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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.

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

David Cuartielles Interviews Daito Manabe @ Tecarteco

Saturday, October 9th, 2010


As you may have read, Massimo was invited to talk and run a workshop at Tecarteco (a festival about Technology, Art and Ecology in Lugano, Switzerland) . Everything was great, and we had an amazing time with the guys from the workshop!  The first big surprise was that David Cuartielles joined us for the whole week, and for the workshop as well. The second surprise was this improvised interview to Daito Manabe that started as a joke but with very interesting questions (followed but very interesting answers).


Arduino in Space

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Jim McGuire of the Stensat Group sent this report on what might be the most exteme environment that an Arduino’s been deployed in yet:

“In addition to the primary ISS construction mission, STS-127 is carrying two 19-inch spherical satellites scheduled for deployment on Mission Day 16. The two spheres, Castor and Pollux [], are part of the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) that studies atmospheric perturbations in the LEO environment. Castor [] contains an ARM processor, while Pollux is running an Atmel ATMega CPU. Pollux [] also contains student payloads developed with Arduino on Atmel AVRs. Both satellites transmit telemetry using the FX.25 FEC format [] developed by the Stensat guys []. Many components are commercial-grade, purchased from Digikey. This is the second ANDE mission, following the successful deployment of MAA and FCal [] on STS-116 (both also flying commercial components.)”

Thanks Jim, for the report!