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Grooving with Open Hardware

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A laser light show using open hardware is the perfect hack for a bachelor-pad.

It’s a “programmable disco ball,” a “cat toy for humans,” and a “personal laser light show,” all rolled into one. That’s how one Matt Leone describes his latest creation, aptly known as the Laser Ball. To realize his dream, Leone drilled a set of holes into a garden variety tennis ball, and inserted about 14 laser diodes, each with an attached strip of diffraction grating. Said diodes were then synced up with an Arduino-equipped Teensy microcontroller nestled within the ball, alongside a rechargeable battery.

To make it interactive, Leone incorporated Adafruit’s IR remote control.

Groove on!

[Via: Engadget ]

Breakfast at Arduino

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

 

For the second year in a row we decided to announce our new products at Maker Faire in NYC.

Tomorrow morning, if you come to the Arduino tent, you will be able to see:

Arduino 1.0, we finally froze the Arduino API, the IDE and the layout of the boards. We’ve made some minor additions to the Arduino connectors to make them more flexible. Tomorrow you will be able to download the release candidate and in 1 month of frantic testing with the community, the platform will be ready and stable.

Arduino Leonardo, a low cost Arduino board with the Atmega32u4. It has the same shape and connectors as the UNO but it has a simpler circuit. On the software side it has a nifty USB driver able to simulate a mouse , a keyboard, a serial port (with more drivers coming later). As usual for Arduino, everything will be released as open source (Core, Bootloader, Hardware).

Arduino Due, a major breakthrough for Arduino because we’re launching an Arduino board with a 32bit Cortex-M3 ARM processor on it. We’re using the SAM3U processor from ATMEL running at 96MHz with 256Kb of Flash, 50Kb of Sram, 5 SPI buses, 2 I2C interfaces, 5 UARTS, 16 Analog Inputs at 12Bit resolution and much more.

Instead of just releasing the finished platform we are opening the process to the community early on. We’re going to be demoing the board and giving away some boards to a selected group of developers who will be invited to shape the platform while it’s been created. After Maker Faire, we will begin selling a small batch of Developer Edition boards on the Arduino store (store.arduino,cc) for members of the community who want to be join the development effort. We plan a final and tested release by the end of 2011

Arduino Wifi Shield. It adds Wi-Fi communication capabilities to any Arduino. Instead of using any of the classic WiFi modules on the market we wanted to have something that will provide the maximum level of hackability to the user. The shield is based on a wifi micro module made by H&D Wireless coupled with a powerful AVR32 processor that carries the full TCP-IP stack leaving room to add your own protocols and customisations. We’ve also worked hard to make sure that you will be able to migrate your code from the Ethernet Shield with minor changes.

We’re also going to show some prototypes of new platforms we’ve been working on: We have robots, new IDEs and more.

It has been a crazy few months and we want to thank ATMEL very much the support that we got on all the new products.

Come over to Maker Faire and have a look for yourself!

Not Designed To Be Dumped

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Arduino itself is something used to do things (or repair / reuse them). It’s very difficoult for you to break it, and it’s not the kind of consumer electronics product depicted in the video above (I must say me myself I’m treated like a kind of dump by my friends: people brings me all kind of electronic junk in order to be reused. I think this is common to most of our readers). But still I find this video strongly related to DIY world, our way to design things,  our personal daily habits. We strongly advice you to spend your next 7’46” in watchin this video.

(by the way,  long ago Arduino opted for Carbon Neutrality for the majority of its products).

via [HistoryOfElectronics]

 

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.

 

Hot from a brainstorming session

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

 

Ardunerds refusal

(c) 2010 Ardunerds refusal by Mie Norgaard

We had a brainstorming session the other day and Mie Norgaard (blog, twitter), a researcher from IT-University Copenhagen came by to take sketch-notes from it. The discussion was about alternative currency systems for a new Fablab we are creating in Malmo … and she took this note at some point. I found it quite funny. Check more of her drawings (and everything else) at mienoergaard.dk

 

 

Hacked Toy Internet Alert Circuit

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 

 

Roth Mobot shared a nice project about an “interface between the Internet and a common circuit bent toy.

We decided to create a circuit that would activate a toy whenever someone logged into Roth Mobot’s web site. We designed a simple and elegant solution using an Arduino, a home made Vactrol, a common electronic toy, and three simple scripts written in different programming languages. We’d like to thank William Swyter for lending us his Arduino, and Factory Smoke for his Vactrol suggestion, which stopped us from creating overly-complicated custom circuitry with transistors and diodes, and made the programming a piece of cake. The result was an elegant circuit that electrically insulates the toy from the Arduino (and the computer) by “optically coupling” them with light.

