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Arduino Manufacturing and Carbon Neutrality

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Smart Projects, the Italian company that is the manufactures the Arduino Duemilanove, Mega, and Mini,  has signed up with the ZeroImpact/Lifegate project in order  reduce its environmental impact and compensate for the emissions created in manufacturing Arduino boards. The company’s donation to ZeroImpact/Lifegate will go to restore and protect  25 thousand square meters of rainforest in Costa Rica.  This means that for every two Arduino boards manufactured by Smart Projects, one square meter of rainforest will be restored or protected from deforestation. This donation has been in effect from the beginning of production of the Arduino Mega in an effort to make the production of Arduino boards closer to carbon neutral.

And von Hippel talked about Arduino

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Eric von Hippel, at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, was interviewed by Deloitte Review on the subject of open source technologies in the field of innovation, he makes a very nice mention about Arduino:

Open hardware is a set of open platforms and tools to support people who want to design their own hardware. For example, the Arduino board is a basic electronics processing board with open specifications that anyone can copy and use in their own projects. People are proving that profitable firms can be set up around supplying hardware built to open specs.

It seems to be a really good article, you can read the whole thing here.

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!

Life Cycle Assessment of Duemilanove

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Caroline Brown, an ITP student in Jennifer Van der Meer’s class, is trying to do a life cycle assessment on the Duemilanove, to determine its environmental impact.  I think it’s an interesting idea, since I’ve never seen an LCA done on a module like the Arduino. I’ve seen a few on commercial products, but never on development tools.

She’s currently collecting info on how you use your boards and how long they stay in use. If you’re interested, her survey is online here. It’s anonymous.

This is a very short project she’s doing (only a few weeks long), so the results may not be conclusive, but nevertheless, I hope it’ll reveal enough about the environmental impact to delve into more assessment in the future. It’d be great to learn something about how to minimize the impact of what we do.

Arduino Summit

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Arduino Team at K3

(back) Dave Mellis, Tom Igoe; (front) Gianluca Martino, David Cuartielles, Massimo Banzi

Arduino’s team met during the Easter weekend 2008 for the first time since 2005 when the five member were seen together at a small restaurant in Ivrea, Italy. The group spent three days speaking about the future of prototyping technologies, trying out better ways how to structure the Arduino web-services, testing the forthcoming v0011 (thanks to everybody involved in the discussion process), and analyzing the best ways to improve user experience both on the hardware and software sides.

K3, the School of Arts and Communication at Malmo University, Sweden, kindly sponsored this three days gathering. The snow outdoors wouldn’t allow sightseeing, what helped to work through a much longer agenda than planned.


Friday, August 10th, 2007

The Arduino blog is a place for thoughts, news, and discussion with the Arduino team. We thought it was important to provide a higher-profile platform for discussion to complement the more practical Arduino forum, the publicly-editable Arduino playground wiki, and the technically-focused developers mailing list. We hope the blog will be a place for more general discussion about the Arduino project, its goals and development. We’d also like to encourage conversation with people who may not be users of Arduino or members of the forum. Plus, we’ve got a lot of exciting announcements coming soon and wanted to make sure they were easy to spot.

That said, welcome to the Arduino blog! We hope you enjoy it.