#SOME the objects’ root

FabLab Pisa and Leaning Lab developed a new product called #SOME.

#SOME is not is not just a simple object, but rather the root of the objects, the base from which various objects with myriad of forms and functions can be derived. #SOME is an object based on the concept of “internet of things”: thanks to an Arduino microcontroller board, it can read various sensors, controls motors, lights, and other objects, connecting to internet to read user’s Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. The philosophy behind #SOME concerns open-hardware, open electronics e software opensource.

#SOME was presented in three forms: awe, some, and thing, three variations of #SOME who have met the general public March 30, 2013 at the Green Tech Festival of Pisa.

#SOME is an object strictly conceived to be made through open source 3D printers. In this way, users have the opportunity to realize their #SOME in a unique shape. The only constraint is the physical encumbrance of the  internal hardware. This system thus defines a sort of revolutionary concept of “app”. The concept of “app” as an element of customization of your phone or tablet thus moves out of the software virtual world. #SOME objects will then rise to a system of physical and functional customization approach. In this way the currently static world of the objects reaches the dynamic world of people and social networks.

It is not just a lamp, it is not only a piece of a puzzle nor a piece of furniture, not just a thermometer nor a barometer, is not only a collector of information, nor a transmitter of data. # SOME is all this, but much more: it is a “thing” that becomes your idea, your object of desire only after you have molded to your needs!

The three devices Awe, Some, and Thing are social objects with a concept of character and emotion inside. Awe, Some, and Thing are networked, talk to each other and tweet their status, or some parameters related to their “state of mind” and the variables of the environment in which they find themselves. The #SOME put on the web the temperature of the room in which they are, they indicate the degree of perceived light and if the room is noisy or not. Furthermore, if on Twitter appears a twitt containing #SOME, consequently Awe, Some, and Thing detect and get excited, but their reactions will be different from one another. There is not a #SOME equal to another!

In their configuration 1.0, FabLab Pisa decided to give to the three devices the shape of three puzzle pieces, each of which is characterized by a small dome on the top. When one of the three puzzle pieces is touched, it reacts vibrating and illuminating the dome with a red color which increases the persistence of contact. In fact, the three #SOME are inherently different: Awe lights in time to music when they hear a song, Some and Thing, exchange information and emotions when they are physically connected.

If touched, Some lights up in a bright pink, while Thing lights light pink when connected with Some.

Riassunto SOME

Each card can be turned on just clapping your hands, and they can be turned off like a candle simply by blowing up.

So, read how #SOME is made and How did we advertise the presentation event?