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Arduino workshop at Fondazione Castiglioni – Visual report

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Arduino e la Luce - Massimo Banzi

Last weekend at Fondazione Achille Castiglioni Massimo Banzi held a workshop called “Arduino and the light” where participants learned the basics of Arduino and created an interactive lamp digitally manufactured and designed by Habits Studio.

The Tinkerlamp was developed to be easily assembled the necessity of any technical notion: a single sheet of wood includes all the pieces to be mounted in interlocking, avoiding the use of glues.

ArduinoLuce-Tinkerlamp

All the files to produce the laser-cut lamp will be  are released with an open-source license and now will be downloadable from Habit’s website.

Even without any knowledge of electronics, participants  learnt and practiced how to add interaction to the lamp using Tinkerkit, a collection of different sensors and actuators to make prototyping much easier as you can directly hook them up to the Arduino.

ArduinoLuce - Tinkerkit

 

Take a look at the pictures of the two-day workshop on our Flickr set below, click on it for bigger pictures!

TinkerKit! Gyroscope Now Available

Monday, October 10th, 2011

New fellows in the TinkerKit!  family: [T000060] and [T000062] are two versions of the same gyroscope module (1x / 4x sensitivity) based on the LPR5150AL from ST Microelectronics. We are sharing example codes and a visual UI in Processing (hosted on Scuola)

Arduino Is You

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Maker Faire New York is over and we are seeing a lot of reports and reviews about the new products Arduino has announced, we’re sincerely impressed by the amount of positive feedback and offers of collaboration that we have received.

We are  releasing a two part video extract of  my speech on saturday at Maker Faire New York. The title of the speech is “what’s ahead for Arduino”  and it describes the new products we’ve already announced on friday.

Yesterday we’ve had the pleasure of being slashdotted for the first time in our history with the side effect of being mentioned on a lot of websites. In particular what caught my attention is this article by Steve Rosenboaum on the Huffington Post entitled “What Barack Obama Could Learn From Maker Faire” :

Arduino is the kind of innovation eco-system that The White House could support today. Much like the President’s Fitness Challenge drove health and set goals for the nation, it’s easy to imagine an Arduino White House Challenge that would give young people the goals and rewards to drive big ideas into the economy. Today Dean Kamen’s US First Robotics teams are doing that in high schools across the country. And yet President Obama stays almost entirely silent on technology as if somehow the future of America is about us embracing and revitalizing the past.

Education and Community have always been at the core of Arduino….

Another big deal was the announcement that Radio Shack is going to be stocking Arduino in its thousands of stores. Everybody I met was tremendously excited about this (like we have been throughout the negotiation) and a momentous event for an open source project.

We closed our presentation with “Arduino is You”, this is something we like to remind everybody because the community is the lifeblood of Arduino. Give yourself a round of applause like we did in New York.

 

August Specials: Tinkerkit Servos And Open SoftWear

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We are happy to announce 3 new products available at the Arduino Store: two powerful servos with the standard Tinkerkit 3pin connector (T010050 and T010051) and OpenSoftwear, a book about fashion and technology by Tony Olsson, David Gaetano, Jonas Odhner, Samson Wiklund, in it’s second, revised edition.

Arduino Ethernet, ADK Available for purchase

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

 

This week we are releasing a few new products and services. We begin with the Arduino Ethernet and the Arduino Mega ADK.

The Arduino Ethernet combines a regular Arduino board with the Ethernet Shield into a single board designed to power your internet of things projects. It has the ability (if fitted with an optional module) to be powered directly from the ethernet cable using a standard called “Power over Ethernet“,  this makes ideal for permanent installations in buildings and similar structures.

For example, prototypes of the board have been installed and have been operating for over a year at the “Campari Gallery” museum in Milan Italy relaying sensor data via OSC to video players and other interactive installations with amazing reliability.

You can use any FTDI compatible cable or module to program it. For this purpose we are also releasing a new USB2Serial module that is based on the same circuit that’s used in the Arduino UNO, hacking the firmware on the atmega8u2 will allow you to make amazing stuff with this cheap module.

The Arduino Mega ADK is an exciting new addition to the lineup. Google recently released an Arduino-derived open source accessory development kit (ADK) for Android phones and tablets. This is our take on the platform.

It’s essentially an Arduino Mega 2560 with the addition of a USB Host chip that communicates with the phone and a beefy power supply (the board needs to be able to charge the phone). The communication is implemented using Oleg Mazurov’s USB Host library.

The ADK Sensor Kit makes it incredibly simple to develop with the ADK because there is no need to know anything about electronics, small modular sensors and actuators plug on top of the Mega ADK letting you create protoypes or robust installations in minutes!

Later this week we’ll release a few code examples that will make it very easy for anyone to build Android accessories with Arduino.

We hope you enjoy our new creations.

Arduino Store Opens

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

As you’ve probably noticed, we are proud to announce the  long-awaited opening of the Arduino Store. Give yourself a look here.

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Friday, November 19th, 2010

Today we had the chance to run two short worskhops about VVVV in conjunction with the Tinkerkit.

Leaving aside the usual issues with Windows, we were able to introduce 50 people to the use of Arduino as an extention of VVVV into the physical world.

The tinkerKit gave us the ability to concentrate on using Arduino without teaching anything about electronic, because the modules just connect and work.

here are some pictures of the event,

P.s. here’s the custom version of Firmata that works with VVVV, we found that the version linked from the VVVV wiki doesn’t compile.

This is a drop-in replacement for the firmata folder of your Arduino. (it also contains a new version of firmata that reads the nintendo nunchucks).

These are the patches that Alessandro built to demonstrate the different funcionalities of the kit.

Thanks to MESO, Davide Brull and Joreg

Today we had the chance to run two short worskhops about VVVV in conjunction with the Tinkerkit.

Leaving aside the usual issues with Windows, we were able to introduce 50 people to the use of Arduino as an extention of VVVV into the physical world.

The tinkerKit gave us the ability to concentrate on using Arduino without teaching anything about electronic, because the modules just connect and work.

here are some pictures of the event,

P.s. here’s the custom version of Firmata that works with VVVV, we found that the version linked from the VVVV wiki doesn’t compile.

This is a drop-in replacement for the firmata folder of your Arduino. (it also contains a new version of firmata that reads the nintendo nunchucks).

These are the patches that Alessandro built to demonstrate the different funcionalities of the kit.

Thanks to MESO, Davide Brull and Joreg

Today we had the chance to run two short worskhops about VVVV in conjunction with the Tinkerkit.

Leaving aside the usual issues with Windows, we were able to introduce 50 people to the use of Arduino as an extention of VVVV into the physical world.

The tinkerKit gave us the ability to concentrate on using Arduino without teaching anything about electronic, because the modules just connect and work.

here are some pictures of the event,

P.s. here’s the custom version of Firmata that works with VVVV, we found that the version linked from the VVVV wiki doesn’t compile.

This is a drop-in replacement for the firmata folder of your Arduino. (it also contains a new version of firmata that reads the nintendo nunchucks).

These are the patches that Alessandro built to demonstrate the different funcionalities of the kit.

Thanks to MESO, Davide Brull and Joreg