Dublin Maker is a festival where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, have an opportunity to showcase their creations ranging from tech to art, craft and electronics.
The project I presented is a LilyPad-Arduino-based belt that can be wrapped around a pillow (or anything else) to serve four purposes:
- wake you up without wrecking your head with music and noise as usual alarm clocks do
- wake you up by light signals in case you are deaf
- wake you up by vibration in case you are blind
- acknowledge to you the time without requiring your head to be lifted up from your lovely pillow :)
The idea came to me because I struggled to find a decent radio station when I wanted to set my radio alarm clock at home. Also often, it happens that the clock display is obstructed by some other object, preventing me to check the current time. Then I checked online and found there are loads of ideas and inventions people have come up with to wake up.
Nonetheless I had fun and learned a bunch by realizing this project.
Being a member of 091 Labs helped a lot. It allowed me to use the tools and the space in the workshop room, and to meet awesomely experienced people like Alanna Kelly, who helped me with the final troubleshooting.
The Dublin Maker exhibition was a super interesting and cool event! I barely had the time to visit the other people’s stands because of the continuous stream of visitors that were coming to my own stand and I didn’t want to leave disappointed without getting a proper demonstration and explanation of my project :) However, some stands were nicely showcasing experiments with electronic crafting for kids, easy to reproduce at home only using kitchen tools and baking items. Others were artistic forms of interaction with music through movement and graphics. One was a vintage-style traditional radio streaming from the Internet.
The “mouse ears” consisted in two “ears” attached to a laptop’s mouse in which your heart rate was detected as soon as you reply to a question. Then, the type of questions for which your heart rate increases, become the ones that are asked more often, to put you in difficulty :). There were wearables projects. One was a scarf by chebegeek with a microphone detecting your coughs to repeat a recorded version of your mum’s voice that reminds you of covering up :p A super impressive one was the Twitter Knitter realized by Becky, a TOG member. She upgraded a fully mechanical knitting machine in order to knit tweets! amazing :)
Another project by Triona from TOG, the Fabric Cadaver, was also very cool! It was a way for kids to learn where the different components of the human body are positioned and how they look like, by practically moving their fabric-made reproductions. LEDs were used to give kids a feedback.
While in Dublin, I also met the members (and founders!) of TOG, the Dublin Hackerspace. They were amazingly welcoming and they led me through a visit of their facilities. There, I saw a dark room, server room, several workshop rooms, a room with a projector for movie nights or lectures, a very cozy main room well decorated, a study room with a wall-broad bookshelf, a large kitchen with table where they also sometimes host cooking workshops. not to mention the incredible and amazing amount of awesome projects of the most different kinds (camera made of photo rolls, slow motion camera made of tin can, 3D LEDs matrix, recyclables compressor, etc.). I’m very thankful for the warm welcome I received by the awesome TOG members!
Hopefully there will be soon more event for a crafters and hackerspaces get-together ;)