energy turning pages manually. In conclusion, this automated scanning system is a cost-effective solution, with all the required parts readily available in the market. It can help users rapidly scan documents with minimal effort and save valuable time, especially when dealing with a high number of pages.

SAFE VR – Un metaverso sicuro ed inclusivo per tutti

Faire: Rome
Maker: Fondazione Istituto Tecnico Superiore per le Tecnologie della Informazione e della Comunicazione
 
SAFE VR will allow you to navigate in an inclusive Metaverse session accessible to all. Through a demo created on Spacial, users will be able to enter a dimension of Augmented Reality not only through the Oculus, but also from PC and/or mobile. Here four tools designed and created ad hoc (high contrast QR, illuminated walking strip, dixlexia free texts, audio) will allow easier navigation for subjects who are not inclined to use new technologies, as well as for visually impaired subjects or with difficulties related to example for dyslexia.

Carbonium – Sandy

Faire: Rome
Maker: Carbonium
 
Sandy is an autonomous, inexpensive, and sustainable rover capable of cleaning beach sand of the most superficial litter. The project aims to put robotics at the service of the environment and wants to find a fast and inexpensive solution to clean the coast while preserving the local ecosystem and at the same time providing environmental data. The rover moves autonomously on the beach avoiding obstacles, picking up sand and trash that it encounters. The sand is filtered and pebbles and shells are separated from the trash by artificial intelligence algorithms.

REACT – Heartbeat dynamic monitor

Faire: Rome
Maker: Marco De Spirito
 
VO2 is a commonly used index to notify users of their fitness level, which, when measured with wearable devices, can, however, provide inaccurate assessments due to the low quantity and quality of recorded data. To overcome this problem, we have developed REACT, a biosignal processing method based on artificial intelligence algorithms, to characterize heart rate dynamics in real time while providing a personalized tool to support training and cardiovascular risk reduction.

SmartVan for Camping

Faire: Rome
Maker: Roberto Pompermaier
 
Using the Smart Van Box, making your camper or van smart becomes child's play. A magic box which, in addition to managing the energy produced by the solar panels, will allow you to monitor and control the services of your camper, conveniently from the mobile app. Whether you're on the road or away from your vehicle. Furthermore, thanks to its sensors and intelligent functions, the Smart Van Box will assist you during all phases of your journey. Taking care of your health and alerting you in case of problems. From the preparation of the trip, to the return home.

MONIOLITECH

Faire: Rome
Maker: ORGANIZZAZIONE DI PRODUTTORI OLIVICOLI LATIUM SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA
 
The MONIOLITECH project - Hi-tech monitoring for the sustainable management of the olive grove ecosystem in Lazio aims to address and solve the problem of manual monitoring of the parameters necessary for the implementation of correct and sustainable cultivation practices through the implementation of a technical assistance system for olive growers, based on ICT technologies and capable of informing and guiding farms in the main cultivation practices. It will be an easily accessible (user-friendly) web-based service where each olive grower will find the spatialized information needed to carry out irrigation and defence of the olive tree in a sustainable manner and in relation to the spatio-temporal location of the olive trees, according to the logic of precision agriculture. The support activity for this pilot project is financed by sub-measure 16.2.1 of the RDP Lazio 2014-2020 within the framework of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 and subsequent amendments and integrations.

EGO – Trasporti Carbon Neutral

Faire: Rome
Maker: Fondazione di Partecipazione dell'Istituto Tecnico Superiore "Area Tecnologica della Mobilità Sostenibile – Logistica e Sistemi e Servizi Innovativi per la Mobilità di Persone e Merci"
 
EGO is a system composed of a CO2 sensor, position sensors, telemetry mounted on board the vehicle and a cloud platform that collects miles of real data from the vehicles. AI algorithms suggest optimized routes and driving behaviors aimed at reducing the CO2 produced. EGO allows its complete compensation of the remaining CO2, purchasing carbon credits that will be used by Treebu for the planting of paulownia in the territories where the transport company operates. The compensation is certified by EGO to the transport company which can highlight it with its customers and effectively increase CSR.

