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Arduino A Scuola, I Primi Passi

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Ci aspetta un mese denso di eventi. Il prossimo 19 maggio sarò all’Iti Majorana di Grugliasco per la conferenza “Dai libri ai videogiochi: il futuro dell’informatica a scuola“. L’evento, a distanza di nove mesi dalla conferenza  Arduino a Scuola”, si propone di mostrare un possibile riposizionamento dell’Informatica alla luce dei cambiamenti attuati dalla riforma della scuola.

[...]la riforma del secondo ciclo, con le nuove materie di Tecnologie Informatiche e Scienze e Tecnologie Applicate, reintroduce l’informatica già nel primo biennio di studi della scuola superiore. In questo contesto si aprono nuove opportunità e nuove sfide per migliorare l’insegnamento dell’informatica negli istituti tecnici e nei licei.[...]

La conferenza porterà l’esperienza di alcuni docenti, nell’insegnamento dell’Informatica a scuola, attraverso Scratch e Processing, fino alle numerose sperimentazioni con Arduino.

Negli ultimi mesi, oltre ad aver portato a termine grazie al supporto dell’Associazione Dschola corsi di Arduino e Processing in diverse scuole, abbiamo elaborato un sito in grado di permettere la condivisione di contenuti e lezioni di Arduino. In occasione del seminario avrò modo di mostrare le funzionalità del sito , ancora in beta testing. Tra l’evento del 19 e l’Arduino Camp di metà giugno il sito verrà “testato” da alcuni docenti individuati all’interno della community, il modo migliore per provarlo e renderlo più vicino alle esigenze dei suoi utenti finali.

A presto per maggiori informazioni!

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Google Launches Android Open Accessory Development Kit Based On Arduino

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

As seen in the streaming of Google IO 2011, physical computing and interactive enviroments are one of the main topics opening the conference. The Android Open Accessory Kit is going to allow Android related devices receive data from different sensors (just via USB, for now).

The Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) provides an implementation of an Android USB accessory that is based on the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform, the accessory’s hardware design files, code that implements the accessory’s firmware, and the Android application that interacts with the accessory. The hardware design files and code are contained in the ADK package download.

The board is  based on the Arduino Mega2560 and Circuits@Home USB Host Shield designs, since it communicates to the phone in its “accessory” mode. You can get the custom library / firmware to make it run & test with the shield pictured on top.

more info on the [Android Developer site], via [engadget] source [Google IO]

Washington Post About Bottom-Up Innovation And DIY

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

An interesting, well-written portrait about nowadays Maker Revolution from Michael S. Rosenwald on Washington post.

Recent studies show consumers now spend more money tweaking and inventing stuff than consumer product firms spend on research and development. It’s more than $3.75 billion a year in Britain, and U.S. studies under way now show similiar patterns. Makers are even morphing into entrepreneurs, with some of the best projects, including Kleinman’s, raising money for commercial development of self-funding Web sites such as Kickstarter, where anyone with a credit card can chip in to back cool ideas.

[...]“You think of the lone tinkerer in the shed in the ’50s and ’60s and you were pretty lucky to find anyone else interested in what you were doing,” said Dale Dougherty, the founder of Make Magazine. “Today you begin by putting your work online, and then people can seek you out and help. If you have an idea for a project, there are very few barriers to getting it done.”

via [washington post]

India on the press

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I landed yesterday in Bangalore and two things happened. First, India won the World Championship in Cricket … that is big … second, Arduino’s Indian distributor 9circuits was featured on (a partner to Wall Street Journal) … to me, that is bigger, specially considering the length of the article -devoted to the DIY culture and how it opens up for innovation-.


9circuits on livemint

(c) 2011 LiveMint, picture courtesy of

Nandeep Mali, Harry Samson, Priya Kuber and Pronoy Chopra are the founders of 9 Circuits, an online store that hopes to kickstart the country’s fledgling do-it-yourself (DIY) hardware community. Hardware engineering includes everything from building prototype vehicles to experimental gadgets. The store sells an entire range of programmable Arduino Boards (the engineering foundation for everything from a robot to a GPS module), hardware components, sensors and spare parts.

