Science and innovation, a very close relationship that Maker Faire Rome has fully embraced. Although Covid-19 remains a global threat to economic recovery, the growth of the world economy will continue to be sustained by innovation and technology. If companies are to thrive in the current environment, management must be comfortable with the pace and implications of technological change. For example, the Technology Report 2021, Bain & Company’s annual industry survey, analyses the impact of technology on consumers, businesses, the economy and geopolitics. Science, research and innovation: here are some of the projects we’ve chosen for you that were the stars of Maker Faire Rome 2021 from October 8 to 10.
WHAT IS IN THE SMARTPHONE?
The smartphone is truly a physics laboratory, but we don’t always know it. Norma Gaetani‘s project (a.k.a. Physics in Pills) goes precisely in this direction. The smartphone has so many sensors that allow us to improve the user experience and more. How do proximity sensors (from sonar to LIDAR), accelerometer, gyroscope, vibration, touchscreen, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, GPS, RFID AND NFC, magnetometer (compass), camera, light sensor, fingerprint sensors, facial recognition (2D and 3D) work?
Tommaso Caligari, Giada Bausani and Zineb Kamal are three first- and fourth-year students from ITI Omar in Novara. They have produced CO2 nanoparticles to develop an artificial photosynthesis process to convert CO2 and water into methanol. The premise? The energy crisis and global warming can be solved using the process of photocatalysis. Catalytic photo-reduction of CO2 is in fact a sustainable process that allows the control of emissions and the removal of excess CO2 from the atmosphere, and photo-catalysts convert carbon dioxide and water into biofuels. We have produced Cu2O nanoparticles to develop an artificial photosynthesis process to convert CO2 and water into methanol. Tommaso, Giada and Zineb’s artificial leaf uses the same portion of green light from the visible spectrum that plants use during natural photosynthesis.
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