EUREKA! : “Datemi un filo immerso in un liquido, dall’alto verso il basso, e vi indicherò il livello”

Faire: Rome
Maker: Giuseppe Fiordaliso
 
The peculiarity of this project is that it allows the measurement of the water level in all those sectors where industrial-type measuring devices are unacceptable both for the costs and for the skills required for implementation. This level measuring device uses a common insulated conductor immersed in water as a measurement probe. It consists of two parts: measuring probe with measuring electronics and microprocessor control unit. The two parts are connected via a non-polarized two-wire connection in order to simplify installation operations. The probe, of the capacitive type, consists of a simple insulated conductor wire, and can be made at a low cost and can be easily adapted by the user to his needs. The measuring range of the device goes from a few tens of centimeters to several meters without requiring particular additional components or specific components for the type of application. The measuring unit based on a microcontroller receives a digital current signal from the measuring probe and according to the settings made in the "user calibration" phase for the "empty" level and the "full" level, displays the value on a display of the level measurement in the range 0...100 %. The microprocessor also controls an output relay in correspondence with two level thresholds (low level setpoint and high level setpoint) freely settable by the user in the range 0…100% through a simple programming procedure. In the programming phase it is possible to choose whether the energized relay state must correspond to a level below the low level threshold or to a level above the high level threshold. In this way it is possible to operate an external device, always in safe conditions. The measurement has an accuracy better than 6% and is characterized by high reliability because there are no metal parts in contact with water or moving parts.

Creative transformation of felting

Faire: Rome
Maker: Mariia Hrozdova
 
Our idea demonstrates that from natural, environmentally friendly materials, using old felting technologies, you can create innovative, stylish, modern products.

Le Strutture Tremano

Faire: Rome
Maker: Gruppo MCGM
 
The system consists of a base and 24 shapes. On the base, there are two vibrating plates, one for each child, who takes turns placing a shape corresponding to the color shown on the central button. The goal for the child is to build a structure as tall as possible, trying to keep it steady after the vibrations, level by level. The first player whose construction falls, loses. There are 6 shapes provided for each color, corresponding to randomly changing LEDs, making the game dynamic with varying levels of difficulty dictated by the shapes themselves. It is simple, affordable, and intuitive.

Arlok – Simple Arduino 3D Printed Robot

Faire: Rome
Maker: Pizza Robotics
 
Arlok is a simple educational (STEM) Robot based on Arduino Uno with parts printed in 3D and all easy-available components. 3D-printed parts are big, easy to manipulate and can be printed even by cheap 3D-printers. Arlok is highly customizable: there are a lot of printable parts allowing you to make your unique robot. There are some programming examples that will make this robot moving around avoiding obstacles, following a line on the floor or let you control it using your cellphone with Android app. All source codes, STLs and instructions are provided on the Github repository.

Caratterizzazione dei prodotti alimentari mediante nuovi marker molecolari

Faire: Rome
Maker: Sapienza Università di Roma
 
As part of specific departmental and multidisciplinary initiatives (Department of Management) for consumer protection and developed within the Commodity Laboratory, we have identified a cluster of specific and innovative indicators [molecular markers] which allow to better characterize the perceived quality of some commercial food products.In particular, we applied our model to pasta [primary sector of interest], craft beers, grappa and coffee. The main aim of our studies is to discriminate commercial products which, thanks to their specificity - deriving in particular from "mild" industrial treatments - can benefit from "premium price" logics.

BeSight

Faire: Rome
Maker: Sapienza Università di Roma
 
Our project’s aim is to build a device that makes it possible for blind people to improve their sensory abilities by using a low latency wearable device that brings back an immediate feedback to the person that’s wearing it, bearing information of surrounding objects. What’s new with the device we intend to build is the fact that it will provide real time indications not only of the distance of the surrounding objects, but also of the angle (azimuth) by comparing it with a direction reference (the person’s sight line). We mean to achieve this by using a rotating LIDAR sensor connected to a programmable interface which generates signals (vibrations) based on the position in which the person is located.

