Even if some of you (thanks for the wonderful picture, Bill) already realized it, we are officially announcing a big Christmas surprise for all Arduino users in North America: Radioshack sells Arduino in most of its 6000+ stores all around US!
This means that you’re going to find Arduino UNO, Arduino MEGA 2560 and Arduino ADK, together with four shields, in the main Radioshack stores in your homecity.
Arduino jumps into the retail market in its new *sexy* retail packaging developed by TODO.
We are asking you to celebrate this wonderful achievement by taking pictures of the Arduinos in the Radioshack nearby and twitt them with #Arduino@Radioshack hashtag.
Wonder if any of these new products (and retail packaging) will be sold on the Arduino Store? Stay tuned for next week Christmas’ Specials.
Sometimes, it is amazing to see how technology is used to make the world a better place to live for the less fortunate. One such problem has been thought out and tackled by Anirudh Sharma aka touchaddict on IRC. His invention is called ‘Le-chal’ which translates to ‘Take me there’ in Hindi.
Sharma conceptualized and demonstrated the system at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab Design and Innovation Workshop 2011.
The Le Chal system comprises of a pair of shoes, one of which is fitted with Vibrators, proximity sensors and a Bluetooth pad which is connected to an Android phone that calculates directions and real time location using Google Maps and the phone’s built-in GPS and compass module.
For all the people calling Arduino a ‘toy’ and ‘too simple’ here is a fact: it’s simplicity gave the inventors the power to rapidly prototype, and the invention was ready in 6 days.
As per his presentation, the system costs barely a few hundred rupees to assemble with 8 mini vibrational motors costing Rs 90, a sole of specified dimensions, an Arduino Lilypad GSM+GPS shield custom made for Rs 400 or a wired version costing Rs 150 for all the components.
The shoes have also been tested at a blind school in Bangalore, India, and have received positive reviews.
On Thursday Kate Hartman took me to visit her Social Body lab at OCAD University. After that, we went to visit Lawrence at Creatron, a local retailer of electronics parts for hobbyists. I am envious of the electronics hackers in Toronto because of that store! Lawrence carries all the stuff I and my students buy online all the time: microcontrollers, modules from online retailers like Adafruit and Spark Fun and individual components like resistors, LEDs, and much more. He told me he works directly with his friends and colleagues in Hong Kong to import parts directly, so as to cut out the middleman and keep prices low. I tried to talk him into opening a store in New York City as well. We need you in NYC, Lawrence!
The Digifest talk was a great experience, thanks to organizers Luigi Ferrara, Nick Crampton, Samantha Fraser and the rest of the Digifest TO team. Thanks also to Maria Grazia Mattei and Giulia Capodieci of Meet the Media Guru for inviting and hosting me as well.Thanks to all the folks in the audience who asked really great questions as well.
On Friday Steve, John, and Ramona Pringle gave me a tour of Ryerson’s Digital Media facilities. Ryerson’s just finishing off the renovation of their Image Arts gallery, which looks like it’ll be a good space for showcasing student and faculty work. The building has a skin of LED panels, all of which are software-controllable, and John and his colleagues have been writing driver software for it. I look forward to seeing images from it when it’s lit up, and seeing what students do with it when they get their hands on it. We also took a tour of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone business incubator, and had a great chat with Jason Nolan about the work EDGElab is doing in assistive design. He showed me an Arduino-based keyboard emulator designed by Vlad Cazan that was built to help a young girl with 1P36 deletion syndrome to communicate.
Keyboard emulator by Vlad Cazan and EDGELab
The TIFF Nexus peripherals event featured five hardware and software game hacks developed by teams who signed up for the event. Sadly, I only got to play two of them before I had to leave. Button Masher (again featuring Vlad and Alex Bethke of Golden Gear Games) is made up of two panels of hexagons of large light-up buttons, a sort of 21st century wack-a-mole, but with a variety of different games you can play on it, from snake trap to an Othello-like board game. Analog Defender, by Alexander Martin and Patrick Dinnen is a space game in the style of Space Invaders, but with a control panel made of great chunky industrial control knobs and buttons. The interface is pretty complicated but unlabled, and the developers encouraged players to label the controls with post-it notes as a form of social labeling. I loved the way you end up collaborating with people who played before you as a result.
