Why the Arduino Won and Why It’s Here to Stay

Davide GombaFebruary 11th, 2011

Philip Torrone on Makezine debates in a very interesting editorial about the Arduino success, and the ongoing development of new boards similar to our favorite.

In about a week, a rep from a large chip company is going to stop by and show me another “Arduino-like platform,” aka The Arduino Killer. This a pretty regular occurrence around here; every month or so there’s a company or person who wants to make the “next Arduino.” They usually contact me because I’ve covered the Arduino for years, helped get it in the maker world, and I use it daily in my work at Adafruit. I think it’s had an amazing impact on electronic hobbyists and artists, perhaps as much as the personal computer in the early days (Homebrew Computer Club, etc). There are more than 100,000+ Arduinos on the market, and by my estimates, a lot more when you add in the derivatives (approximately 150K as of 2/2011). Within the next 5 to 10 years, the Arduino will be used in every school to teach electronics and physical computing — that’s my prediction. There’s no going back.

Which are the reasons of this success? A must-read sum-up of the different levels that make Arduino well… Arduino.

Keep reading it on [MAKE]

5 Responses to “Why the Arduino Won and Why It’s Here to Stay”

  1. Luke Says:

    There’s an interesting response to the article over on HaD. The article is much nicer than the title would lead you to believe.

    http://hackaday.com/2011/02/11/how-the-arduino-won-this-is-how-we-can-kill-it/

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  5. John Dimo Says:

    I followed the link and read the article. Excellent read! Pretty much sums it up for me. Having not programmed microcontrollers since college, back when we had to program via assembler language, the Arduino platform has revitalized my interest in hobby electronics because of its ease of use.