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Arduino Tour goes to London: 21st of September – Workshop on #Iot

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Next 21st of September Arduino Tour is finally landing in London for a one-day workshop, starting at 10am at The Maker Works London, UK. (max. 18 people).

This edition of the official Arduino workshop is focused on the world of the Internet of Things and will allow participants to experiment with a botanical kit including an Arduino YÚN, plants and sensors. The workshop teaches you how to turn your plants and virtually any object into connected, responsive elements using Arduino YÚN.

Arduino YÚN is the combination of a classic Arduino Leonardo and a small Linux computer, able to connect to a network or Internet via Ethernet or WiFi. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or even a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.

Check the program and book your participation >>

20 Arduino ZERO Dev. Edition available for beta-testing – Join us!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Last May at Maker Faire Bay Area Massimo Banzi introduced our new board to the open source community:

The Arduino Zero, developed in collaboration with Atmel, is a simple and powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by Arduino UNO. The Zero board aims to provide creative individuals with the potential to realize truly innovative ideas for smart IoT devices, wearable technology, high-tech automation, crazy robotics, and projects not yet imagined. The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, which features a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core.

After the great experience we’ve been having with the beta-testing of the the Arduino TRE, we are happy to announce that starting today a limited batch of 20 Arduino ZERO is available for people wanting to join us in the process of beta-testing it..

The ideal beta-tester has time and interest in working on some specific issues we hope to accomplish with the beta-testing: we set up a list of tasks including writing examples, testing libraries and external hardware, and making projects that can be completed in a variety of timeframes.

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Last 2 days for #Call4Makers – Bring your project next October in Rome

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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The MakerFaire Rome Call for Makers runs until June the 15th, so you should be quick as we are only a couple of days away from final deadline!
If you’ve got an awesome project you want to show off to thousands of people in the capital of Italy, this is your moment.
The Call for Makers originally was due to close on the 25th of May, but we knew you needed some extra time to finalise your project, and we’ve extended it to next Sunday, June the 15ht, 2014 at midnight (CEST) and this is the final last call.

You can submit your project right now on this page and let us know it via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #Call4Makers and #MFR14.

Speakers, makers village and projects: Maker Faire Rome takes off

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Riccardo Luna, co-curator of Maker Faire Rome has just revealed the first list of speakers confirming their presence next October! You have some more days to submit your project, deadline extended until 15th of June.

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Today, together with Massimo Banzi, we have some important news to share with you. There are big novelties at the second annual European Maker Faire in Rome (actually, there will be many more within the next few days as you will see…).

The first one is the list of speakers for the opening conference on October 2. It is not complete, other names will be added, but already we can say: it is an incredible list.

We are delighted to announce the presence of, among others, Cory Doctorow, who, here, on this blog, does not even need to be introduced; artist Neil Harbisson; scientist Ellen Jorgensen, who will discuss genetic hacking; the very young Joey Hudy will be back and, this time, Super-Awesome Sylvia will also come; and the Dutch robot music band TeamDARE. (more…)

Meet Arduino ZERO – the new board jointly developed by Arduino and Atmel

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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It’s a pleasure to announce the latest development board, Arduino Zero, expanding the Arduino family by providing increased creative opportunities to the maker community.

Arduino and Atmel unveil the Arduino Zero, a simple and powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by Arduino UNO. It aims to provide creative individuals with the potential to realize truly innovative ideas especially for smart IoT devices, wearable technology, high-tech automation, crazy robotics, and projects not yet imagined.

The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, which features a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core and one of its most important feature is Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface without the need for additional hardware, significantly increasing the ease-of-use for software debugging. EDBG also supports a virtual COM port that can be used for device programming and traditional Arduino boot loader functionality. (more…)

Arduino TRE Dev. Edition is now available! Join us in the Beta Testing Program

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

ArduinoTRE-DE

We are excited to announce that starting today a limited batch of 50 Arduino TRE Developer Edition boards is  available in the Arduino Store.

The Arduino TRE Developer Edition (see other pics) is a pre-production board. Its release kicks off our redesigned Beta Testing Program: anyone in the community who purchases the board will be able to give us feedback and suggestions in a new, direct way.

