Physical Computing Guru, Massimo Banzi
gives an insight into the success of Arduino
The first widespread open source hardware platform, Arduino, launched in 2005 to simplify the process of electronic prototyping, enables everyday people with little or no technical background to build interactive products. The small electronic board, based on flexible, easy to use hardware and software it’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
The success of this innovative board is down to two Italians (Massimo Banzi, Gianluca Martino), two Americans (Tom Igoe, David Mellis) and a Spaniard who lives in Sweden (David Cuartielles).
The Arduino ecosystem is a combination of three different elements:
- A small electronic board manufactured in Italy that makes it easy and affordable to learn to program a microcontroller, a type of tiny computer found inside millions of everyday objects.
- A free software application used to program the board.
- A vibrant community, true expression of the enthusiasm powering the project.
Every day on the www.arduino.cc website thousands of people connect with other users, ask for help, engage and contribute to the project.
Work of professional artists and interaction designers, as well as answers to practical problems of ordinary people: the spectrum of projects born with Arduino – in the worlds of design, art, architecture, music and science – is diverse and surprising. It is very difficult to keep up with all the inventions of users of Arduino.
Arduino have been made many scientific laboratory instruments which are usually marketed at a very high price. For example Arduino is used at CERN and in other leading laboratories.
Another very important aspect is the continued growth of the community of makers, including Arduino is the technological heart. Some, like The Economist, spoke of Third Industrial Revolution. The economy, the relationship with objects, sharing and creativity are all evolving in this process of transformation.
Arduino have just released the Arduino Robot, find out more about their latest invention here.