Robot & Maker Faire Milan
6-7 June 2015
The fair was on the weekend of June 6 and 7, a very hot weekend in Milan and in Italy in general, but, in spite of the hot and sunny day, which may have inspired people to go to the seaside or the nearby lakes and mountains, the fairgrounds were crowded: at the same time the historical Radiant, an electronics fair born in 1991, took place, and this helped attract a number of visitors.
The Fair, if compared to the Major Maker Faires across the world, is fairly small, but nonetheless, it’s growing and becoming more and more interesting. There was arduino.org’s stand, of course, showcasing the new products already arrived on the market, like Arduino Yun Mini, Arduino M0Pro and the various shields, but also showing a preview of the awaited for Arduino TIAN:
As usual, the Makers had the best part in the show, showing how to use the products we so passionately develop and produce, trying to stay always on top of the innovation. We met makers who made a do-it-yourself keyboard to play a self composed tune, using an Arduino board:
Makers who wanted to water their plants according to soil humidity and room temperature (and yes, it was high!), using Arduino and some sensors:
And a creative Maker from Rome, who whose an Arduino to steer a robotic arm the held a pen to draw what somebody else was sketching on a graphics tablet, and a system to mix primary colors to produce whatever shade of color you may wish be ready to paint, always managed by an Arduino board:
And, last but not least, a car, Arduino driven, and sensors equipped, that could follow a black line drawn on some paper or on the ground:
We also saw some more professional looking projects, like these dancing robots that attracted the interest of many visitors, mesmerizing especially children’s (but not only) attention:
And some amateur but really professional looking Star-Wars remote controlled robots:
And some more old-fashioned Meccano mechanical projects:
And plenty of Makers had interesting versions of 3D printers and printed objects on show:
In conclusion, Arduino’s booth was pretty crowded, and the speech from our engineer Adriano about the new Arduino products was a good success: see you at the next edition!
by Silvia Bianchi