It operates out of a single room on the first floor of a shopping complex in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar. Their unlikely neighbours include a detective agency called Omniscient Detectives. Inside the 9 Circuits office are four desks arranged haphazardly, stacked with miniature mountains of electronic components. “Everything is about software here, so the hardware hobbyists in India are largely fragmented. There’s lots of knowledge but very little networking,” says Mali, rooting through a box of touch screens. “The entry barriers become very heavy.”

The part dedicated to 9circuits is actually quite interesting, there is even room for Priya to advocate for a better gender distribution in the world of hardware and technology. That we want as well:

“When you study abroad, every student is exposed to some broader arm of DIY culture,” Kuber says. “We want to recreate that atmosphere. Create documentation and videos that can be replicated locally.” While detailed instructions exist on the Internet for just about every conceivable engineering conundrum, many of these assume that you’re living in a society with easy access to specific components. “Try going to a hardware store and asking for an M3 screw,” Kuber says. “They’ll blink.”

Kuber conducts workshops on DIY at engineering colleges around north India, and wants to encourage more women to take up hardware engineering. “The problem here is that there are middlemen and organizations willing to sell you complete college projects, so a lot of people don’t have to solder a thing to get through the system.”



Massimo Alla Fondazione Rumor, Vicenza.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Massimo é stato invitato dalla [Fondazione Giacomo Rumor] – Centro Produttività Veneto – a spiegare  Arduino e l’innovazione distribuita dell’Open Hardware. L’incontro, di due ore, si terra a Vicenza giovedì 31 Marzo, alle ore 18:00, presso il Viest Hotel (Strada Pelosa 121 – Vicenza).

Vi aspettiamo numerosi!

Scarica l’invito [qui], [thread di Pitusso sul Forum per incrociare la Comunità]

Interview With David Cuartielles About Open Hardware (in Spanish)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

For the many spanish-speaking readers of the blog, an interview with David Cuartielles, explaining Arduino and its “silent revolution”:

Arduino es el Hardware Abierto —o Libre, como gusten— por excelencia y David Cuartielles su co-creador. Él, junto Massimo Banzi y un creciente grupo de hackers de la electrónica y el software han diseñado y construido no sólo un dispositivo físico con espíritu libre y abierto, también han guiado una gran comunidad de entusiastas en lo que Soraya Paniagua recién llamó una “revolución silenciosa”.

via [alt1040]

Build “An Interactive Exhibit for About $30″ With Arduino, Online NYT Word

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

[Nick Bilton] published an article about Arduino and how it influenced Interaction Design, with a close look about Exhibition Design.

“The Arduino has changed the way we can create and build exhibits,” said Hélène Alonso, director of interactive exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “In the past, we would have used 50 percent of our budget on computers that have now been replaced with the simplicity of the Arduino.”

A current exhibit at the museum called “Brain: The Inside Story,” uses an Arduino to calculate a person’s accuracy and brain power while tracing the shape of a star. Another exhibit at the museum lets people see the relationship of the weights of some dinosaurs in relation to those of humans.

For artists and designers, one of the biggest draws of the Arduino is the cost. A single Arduino, which can be used to control a number of aspects of a museum installation, costs just $30. Once an artist has a chip, inexpensive sensors can be added to make the device sentient.

via [NYT Online]


MIT Technology Review On Arduino

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Technology Review of March/April 2011 has an article about the Arduino written by Erica Naone.

As electronic devices got more complicated in the past few decades, it became increasingly difficult and expensive to tinker with hardware. The 1970s garage engineers who built their own computers gave way to geeks who programmed their own software. But now the rise of open-source hardware is paving the way for a return of build-it-yourself electronics. Creators can start with devices such as the Arduino, an inexpensive control board that’s easy to program and can hook up to a wide variety of hardware. People can create projects that range from blinking light shows to more sophisticated efforts such as robotics. The Arduino started with designers in Italy, who license the boards to manufacturers and distributors that sell official versions for less than $50. The Arduino designers freely share the specifications for anyone to use, however, and third-party manufacturers all over the world offer versions of their own, sometimes optimized for specific purposes.

