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Fonie is the result of one week workshop on physical computing. We have been asked to hack existing objects connecting them through an Arduino Yùn.

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It uses the Arduino board to control the hair dryer motor and take pictures through a USB webcam.

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The pictures are then combined into a GIF and uploaded to fonie.net through their API.

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Some sketches from the initial brainstorming. We have been instantly fascinated by the hairdryer for his directional shape which inspires ideas for repurposing.

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Fonie has been exhibited at the 2014 Maker Faire in Rome where over 150 people used it and a number of TV channels and media outlets covered it, including TG5, Vanity Fair, La Repubblica.