In September 2011 professor Guglielmo Lanzani, director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), meets Angelo Bartesaghi, the late president of OMET srl. The idea is to start exploring the possibilities of converting printing machineries into manufacturing tools for smart objects such as photovoltaic panels.
A feasibility study was thus successfully conducted between 2011 and 2012. This lead to the establishment of a joint OMET-IIT laboratory in Milan, focused on the R&D and technology transfer from lab scale to industrial-machinery scale. In July 2014 the R&D was successfully completed and the prototyping phase has begun. Co-development of photovoltaic-powered products in the field of sensor network and Internet of Things has started and is presently being developed.
In March 2016 Ribes Technologies srl was founded, co-owned by OMET srl and former researchers from the IIT.