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The Maker Faire Rome assigns 3 Maker of Merit to the projects of Quasar’s students

A big achievement for the projects presented by the QDU students at the Maker Faire 2015 who, since the originality of ideas deployed and the big interaction created with visitors, received 3 Maker of Merit.

The awarded projects, Lightsphere, BeeUno and Frankenstein, were thought and created by students of the course of Web & Interaction Design, coordinated by the architect Emanuele Tarducci. Sherry Huss, Vice President of the Maker Media Inc., interested by the projects, entertained herself talking with the young interaction designers who could in this way explain their work.

LightShpere

Two laps that – even of far – communicate with each other in real time: when you touch the first one, even the other one turns on. A thought drawn by light reaches the other, even if it is thousands of kilometers far away. Communication becomes emotion and when the two lamps are touched at the same time they start vibrating, exactly as a heart that beats. All this is possible thanks to a simple Arduino Yun board and a wi-fi connection.

BeeUno

It is an innovative music console made by wood modules, that trough body movements or keys, offers the possibility to create pieces of music and create particular sound effects. Thanks to Arduino and to a software that converts the USB port of the computer, simulating a MIDI. This project had already awarded the prestigious Editor’s Choice reward at the Maker Faire New York 2014.

Frankenstein

It is an interactive narration with the famous character born from the pen of Mary Shelly as protagonist. The narration comes alive in an interactive scenic design with three scenarios that people can control choosing to activate different chapters of the story. The project was created by using Arduino, the Touch Designer software and by video mapping techniques.

Students of the Graphics and Visual Communication course designed the communication of the faire (maps and signals) that had a big public success and a spreading of hundreds of thousands of copies.

Even the website of the Maker Faire writes an article about the projects of our students!

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