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Casa Jasmina opens its (smart) doors


Located in Torino, Casa Jasmina is a first of its kind smart apartment.


Several months after its announcement at Maker Faire Rome, the (presumably smart) doors of Casa Jasmina have officially been opened. A collaborative effort between Massimo Banzi and futurist Bruce Sterling, along with some support from Arduino, the smart apartment is a first of its kind in combining Italian contemporary interior and furniture design with an array of open source electronics, many of which built around Atmel microcontrollers.

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Unlike other so-called “homes of the future,” this Arduino-powered space — which takes its name from Sterling’s wife Jasmina Tešanović — will be more than a livable showcase. In fact, it will serve as a hybridized IoT research lab as it monitors its inhabitants’ responses to the ambient elements inside and will soon become a publicly available, short-term rental property on Airbnb.

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The June 6th opening of Casa Jasmina coincided with the second annual Torino Mini Maker Faire, featuring a number of public areas, discussions, appearances, and impressively, an exhibit area with over 50 Maker projects. Among those on display included Jesse HowardAkerOpendesk, and Open Structure. Aside from the initial batch of IoT creations, the abode boasted several electrical products from the Energy@Home consortium, Internet of Things artwork from the Torino Share Festival, and the first wave of prototypes from Casa Jasmina’s ‘Call for Projects.’

Among the ambient objects found throughout the living quarters are a wireless lamp designed out of Tetra Pak packaging, an LED lamp made from a milk carton and an Arduino Leonardo (ATmega32U4)-driven piece of artwork that emits different patterns of colored lights in response to fluctuations in background radioactivity.

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With several industry heavyweights and dedicated communities surrounding the project, Casa Jasmina will certainly continue to attract some interesting innovations, guests and intelligent things to populate the apartment. Looking ahead, it will even play home to various residencies, talks and workshops.

Italy couldn’t have been a better home to the world’s first connected, open source apartment. According to a new report, the European nation’s Internet of Things market is expected to reach €1.55 billion ($1.75B) this year, with smart home products leading the way. Not only did one in four respondents already admit to having an intelligent object in their house, nearly half (46%) say they are willing to purchase an Internet-enabled gadget or service in the near future.

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“Most Maker objects today have been for the laboratory, or they have been for the university, or they have been for design school. They haven’t really been made for a domestic purpose. They aren’t for family, they aren’t for young children, they’re not for the elderly, for the cat, for the dog, for the houseplant. They are mostly there for the geek who is buying the hardware and is in command of the user base. I think its time for the Maker scene to expand out of its limits and try to talk to a wider demographic,” Sterling revealed in a recent interview.

Casa Jasmina welcomed its first guests on June 6, 2015 and will run for two years. Want to follow along with the initiative’s progress? Head over to its official page here.

Casa Jasmina is bringing the Internet of Things home


The aim of the project is to combine digital fabrication tools and open-source electronics to create a connected apartment.


During his MakerCon keynote speech last fall, our dear friend Massimo Banzi announced that Arduino was planning to unveil the first-ever open-source apartment. Shortly thereafter, the company’s co-founder officially revealed the launch of the rental property at Maker Faire Rome, aptly named Casa Jasmina. Now, the team has shared that its location will be inaugurated on February 20th, in coordination with the celebration of the office and Fablab Torino’s 3rd birthday!

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In collaboration with futurist Bruce Sterling and Lorenzo Romagnoli, the exciting new project will be located in Arduino’s Torino, Italy headquarters. (Which by the way, did you know was actually an abandoned car factory?) Hosted by Toolbox Coworking, the apartment will serve as a test ground for the latest developments from the Maker community, equipped with furniture from OpenDesk, a plethora of Atmel based devices as well as other hardware creations.

“We will explore the boundaries in the field of open-source, connected home showcasing the best of open-source furnitures, connected objects, and white goods hacks,” Arduino stated in a recent blog. “Shortly [thereafter], anyone will have the opportunity to experience living in a open-source connected home… Casa Jasmina will be available for rent on Airbnb.”

Unlike other so-called “homes of the future,” this Arduino-powered space will be more than a livable showcase. In fact, the inhabitants’ responses to the elements inside will be registered for the project’s research.

Collaborator Bruce Sterling shared his thoughts on the new project by stating that he has known for a long time that the Italian city would become the center of digital manufacturing: “What’s needed is now is not more gadgets… [but to] figure out how to move this from the hobby level to a level of professionalism, and how to establish making with Italian characteristics.”

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When discussing the new domestic Italian landscape, Sterling adds that “the Internet of Things is no longer a theory. It features genuine industrial consortia, proliferating standards, and exciting new capacities in sensors, data, and analytics. The IoT is coming into the home, and that most definitely includes the Italian home.”

The futurist lists goes on to list five basic approaches to this constantly-connected era:

  1. Thing centered: In this model, every object has its own Internet connectivity and they all talk to each other independently. It’s like the old-school Internet, but with things instead of websites.
  2. Gateway centered: There’s a home control box or a router which serves as a boss for all the anarchic things, enforces a standard on them, and protects them from security attacks.
  3. Mobile centered: The real action inside in the operating system of a powerful personal smartphone, which acts as the handheld remote-control for everything.
  4. Cloud centered: The household Internet of Things is run by offshored professionals who have advanced data analytics and can manage all domestic objects and services for a fee.
  5. Industrial fog: Everything is run locally, but with an urban, automated factory-style model that includes building management software and smart city services.

“What’s missing in these five models of the IoT? A user-centered model, a citizen-centered model, an open-source collaborative model. That’s the prospect that interests us at ‘Casa Jasmina,’” he adds. “My role in Casa Jasmina is that of curator. In the blizzard of new things that constitutes the Internet of Things, I have to figure out what belongs on the premises. Casa Jasmina an actual, functional apartment directly above the lasers, routers and 3D printers of the famous Torino FabLab. It will have guests in it; people will sit in the chairs, sleep in the beds. I will personally test every last ‘thing’ that goes in there.”

According to the team, the first household item for the open apartment is a pet iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner named “Pietro Micca.” This device was selected, not because it’s high-tech but because the Roomba line is 10 years old, well-established and a living reality of domestic home automation.

“That’s what we want to see and display in Casa Jasmina — the ‘normal life’ of about 10 years from now,” the futurist urges.

Arduino says that the first batch of connected things for the apartment will be produced in a workshop, with the support of designer Jesse Howard, on February 22nd and 23rd.

“The workshop is suitable for designers, artists, hackers, and everyone interested in Arduino and open-source design and in order to stress the idea of open design, participants will be asked to reinterpret, modify and redesign an open source lamp proposed by Jesse.”

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The lamp will be embedded with an Arduino Yún (ATmega32U4) that will be used to make it interactive, enabling a user to turn it on or off remotely, change its color, use to visualize data and connect the lamp to another. So, what can we expect to see make its way into the open-source living quarters? As our friends note, the list includes:

  • A terrace garden
  • A study area including a bookshelf, effective task lighting, and cultural materials
  • Artworks including electronic art displays
  • A guide to Torino
  • A functional kitchen
  • Children’s toys and furniture
  • Temperature control, water control, electricity monitors, building-management services
  • Household appliances
  • Party supplies

Interested in learning more? Discover how you can collaborate with the team by visiting its official page. Meanwhile, be sure to tweet all about your ideas using the hashtag #CasaJasmina and check out Arduino’s latest blog update here.