Arduino - hands-on opensource
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I'm talking to an author about doing some more material on Arduino. I love the concept... basic hardware components that you can program to do stuff. It's very extensible, able to connect with all kinds of sensors and motors and other things.
While researching the current state of Arduino on developerWorks I found a couple of oldie-but-goodie articles that are worth reviewing:
These are very cool. At some point I may try to have some unboxing video of my own Arduino kit and keep you posted on what I do with it. Open-source software is awesome, but when openness moves into hardware it creates real opportunities to change everything. I'm not talking about making money-- though there is certainly opportunity there as well. I'm talking about the chance to make technology accessible to everybody. Imagine the value for society if anyone in the world could inexpensively set up a climate station that would interact with open data systems to provide feedback and suggestions on how to handle crops or other things based on the data collected. Imagine the impact on students if they were able to explore robotics and automation. This is how we get to a Star Trek sort of world, where technology frees us to pursue our true interests and abilities to their fullest extent rather than settling for what situation we can find.
Check out these Arduino projects and share things that you've done with Arduino here, or in the Real World Open Source group. I'm genuinely curious and I think your projects will inspire others.