Magazine stories are paid, so unless you subscribe you won’t have the pleasure to read the article.

via [Massimo's morning twitts] source [Technology Review]

Stazione Futuro, Un FabLab Tutto Italiano a Torino

Monday, February 28th, 2011


Il 17 Marzo inaugura la mostra StazioneFuturo alle “Officine Grandi Riparazioni” di Torino.
Dopo tante mostre sul passato si è pensato di guardare ad un futuro possibile per l’Italia mostrando le idee che già oggi sono sul territorio e che entreranno a far parte della nostra vita nei prossimi dieci anni.
La mostra è curata da Riccardo Luna di Wired che ne ha parlato già a novembre su ItalianValley.

Riccardo ci ha chiesto di sviluppare l’area sul futuro del lavoro e noi abbiamo pensato che una mostra così doveva essere uno spazio vivo dove succedono delle cose. Perciò abbiamo deciso di organizzare un FabLab.

Cos’è un FabLab? un Fabrication Laboratory è un piccolo laboratorio dotato di una serie di macchine controllate da computer che permettono di fabbricare “quasi tutto”. Il concetto nasce da un corso dell’MIT di Boston insegnato da Neil Gershenfeld dove per anni hanno sperimentato come progettare e prototipare nuove tipologie di prodotti usando tecnologie che sembravano limitate alla produzione di massa.

Questo FabLab è a disposizione di tutti. Ci saranno corsi per imparare ad usare le macchine ma anche le tecnologie abilitanti il design digitale (come Processing, Arduino, SketchUp , Grasshopper, Rhino ed altri), Ospiti che ci spiegheranno come questo nuovo modo di lavorare impatterà sul nostro futuro e momenti in cui le macchine saranno utilizzabili da chi ci verrà a trovare.

Per poter far funzionare questo laboratorio abbiamo bisogno di voi!!

Il laboratorio è alla ricerca di 1 collaboratore a tempo pieno, 2 collaboratori part time ed un gruppo di volontari. I collaboratori impareranno ad utilizzare le macchine e le tecniche di design e produzione per poterle insegnare agli altri. Faranno parte dei workshop prima come studenti e poi come insegnanti.
Creeranno connessioni tra il lab e le realtà locali. per questo ci piacerebbe avere studenti delle università di Torino nel team.

Nei prossimi giorni inizieremo a selezionare le persone per il team, se siete interessati inviateci il vostro nominativo qui

Vorremmo cogliere l’occasione per ringraziare queste aziende che con la loro lungimiranza hanno supportato il progetto fornendo i macchinari : SEI , la Roland Italia , C.M.F. Marelli distributore italiano di Zcorp, F.T.A. e Tecnologie Aerodinamiche Srl per la depurazione.


UPDATE: Selezioni chiuse. Sono aperte solo più le richieste di volontari- Grazie per il grandissimo seguito.


Massimo Interview for FairCompanies About ArduinoMassimo Interview for FairCompanies About ArduinoMassimo Interview for FairCompanies About Arduino

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Back in Barcelona, Massimo has been interviewed by Kirsten Dirksen for FairCompanies. Much of the educational and sharing philosophy of Arduino is explained by Massimo in the interview.

The Arduino- an affordable, open source microcontroller board- has been touted as connecting the real world to your computer. To get an idea of what that means, here is just a sample of sustainability-related projects created by the Arduino community:

In this video, we talk to Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi about the power of the Arduino, how it’s “not for nerds” and how it was kept alive by the fact that it was open source.

By the way: SmartProjects, (Arduino main producer in Italy) joined Impatto Zero back in 2008, by planting half a squared meter for each Arduino board produced.

via [faicompanies]