1. Open Source Washing Machine

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    2nd year students of the École supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence in collaboration with Montagné, Jean-Pierre Mandon and France Cadet. The “Open-Source Washing Machine” project is a project by Jean-Noël Montagné aiming to rethink the way we wash clothes around the world, in accordance with economical, sociological, cultural and environmental aspects. A majority of the people on this planet, mostly women, wash clothes by hand in harsh conditions related to poverty, lack of sanitation, water or energy. This project was born in spring 2008 during an Open Source Hardware workshop for artists in Craslab Paris. The “Open Source Washing Machine” workshop was organized by France Cadet, Jean-Noël Montagné and Jean-Pierre Mandon at the École supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence. Three machines were designed by the 2nd-year students over a three-day period: one high-tech prototype working with sound, boomer loudspeakers to agitate water through the vibration of the container, not low tech, and expensive (but it was fun to write “music for clothes” with the open source software Pure Data) and another prototype using bicycle part, as the tire and the wheel, plus bamboo, and a solar panel directly connected to a recycled electric motor (from a photocopier). A mechanical system could reverse the sense of rotation automatically after few turns. Source et lien de référence Lift 2009 Marseille : Lien de référence du projet : http://liftconference.com/news/open-source-washing-machine-liftfrance-09-experience-presentation

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