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Arduino TRE Developer Edition, 2nd round of beta-testing

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Arduino TRE

30 Arduino TRE Developer Edition boards (the last ones!) are available online today on our store. Whoever purchases them will be added to our Beta-testing Program, joining the about hundred betatesters already contributing to the development of the hardware and software of the board.
UPDATE, December 15th: the boards sold out over the weekend and are no longer available on our store.

You can learn about the program and the board on this post. These boards have the latest Web IDE pre-installed and ready to go, we are now at a stable IDE release with everything fully functional. We will write a specific post about the new Web IDE next week, so stay tuned!

The first round of the program focused mostly on hardware and software testing, and we have just rewarded the betatesters who contributed the most. We really would like this second round to revolve around contents creation. For all Arduino boards, examples and projects are really crucial to get beginners started with a new environment. This is even more relevant for the Arduino TRE, that thanks to the onboard Linux system, has so much more power and potential than classic Arduinos.

For instance you could use the Arduino TRE as a personal cloud, keeping all your data available to your connected devices without having to rely on third party services; you could create a system to stream music wirelessly to your speakers with a tangible user interface; build a DIGI software that allows ZigBee porting; make an interactive whiteboard for schools, and so on.

We have a reward system in place for completed projects: two coupons of the same value of the Arduino TRE Developer Edition purchased, a dedicated post on our blog, Arduino TRE limited edition T-shirts, 10% off coupons for the Arduino Store. We look forward to hear about your projects!

When is the Arduino TRE going to be finally on the market? The board is ready, but we don’t have a final release date yet because we are still figuring out some manufacturing matters. We’ll keep you posted!

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An example of a project running on an Arduino TRE.
3D Photobooth, Xun Yung and Tien Pham, Maker Faire Rome 2014.
A 3D anaglyph photobooth uses two cameras to capture a 3D picture. Each picture is processed using the Arduino TRE board. It separates the red channel from one camera and the cyan channel from the other, and overlays them together. The result is then printed out on a large photostrip.

News and updates from the beta-testing of the Arduino TRE

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Arduino TRE Summer testing

Internal Development of the Arduino TRE, Torino, Italy

We are getting closer and closer to the first release of the new TRE IDE. We are currently working on finalising some features for the Ethernet and WiFi connection, and for the Serial Monitor. We are also designing a new Arduino TRE Home, a place where users will be able to launch all the apps available for the TRE, run updates, and get support.

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Beta-testing program

More than 100 beta-testers are involved in the program, from a variety of backgrounds and ages. Most of the hardware tests have been completed by this incredible group of people. Beta-testers have been giving feedback on the software side too: as soon as we come up with a new release they try it out and report any issue they find. Beta-testers have also been helping out on porting existing examples to the TRE. Examples are really crucial to get beginners started with a new environment and this is even more relevant for this board, since it has so much more potential than classic Arduinos.

We are also very excited to see the results of the projects that are already in progress: a Robotic Arm, a Smart Thermostat, a DSLR Controller, a Car Diagnostic Dashboard, and a variety of audio/video projects.

Coming soon: Learn about the testing suite we are putting together to check all the production boards!

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See you at Maker Faire Bay Area! 17th and 18th of May

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MakerfaireBayarea

Today and tomorrow you visit us at the Arduino booth (#204) right next to Atmel booth (#205) and have a look at our cool demos. You’ll find all the new boards: Arduino TRE Development Edition and Arduino ZERO, Arduino Yún together with Temboo and the freshly baked Arduino at Heart littleBits Module!

Massimo Banzi keynote is scheduled at 4.00PM and Michael Shiloh’s Getting Started with Arduino talks are waiting for you 2 times a day. (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…)

Open source matters in hardware, too – Interview

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Arduino TRE

(Article originally published on Ars Technica)

Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica conducts a Q&A with Massimo Banzi as Arduino’s rise continues.

Most of the technology world is familiar with open source software and the reasons why, in some eyes, it’s more appealing than proprietary software. When software’s source code is available for anyone to inspect, it can be examined for security flaws, altered to suit user wishes, or used as the basis for a new product.

Less well-known is the concept behind open source hardware, such as Arduino. Massimo Banzi, co-creator of Arduino, spoke with Ars this month about the importance of open hardware and a variety of other topics related to Arduino. As an “open source electronic prototyping platform,” Arduino releases all of its hardware design files under a Creative Commons license, and the software needed to run Arduino systems is released under an open source software license. That includes an Arduino development environment that helps users create robots or any other sort of electronics project they can dream up.

So just like with open source software, people can and do make derivatives of Arduino boards or entirely new products powered by Arduino technology.

Why is openness important in hardware? “Because open hardware platforms become the platform where people start to develop their own products,” Banzi told Ars. “For us, it’s important that people can prototype on the BeagleBone [a similar product] or the Arduino, and if they decide to make a product out of it, they can go and buy the processors and use our design as a starting point and make their own product out of it.”

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A sneak preview of Arduino TRE powered by Texas Instruments

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Arduino TRE

Next saturday  5th of October Massimo Banzi with Jason Kridner and Gerald Coley (Texas Instrument) will talk about the new collaboration on Arduino TRE during a talk at Maker Faire Rome ( from 15.30 in Room G – Archimede).

Arduino TRE, based on the Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor is the “most powerful Arduino to date” and the first that will be able to run “full Linux.”

Thanks to the 1-GHz Sitara AM335x processor, Arduino developers get up to 100 times more performance with the Sitara-processor-based TRE than they do on the Arduino Leonardo or Uno. This performance opens the doors to more advanced Linux-powered applications. The Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino can run high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.

The Arduino TRE is two Arduinos in one: the Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino, while leveraging the simplicity of the Arduino software experience. The integration of the AVR Arduino enables the Arduino TRE to use the existing shield ecosystem so that innovators can expand the Arduino TRE to develop a wide range of high-performance applications such as 3D printers, gateways for building automation and lighting automation, telemetry hubs that collect data from nearby sensors wirelessly, and other connected applications that require host control plus real-time operations.  (more…)