It was a great trip, and it was wonderful to see so many folks using Arduino in really creative ways in Toronto.
Massimo interverrà all‘Arduino Day organizzato all’interno di Robotica 2011. Oltre alle presentazioni di Davide Canepa [Scuola di Robotica] e Leonardo di Cosmo [Discienza] vari utenti Arduino (scuole e singoli) avranno la possibilità di mostrare / presentare il loro progetto [Programma]. (scrivi a info (chiocciola) scuoladirobotica.it partecipare allo show-case). Arduino parteciperà attivamente a questa edizione di Robotica 2011 con uno stand. Veniteci a trovare per avere maggiori informazioni su Arduino e la didattica, sperimentare con vari progetti in esposizione e partecipare alle attività organizzate durante la fiera.
1- What is your favorite product, digital or otherwise, to use, and why?
When I was 8 years old my dad gave me a Braun Lectron Electronics Kit. It was packaged like a book. On the left side there was an actual book you could pop out that explained how electronics work using hand-drawn bubbles that kids could understand, followed by very clean and simple instructions on how to assemble the modules. Then on the right there was a play area made of metal, where you could make various projects and then neatly store away the building blocks when you were done. You could just close up the book afterwards and put it on the book shelf.
Hacking days upcoming in Bangalore, India, for Yahoo HackDay 2011. Have a look at the schedule of the event, as well as the Hardware Hacks Wiki. We expect Arduino ADK + Android hacks to rule the scene!
[sudar] (is giving) a talk on Arduino and Android ADK and will be demoing some of the hacks which I have created using them. If this hasn’t convinced you, then there is more. Yahoo is also going to sponsor 50% price for the hardware that you need for hacking. Yes, you read it right again. We have arranged this offer with 9 Circuits. Head over to the Open hackday wiki to get more details about it.
Infine un grandissimo saluto a tutti coloro che hanno fatto il Camp, cioé i 200 e più partecipanti che si sono susseguiti nella due giorni. I volontari (Uwe, Federico, Vanessa, Maria, Eleonora e Nico) hanno cercato di monitorare le entrate della gente. Pare che non tutti gli iscritti si siano presentati, ma che un numero maggiore di persone sia venuto senza essersi prenotato-
1) arduinocamp.com : é stato interessante utilizzare un sito unico e le funzionalità della wiki per coordinare gli interessati per permettere agli utenti di appuntare e realizzare loro stessi il report del Camp. In realtà ci siamo appoggiati ad alcuni form esterni. Nel prossimo futuro faremo in modo che il sito riesca a gestire le richieste direttamente.
3) Progetti. L’elenco dei progetti presentati lo trovate sul ArduinoCamp. Purtroppo a causa del delirio organizzativo che il camp ha comportato, la conferma delle talk é avvenuta troppo a ridosso del camp, comportando la defezione di alcuni relatori. Ci scusiamo per questo inconveniente e rinnoviamo l’invito per la prossima volta.Le presentazioni “lampo” sono state una grande prova per i nostri relatori, che comunque se la sono cavata bene. Progetti nel complesso molto interessanti.
4) HackDay. L’entusiasmo (e l’odore di sudore) che si respiravano la domenica durante l’HackDay ci hanno conrfermato che momenti di questo tipo vanno riproposti e rispondono ad una serie di richieste da parte di una crescente comunità smanettona in Italia. Il tempo é stato un limitato. In future edizioni potrebbe essere aumentato ad un giorno e mezzo, con una notte che porta sempre consiglio di mezzo.
5) La vendita delle Arduino e di oggetti simili dovrà durare maggior tempo, e dovrà essere meglio gestita.
6) L’esposizione di oggetti realizzati con Arduino dovrò avere più spazio e dovrà essere reclamizzata con più largo anticipo.
Per chi volesse, qui ci sono foto del camp (realizzate per noi da Costantino Bongiorno). Qui altre da Pitusso e qui da Paolo Bonelli
Grazie a tutti quelli che hanno partecipato e ora pensiamo a quando fare il prossimo.