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Arduino a Scuola

Monday, October 11th, 2010

 

Ecco una interessantissima iniziativa per presentare un progetto di sperimentazione di Arduino e Processing nel biennio delle scuole piemontesi. L’invito é rivolto a tutti i docenti di scuole superiori che vogliano veicolare un’Informatica che non sia solo L’ECDL (che é utile e necessaria, ovviamente), ma introdurre nel programma scolastico nuovi mezzi di formazione:

Il seminario “Arduino a scuola: laboratori e riflessioni sull’informatica libera a scuola”, organizzato dall’Associazione Dschola, dal Progetto Arduino, dal CSP Innovazione nelle ICT e dall’Associazione Docabout in collaborazione con l’ITI Majorana di Grugliasco, è la prima iniziativa in Italia rivolta alle scuole con l’obiettivo di sensibilizzare il pubblico sul tema della computer ethics e suscitare interesse e curiosità sul tema del fai-da-te tecnologico, con uno sguardo che va oltre l’aspetto strumentale e si riflette sulle pratiche educative.

Durante il pomeriggio si parlerà di Computer Ethics e di Arduino, di rifiuto elettronico e di prototipazione elettronica. L’idea del seminario é di presentare un corso che porterà queste tematiche in classe, a ragazzi del biennio di Licei e Istituti Tecnici.

L’intero corso (che partirà – nelle scuole che aderiranno – tra Marzo e Giugno 2010) sarà disponibile online. Il seminario sarà l’occasione di mettere online una nuova sezione del sito Arduino.cc, rivolta specificatamente alla formazione e a strumenti per la docenza.

Per partecipare all’incontro bisogno iscriversi qui.

All’incontro parteciperanno, tra gli altri:
- Massimo Banzi, consulente e docente di Design Interattivo, nonché co-fondatore del Progetto Arduino
- Norberto Patrignani, docente di “Computer Ethics” alla Scuola di Dottorato del Politecnico di Torino e di “ICT & Societa’ dell’Informazione” all’Universita’ Cattolica di Milano
- Andrea Molino, resp. dell’Area Embedded Systems e Robotics Lab del CSP Innovazione nelle ICT

il programma compleato e la rassegna stampa sul sito di [DSChola] oppure scarica il volantino [qui]

 

 

 

Why Arduino is a hit? (comparing to others…)

Friday, July 9th, 2010

have a look at this very interesting article on wired online talking and compairing Beagleboard to the Arduino success:

For electronics hobbyists, the open source chipset BeagleBoard that packs as much punch as a smartphone processor might seem like the key to paradise.

Yet it is the relatively underpowered 8-bit microcontroller Arduino that has captured the attention of DIYers.

Arduino began as a project in Italy in 2005 and since then has turned into an open source hardware movement. There are thousands of Arduino projects today such as electric meters, guitar amplifiers and Arduino-based gadgets that can tell you when your plants need water.

The Arduino community is at least 100,000 users strong.  But it is not alone.

Other open source projects like the BeagleBoard, which is shepherded by Texas Instruments, are trying to win Arduino fans over.

via [wired]

Arduino and repurposed Nike

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Not long ago we have been inspired by this Nike Japanese advert about bendable instruments made out of shoes. Now it’s the time of rethinking the use of the shoe.

‘NIKE Levitation’

To me the shoes have a very pure function. Supporting, cushioning and softening the inevitable fall back down to earth. It was this relationship with gravity that gave me my starting point. I asked what would happen if the shoes didn’t have to fall back down to earth? What if they never touched the ground? How would their function change? I imagined them moving away from impact cushioning and towards a kind of spectacle. So this is what I decided
to make happen.

Actually making it happen was very challenging. After experimenting (and failing) with many different systems and methods, I finally settled on a system comprising an electromagnet and feedback system, at the heart of which is an Arduino micro controller.

more info after the break.

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Translating as Community Work

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Nice community experience among arduino-spaniards and told by David Cuartielles here:

This week, I am doing some serious community volunteering in the production of the Arduino Reference in Spanish. In the early days of the Arduino project, back in 2006 and thanks to the work of mostly 3 people, we translated the Arduino page back then into Spanish. The system, thanks to the contribution of hundreds of users around the globe, evolved in an almost infinite series of iterations, into what it is today.

have a look or help

via [Medea]