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.


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


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


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.