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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.


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]

Vote for Arduino! [English subtitled video provided!]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

You have probably read this blog post from [dcuartielles] talking about “Italia degli Innovatori” project.

The Italian government is making a selection of national innovations to bring to Shanghai’s Expo this year. There have been many entries, among them ours, and now Wired Italy is conducting an online poll to decide which will be the chosen ones to be present at the Expo. Representing Arduino, Massimo submitted an entry in the name of Smartprojects, the company manufacturing Arduino USB and Arduino Mega, as well as a bunch of the official shields. The whole campaign is in Italian, and therefore it is pretty hard for the non-Italian speakers to even get to know this is happening.

Since I taped the interview some time ago, I chose to upload it on our youtube channel, with english subtitles.

Remember that this interview was shot to explain Arduino to an italian audience that used to ignore it. Massimo is one of the most modest person I know, and reading throught the subtitles I could feel the inner differences among english and italian.

Tell us what you think and – overall – vote!

via [arduinoBlog]

Arduino badges

Monday, May 10th, 2010

[davidCuartuelles] compares two different arduino badges: the ladyada’s arduino Uno meeting ones and the MultilogicaShop badges . And shows us.

Arduino per Wired Italia: I codici del "porta-spezie Juke Box"

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Codici in arrivo.

Arduino Ant Farm

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Amazing project from [Adam Franchino], via [MAKE]

I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it’s an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker’s name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is

from [MAKE] source [Adam Franchino]

CEB Press: Building on RepRap and Arduino

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The CEB automation for the Liberator Beta 2.0 open source CEB press builds on other open source projects. We are using: (1), power drivers from the RepRap project for driving the solenoid valves; (2), Arduino as the controller-brain for the brick-pressing logic; and (3), a Ubuntu 8.04 Linux laptop for programming the logic. The advantage of this approach is that utilizing existing modules builds on mountains of prior work and documentation. In the limit of an open source economy – one would in principle be able to take well-documented and available parts, components, and modules to become a Maker of all the surrounding world. This is a deep part of autonomy and of evolution to freedom.

If you happen to visit “Open Source Ecolog,  Building tools for replicable, open source, post-scarcity resilient communities” you may jump it this interesting ongoing project on an opens source earth-compressing machine.


"Build your own" Geiger Counter [2 part tutorial]

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

We are all fascinated by X10, and if you want to go deeper in the subject, check the blog  Arduino X10 Collection.

There is a two part series in the making of a DIY Geiger Counter Project which is built with an Arduino Microcontroller.

I put it all into an old laptop power supply case – not my best work, but as we said in Arkansas, “it ain’t no piano”. It does have a nice sturdy feel though.
I’ve always been fascinated with measurement tools, so building a Geiger counter seemed like a logical thing to do. I will describe the build process here – even though the Arduino only plays small part, and that only a truly sick person (which I guess I am) would consider a Geiger counter as part of a Home Automation project.


Skinput: Appropriating the Body as an Input Surface

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Closer to Sci-fi…

Working in conjunction with Microsoft, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute has developing an innovative new interface that turns users bodies into a control surface. Called “Skinput”, the system consists of an armband-mounted video projector and a series of bio-acoustic sensors. Due to variations in skin, muscle and bone density, the sounds captured by these sensors can be used to determine where on the users arm a given tap was made.