Robot umanoide Uranus

Faire: Rome
Maker: Elettra Robotics Lab
 
Uranus is a humanoid robot with 24 degrees of freedom (DOF) developed by ERL with the goal of reaching a height of 80 cm, surpassing the limit of previous projects. Uranus was conceived as a project to exceed the height limit of 60 cm set by previous endeavors. In addition to its size, the control electronics are based on two levels of intelligence: - The lower level is based on an 8-bit microcontroller that manages and interpolates the movements of the servos. This is the Poldino Servo Board with a PIC18F4550 processor. - A Raspberry Pi Zero board handles high-level tasks. On the mechanical side, Uranus has 24 degrees of freedom. The joints, excluding the neck (2 DOF) and hands, are controlled by 60 kgcm servomotors. The neck and hands have smaller servos with 20 or 40 kgcm torque. Apart from the two degrees of freedom in the hips, the torso is also noteworthy as it features two additional degrees of freedom: inclination and rotation.

Brushcob

Faire: Rome
Maker: Sapienza Università di Roma
 
Brushcob is a set of three scrub brushes for the skincare made with a biomaterial of our ideation based on corn cob, an abundant industrial waste. The abrasive nature of the cob is used to exfoliate the skin and, thanks to the glycerin and the potato starch in the recipe, the skin remains soft and smooth after the usage. Dipping the product in the water activates the softening capability of the material. The three brushes differ not only in shape and size, but also in the granulometries of the corncob particles, to be efficient in parts of the body with different characteristics.

Elaisian – Il Sistema di Supporto alle Decisioni in agricoltura

Faire: Rome
Maker: Elaisian srl
 
Elaisian offers a precision agriculture service to prevent diseases in olive groves, vineyards, and almond orchards and to have a continuous decision support system (SSD) for field interventions. The service is based on SSDs related to pest management and SSDs related to satellite imagery (for all crops). This enables farmers to reduce phytosanitary treatments and optimize fertilization and irrigation. Elaisian offers the installation of weather stations in the field connected to an app where notifications and alerts on pathogen development are sent. We have different types of services that allow us to give accessibility to farms of all sizes and therefore with different economic possibilities. The following sections are available in the app: 5-day weather forecast, self-set alerts (weather parameter, value range, message sending interval), notifications (non-severe messages on plant and pathogen development), alerts (threshold severity messages), field notebook (linked to algorithms), map and reports from satellite images. The pathogen forecasting service is applied for olive groves, vineyards and almond orchards. Through the use of proprietary algorithms we are able to calculate the development of pathogens and plants, which, when correlated, allow us to calculate the infection rate of pathogens with high accuracy. We also use satellite images to calculate vegetation and water indices that are useful for monitoring soils and always have a control for optimizing fertilization and irrigation.

StomyCraft

Faire: Rome
Maker: F.A.I.S. OdV
 
Stomy Craft is a project of FAIS OdV that uses Minecraft to inform and pediatric patients and family members. With gamification, stool bag handling is simulated and appropriate feeding is taught. StomyCraft is a phygital project; alongside the video game, there are physical components: a LEGO-compatible element that can transform a miniature into a character with an ostomy bag and a bag cover that can be customized with the image you prefer. The goal of the project is to improve children's (and caregivers') acceptance of the condition to improve their quality of life.

Moving Gunpla & Figure

Faire: Rome
Maker: Jihyun Ko
 
Moving Gunpla & Figure project remodeled a Gundam plastic model kit with a servo, LED, USB camera, controlled by Arduino Board. Attendee can control the items. When I was young, I dreamed to be pilot of Gundam. And I made so many Gunplas, but it didn't move. So, I developed motorized Gunpla with Arduino board.

Apertura ad Impulsi Programmati di più Accessi Condominiali

Faire: Rome
Maker: Giuseppe Bonanno
 
Invention applicable to intercom systems with two or more "electric door units". The entrance to a condominium has two push-button panels, the visitor must ring the first time outside, wait for it to open and go to the second access to ring the second time, the condominium must wait for the time lapse between the first and second being able to move away from the intercom, the patent intends to provide the condominium with the possibility of eliminating this useless waiting time. The device is designed to be connected to the "door speaker" of any door phone system with two or more electric locks without making any changes to it.