After buying the board you’ll receive an invitation to join the beta-testing program, as a beta-tester you will be able to contribute to the development of the board by signing up for tasks and projects. You’ll be working alongside the Arduino and BeagleBoard.org teams on tasks such as writing examples, testing libraries and external hardware, and making projects. Completed tasks will be rewarded with a special program of benefits, including the possibility of featuring your project on the Arduino blog and receiving a coupon for the same value of the TRE Developer Edition you purchased. We will be beta-testing the board for about three months. (more…)

Live streaming from Toronto: Massimo Banzi at #DigifestTO2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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Massimo Banzi  will be featured as  Meet the Media Guru at #DigifestTO2014 in Toronto on the 9th of May!

Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity and this year the theme is Digital Urbanism and the Future of Cities:

For the first time in our history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. With a continual growth of 60 million urban residents every year, 70% of the population will live in cities by 2050.

If you are not staying in that part of the world, follow the livestream starting at 4.30 pm local time (20.30 GMT).

 


 

Time to Expand your Yún disk space and install Node.js

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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Following the announcement of the new Yún image, we are happy to announce two new features of the Arduino Yún.

  • The first feature allows you to use a micro SD card as a replacement for the Yún’s internal flash memory. We have a tutorial that demonstrates how using this expands your Yún’s free disk space from the original 7 Megabytes to the available Gigabytes of your SD card.

Having more disk space allows you to make more complex projects, like activating webcams and saving pictures taken with it. In addition, by using an external SD card you avoid using the internal flash memory, thus extending the life of your Yún.

To upgrade your Yún to access this feature, follow the tutorial. Report back to the Arduino Yún forum if you have any issues or questions.

  • The second new feature is the availability of Node.js as an installable package.

In order to install Node.js on your Yún, use the Arduino IDE to upload the YunSerialTerminal example or access your Yún via SSH.

Be sure your Yún has access to the internet, then type the following commands:

opkg update
opkg install node

And voilà! You’ve got Node.js on your Yún.

Try it out with the following command: 

node -e "console.log('Hello_Yun')"

If you are a Node.js fan, you probably want to use your favourite modules. Unfortunately, not every Node.js module is “pure javascript”, so some modules won’t work on the Yún. We are solving this by preparing packages for the most common native Node.js modules. We have already prepared node-serialport (opkg install node-serialport) and noble is on the way. If you miss your favourite module and want it added to the list, please consider joining us in developing the Yún.

Arduino Donations 2014: we are open to suggestions!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Once again this year Arduino will make a donation ( for a total of 30,000 USD) to promote open source culture and innovation.
This year, Arduino is also soliciting suggestions: througout 2014, we are asking our community to highlight the 10 organizations which would best benefit from Arduino support.

Arduino is based on the contribution of many other open source projects and wants to support these and other initiatives sharing our approach and philosophy, through yearly donations.
We thought it could be a great idea to involve the community for selecting the projects to support by suggesting us how they could benefit from Arduino donations.

The Arduino community is invited to suggest beneficiaries – associations, foundations, institutions – according to one or more of the following cornerstones:
– it brings innovations in the open electronic and making ecosystem
– it’s an open source project
– it facilitates the exchange of knowledge
– it has an impact on open source ecosystem
– it is a non commercial project

The first call is open during May: anyone can fill this form to send a suggestion based on the cornerstones explained above by the 30th of May. At the end of June we’ll announce 5 finalists receiving a donation of $2000 each.

The second call for submissions will happen during September.
At Maker Faire Rome in October 2014, Arduino will announce the remaining 5 finalists receiving a donation of $2000 each.

The final selection will be at the discretion of the Arduino team.

Moreover, Arduino founders have already chosen their beneficiaries: Creative Commons, Free Software Foundation and Processing.

 

MakerFaire Rome: the european call for makers is online! Join us

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Maker Faire 2014

 

It’s time to start tinkering on new projects or pimp-up some old ones because MakerFaire Rome is calling!

Last year it was an overwhelming experience for all of us: more than 35.000 people from all over the world gathered for the first edition of the European edition of MakerFaire. Around 24o makers presented their projects ( 60% from Italy and 40% from the rest of the continent) and showed to a crowd of enthusiasts and newbies  the impact of open source community and DIY on our lives. (more…)