Our Symbio teams just wrapped up participating in an international two-day Open Source conference, MindTrek Openmind, in Tampere, Finland on September 22nd and 23rd. The show was highly beneficial, and we gained inspiration from learning about how digitalization has helped to restore human history, enhance the opportunities for Smart City solutions, and how development of technology drove Gaël Langevin to create the first 3D printed human size robot.
In fact, the Vatican City library, formally established in 1475, is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts. Luciano Ammenti described, how Vatican library restored the human heritage with digitalization. The library was closed for two years, and during that time RFID technology and scanning with special counter camera software was used for saving and tagging of the documents of our history. Open source technology FITS was selected as the data library, because it had better architecture, unlimited max file size, and has the possibility for 3D visualization. It also will continue updates of the software through the open source community. Today, you can access the digitalized real look & feel documents easily.
A lot of cities are looking to provide access to WiFi coverage for their communities, but what amount is enough? Currently many of the cities’ WiFi connections are overlapping and cause radio interference. Karri Huhtanen and his team researched where people are actually using the WiFi and the results concluded that main public areas with indoor coverage like libraries, cafes, restaurants etc. would suffice. User experience could also be improved by unification of the accesses. This can however cause problems with mobile platforms automatically connecting with different WiFi’s, so a need to better protect Internet capacity is necessary.
My favorite Presentation of the conference was Gaël Langevin, who was so fascinated with 3D printing, he created the first 3D printed life-size robot – The InMoov. Creating the robot was a learning process, his initial design just a hand, and the need to learn more about programming, microcontrollers, kinesthetic etc. was very evident. Gaël did a lot of the research online, and much of the robot creation research is documented online. This project has inspired many universities and schools to begin classes and projects centered around robot creation. In fact, its estimated that there are more than 200 similar copies of the InMoov Robot located in over 55 countries today.
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