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Innovation Chat with Alessandro, one of the 2014 LapTime Club Winners

As one of the winners of the first phase of the LapTime Club project, Alessandro proposed a breakthrough idea about integrating data collection with the Google Glass technology.

SEE ALSO: Alessandro Sarcina: my Laptime Club idea? Integrating Google Glass and Data Collection

Like any innovator, he has the ability to truly think outside of imposed boundaries and deliver creative solutions to different kinds of problems. Recently he has participated in the Intel hackathon dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) and together with his team won the first prize, proposing an innovative solution to a common everyday issue.

Innovation often comes from having a wide-ranging vision and unconventional approach. It seems to be linked less with the expertise and more with how one’s mind can think about details while still focusing on the bigger picture and with the ability to put together a wild idea and the reality.

Discover through the following interview more about Alessandro’s recent project, his approach to innovation and his method for creative problem solving:

HELLO ALESSANDRO, IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR RECENT VICTORY OF THE INTEL HACKATHON, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF INTERNET OF THINGS AND ITS APPLICABILITY IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES? 

I’ve been hearing of IoT for many years, mainly in the academic environment. Nowadays the technology is offering attractive solutions to many issues related to this topic, however there are still many relevant questions that remain open, such as security, energy consumption and communication standards. The ambition to connect multiple objects to the Internet must surely lead us to rethink the way we live and interact with the outside world, managing increasing number of available information.

What personally fascinate me about this area are the infinite potential implementation possibilities and the ubiquity of the issue. As a matter of fact, it could really revolutionize everyday life but especially bring significant contributions into business areas that could benefit in terms of efficiency and cost reduction of some business processes.

COULD YOU TELL US WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL APPROACH TO THE INNOVATION PROCESS? 

In this last experience, the innovative process started from the creation of the group and from the passion for the topic. Immediately after we decided to begin with daily needs and look for solutions to everyday problems. One of these was our project Trashly – a solution to the garbage and recycling collection of household waste.

Trashly 3

Trashly is a system that is activated as soon as the user approaches the recycling bins, a photo of the object to be recycled is taken and a third-party cloud service identifies the content of the image. At this point the system, on the basis of the information received, determines the type of object to recycle and opens the correct bin.

Once the problem is identified, you can design the solution starting from the expertise of each team member, the tools available and especially considering the time constraints. The final approach is to be evaluated in front of the real problem and its criticalities. The most important thing should be changing the perspective from “I stop here because I don’t know how to proceed” to “Let’s see how we can move forward”.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN WAY OF CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING?

I don’t think it’s a personal approach, I believe however, that it is necessary to have your mind open in order to solve problems by using less conventional tools and methods.

TELL US ABOUT 3 KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH.

In this kind of projects it is preferable to work with people who have great technical skills, but also knowledge of different fields and industries. It is always important to have a motivated team.

WHAT ARE THE 3 FUNDAMENTAL THINGS THAT YOU ALWAYS PUT IN YOUR ‘INNOVATION TOOLKIT’?

There are three things that are absolutely intangible. The first and most important one is passion. There should be also curiosity and desire to learn, and finally the excitement and adrenaline of doing something new.

WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PROJECTS LINKED TO THE INNOVATION?

We will see…:)

THANK YOU ALESSANDRO FOR SHARING WITH US YOUR EXPERIENCE; SEE YOU SOON IN LAPTIME CLUB!

Biometrics, Wearable Technologies and Motorsport

Biometrics Motorsport LapTime Club

After the recent victory of the Alessandro Sarcina’s idea of integrating Google Glass into the racing data collection, we would like to bring to your attention the topic of wearable devices, as it seems that wearable solutions, together with context-aware computing and biometrics find applicability also in the motorsport and automotive industry.

SEE ALSO: Alessandro Sarcina: my LapTime Club Idea? Integrating Google Glass and data collection

New Technology

Wearable sensors are used in order to collect psychological and movement data, enabling constant monitoring. They have diagnostic, as well as monitoring applications*. Wearable technology has applications in gathering real-time feedback of athletes, as well as in monitoring disabled and elderly patients.  The decreasing cost of power processing and of other components is facilitating its widespread adoption and availability. **

Biometrics and Motorsport

Wearable systems will surely redefine how we use and interact with information and benefit many industries of different kinds. Given the recent developments in this field we could ask:

How could we take advantage of recent advances in information technology to improve the racing performance?
 Could there be a possibility to apply these new technologies to the motorsport industry and in which way?

For example, remote racing pilot monitoring systems based on wearable sensors seem to be just a matter of time in the quickly evolving technology environment.

Despite the recent developments in wearable sensor could let to a number of exciting motorsport applications, there are still significant challenges ahead before such solutions can be utilized with success.

Free your ideas!

Do you have any other ideas linked to the topic of wearable technology and its possible use in the motorsport and automotive industry? Be the change in the motorsport world by joining the LapTime Club community and suggesting innovative solutions!

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Remember to take the LapTime Club survey: either you are or not a Member, your opinions are very precious to optimize Magneti Marelli’s social innovation community and drive its future evolution.

* Patel et al., A review of wearable sensors and systems with application in rehabilitation, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 2012
** Wikipedia.org, Wearable Technology