3D Printing Paganini’s Famous Violin

Faire: Rome
Home: Rome, Italy
Embarking on a remarkable journey of innovation and cultural heritage preservation, 3DiTALY, Italy’s leading 3D printing organization set in Rome, is revolutionizing the restoration and replication of Guarnieri’s iconic ‘Il Cannone di Paganini’ violin. With cutting-edge 3D scanning and printing techniques, this groundbreaking project ensures the enduring legacy of this legendary instrument, exemplifying the fusion of artistry, technology, and historical significance. In collaboration with the esteemed Genova Municipality, the project showcases the harmonious blend of tradition and state-of-the-art capabilities,

PlanetART

Faire: Rome
Maker: FVA - New Media Research
 
PlanetART, organized by the EU-funded projects GenB and BlueMissionMed, raises public awareness on the green and blue circular economy. The stand is divided into: 1) Green economy: playful program to involve young people on the bioeconomy. Games, workshops, escape rooms, reading of the book "What’s Bioeconomy?" and exhibition of bio-based products. The stand hosts artworks by artists who use residues and biomaterials. 2) Blue economy: the public can interact with the cardboard wall "Our blue treasure", to express their connection with the sea and discover how to mitigate the pollution of seas and waters. The stand features artworks by artists who use recycled plastic collected from the sea.

SmartBreak

Faire: Rome
Maker: IISS "COLAMONICO-CHIARULLI"
 
SmartBreak - Order at the School Bar with a Click! Simplify and optimize the ordering process at school bars with SmartBreak. This intuitive web app allows students to place their orders directly from their smartphones, providing a seamless experience. With automated daily order lists and detailed statistics, SmartBreak streamlines operations for students, bar staff, and administrators, saving time and reducing errors. Customizable for any school, SmartBreak makes school bar management efficient.

Nectar

Faire: Rome
Maker: posti s.r.l.
 
NECTAR is an innovative project aiming to create the first agrifood metaverse, providing an immersive experience in the realm of nutrition and healthy, sustainable eating. This environment combines cutting-edge technologies to offer users a unique experience that merges education, experimentation, and innovation. The main components of the project are blockchain-tracked products and metabolic avatars. The blockchain aspect includes a wide range of agri-food products from select Italian companies, allowing users to interact with them in an immersive experience. They can learn about the products' origins, nutritional characteristics, and make informed choices. Users can also connect with the producing companies, gaining insights into their sustainable production practices and the food supply chain. The metabolic avatar is a personalized digital representation of an individual's metabolism, created using information from wearable devices such as smart bands and impedance scales. It enables real-time and remote monitoring of physiological parameters, providing data used to deliver a customized quality index for food choices based on simulated metabolic effects. The avatar tracks user metabolism levels over time, offering a comprehensive view of metabolic variations and responses to consumed foods and supplements. The personalized metabolic avatar (PMA) employs a deep learning GRU (gated recurrent unit) model trained to predict weight changes, blood glucose, and other physiological variables tailored to macronutrient composition and daily energy balance. The model allows simulations and evaluations of dietary plans, facilitating the definition of customized goals for achieving ideal weight. NECTAR's platform integrates metabolic and sensory avatars, blockchain, and virtual reality technologies to create a metaverse dedicated to agrifood. Avatars interact with blockchain-tracked products, providing consumers with detailed information on the origin, quality, and sustainability of food products. By combining sensory and metabolic analyses with blockchain, NECTAR ensures transparency, sustainability, and food safety, meeting the needs of consumers, institutions, and companies. The ultimate goal is to promote sustainable agriculture, environmentally and human-health-friendly food production, circular economy, and the reduction of food waste, following the "One Health" approach. NECTAR addresses various industrial, economic, and social challenges. It tackles the lack of transparency in nutritional information and the presence of unhealthy ingredients in food products. It also aims to combat the global obesity epidemic by promoting balanced and healthy eating. Furthermore, NECTAR aims to address social issues by offering affordable access to nutritious and sustainable food. In conclusion, NECTAR is an innovative proposal that combines emerging technologies like the metaverse, metabolic avatars, blockchain, and NFTs to create a platform dedicated to agrifood, promoting sustainability and transparency in the industry. Despite not being realized yet, presenting this project to the public can generate interest, engagement, and potential collaborations while evaluating market demand.

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