Making Space Accessible to Students with U of M Satellite

Zoe Romano April 3, 2015

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The U of M Satellite project started in 2010 as a student group at the University of Manitoba with the goal of building a nano satellite (10 x 10 x 34 cm) and make space accessible to the public. We got in touch with Ahmad Byagowi, team lead of the project, who teaches robotics in the same university. Ahmad told us that U of M Satellite became soon very popular, in fact  more than 300 students joined the group. In the first iteration the satellite’s goal was studying a micro animal (about 1 mm) called tardigrades and see its behaviour in space. The second iteration started in 2012, the same year of the launch of the Arduino Due and that’s why they designed everything based on it.

We had a nice talk with Ahmad and asked a bit more about the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Arduino IDE 1.6.3 released and available for download

Federico Fissore April 2, 2015

IDE1.6.3

A new version of the Arduino IDE (1.6.3) is available at the download page!
The Arduino IDE 1.6.3 is a bug fix release: after having released 1.6.2 with new libraries and cores managers, we received lots of useful feedback and fixed a handful of bugs. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Arduino Esplora with graphical programming languages

Zoe Romano March 31, 2015

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Alan Yorinks shared on Arduino Community on Gplus a physical computing environment he created to make it easier for 10 and 11 year old’s to start playing. He picked up an Arduino Esplora, and wrote some software so that it could be controlled from the Scratch and Snap! graphical programming languages. According to Alan, the Arduino Esplora has on-board integrated sensors, actuators and make it a perfect match for the graphical programming languages that the kids love to use. Read the rest of this entry »

A new Arduino Store for the US Market

mastrolinux March 30, 2015

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As part of the many news we are going to release in the next few months, we are glad to announce today a new Arduino Store completely based in the USA. Check it out at store-usa.arduino.cc, and discover some interesting features: Read the rest of this entry »

Arduino Day Official Events Hangout – #ArduinoD15

Zoe Romano March 28, 2015

Arduino is officially 10 years old and celebrating during Arduino Day!

Watch the video with Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe hangout with all the Official Arduino Day events:

Arduino IDE 1.6.2 released and available for download

Federico Fissore March 28, 2015

Arduino IDE 1.6.2

A new version of the Arduino IDE (1.6.2) is available at the download page!

The Arduino IDE 1.6.2 features new one click install of boards and libraries.

With 1.6.2, two new menu items are available: “Sketch > Include Library > Manage Libraries…” and “Tools > Board > Boards Manager…”

We have written two guides that explain how to use them. Discover how to use the Library Manager and how to install support for additional boards.

If you don’t find your preferred library in the list, let us know: open an issue on github and request us to add the library you love! Read the rest of this entry »

More than 250 groups in the world are celebrating Arduino Day!

Zoe Romano March 27, 2015

ARDUINODAY15

Tomorrow we are celebrating Arduino and its community with a day of official and self-organised gatherings, encouraging people to meet and share their interest in open source DIY electronics with neighbors and friends. More than 250 user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, schools, studios, and educators around the world joined us with a series of unique activities designed for a wide range of audiences and skillsets.

Like last year we created a map to identify all community events going on throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa,  Australia and make it easier for you to find an event near you on the Arduino Day website . In 2015 even more collectives appeared on the map, you can explore them now clicking on the pic below: Read the rest of this entry »

Play with the Basketball Robot running on Intel Edison

Zoe Romano March 25, 2015

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After you had an introduction to Intel Edison  following the Getting Started guide, and our previous tutorial, the Intel Edison mini-breakout Getting Started Guide, it’s now time to work on something a bit more complex. You’ll be also able to play a bit with Node.js,  a programming platform that runs on javascript and a good choice for building a web-based application. It is supported by the Intel® Edison standard system image so you can run node.js scripts directly on it.

He shoots! He scores! The crowd goes wild! Let’s build a robot that plays basketball with you. This tutorial is a step-by-step guide for a simple and small differential-drive robot that uses the Intel Edison. You’ll get to know a few more tricks on how to use Mini Breakout Kit and set up a node.js server for the communication.

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Having fun with music in a science class

Zoe Romano March 24, 2015

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A science teacher at Bundang management high school, 20 kilometers southeast of downtown Seoul (South Korea) involved his students in an Arduino Music project running on Arduino Uno, Sparkfun Music Instrument Shield and Makey Makey.

Students started studying the principles of sensors and then built their own music instruments using recycled materials. Finally they played them as you can see from the video he shared with us: Read the rest of this entry »

An open hardware quartz crystal microbalance

Zoe Romano March 23, 2015

openQCM

Marco Mauro is a physicist currently employed as Scientific Coordinator at Novaetech, the first Spin-off Company of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Italy. He shared with us all the info about a project he’s been working on  and based on Arduino Micro.

OpenQCM is a fully open source scientific microbalance capable of weighing mass deposition down to 1 billionth of gram: Read the rest of this entry »

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