Workshop 2013: Arduino and the light

Arduino and the (tinker) light workshop

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Last month, Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project, held a workshop at the Foundation Achille Castiglioni in Milan called: Arduino and the light.

Participants created an interactive lamp digitally manufactured and designed by Habits Studio. After an introduction about the potentiality of Arduino and to the fundamentals of interactivity, Massimo Banzi led participants through exercises to discover the basis of Arduino and some sensors. Then, over the weekend, everyone built their own lamp, making it interactive by using the components of TinkerKit!—a collection of different sensors and actuators to make prototyping much easier as you can directly hook them up to the Arduino.

Arduino and the light 1

Participants began to understand digital matter, shape it and integrate it with other inspirations from physical matter. Habits Studio designed a lamp, TinkerLamp, that could be easily assembled without the need for any special technical knowledge: a single sheet of wood includes all the pieces to be assembled through interlocking, avoiding the need to use glue.

TinkerLight 1

TinkerLamp was designed to be compatible with TinkerKit! modules to control lighting and implement interactive behaviours. Compared to the archetype of the table lamp, TinkerLamp has a small lampshade, suitable for the components small size. The raw material of the lamp is a simple wooden board cut into shapes contained in a rectangular format (600x400mm), and easy to find on the market. Laser cut, the lamp makes use of the accordion-style cut so that wood surfaces can wrap the different components. The lamp design is open source and available online so that each individual user can build it and improve it.

TinkerLamp 2

The Arduino and the light workshop was held as part of an exhibition dedicated to the lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni Gibigiana presented with sketches and prototypes. The lamps used in the workshop were manufactured by Officine Arduino in Torino. The proceeds of the workshop was totally donated to the Foundation Achille Castiglioni.

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Originally posted on the Arduino website. Reposted with permission.

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